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November 2020

Nordisk Panorama News

Bitter Love by Jerzy Sladkowski

Nordic Docs and Projects at IDFA – and Meet Us There

This year at IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (18 November – 6 December), 12 docs produced or co-produced in a Nordic country have been selected for the different sections of the festival and 9 Nordic projects will be presented at the IDFA Forum. Congratulations to all selected films and projects!

The 2020 edition of IDFA will take place in a hybrid version with live screenings in cinemas in Amsterdam and 44 theaters throughout the Netherlands. All industry activities happen online and with attendance of the Nordisk Panorama team, who among other things will be hosting, moderating and giving consultations throughout the festival.

Nordisk Panorama Online Festival Attendance

While we miss meeting all of you in person the Nordisk Panorama team is active at several online festivals and so far for November Festival Producer Sigrid Bersmann has taken part inNordische Filmtage Lübeck, Forum & Impact Manager Lea Maria Strandbæk Sørensen was at Tokyo Docs, and Market Manager Maria Stoianova just completed her activities at Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. Coming up is Torino Short Film Market and IDFA. We look forward to seeing you online.

New Funding Opportunity for Cooperation Projects Between Québec and the Nordic Countries

The Goverment of Québec and the Nordic Council of Ministers have launched a new call for cooperation projects in culture, society, research and innovation between Québec and the Nordic Countries, which is now open for entries. Deadline for submission is December 7 and more information can be found on the Nordic Council of Ministers’ website.

Filmmaker Q&A’s and Masterclasses Online

Remember that you can still catch all the filmmaker Q&A’s and masterclasses from this year’s Nordisk Panorama Film Festival on our Youtube-channel.

Names in the News

Klara Nilsson Grunning is new documentary film commissioner at the Norwegian Film Institute. Read more here.

Nordic Award Winners

Nordic short films and documentaries take home awards all over the world. Check out the Nordic short and doc award winners of 2020 here. If your film receives an award this year, please let us know

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October 2020

Nordisk Panorama News

The 2020 Festival in Review

Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 2020 became a special year where all of the Nordic countries joined us online to take part in our sessions, market, forum, meetings, networking – and to stream films! The 31st edition gathered an audience of more than 41.000 at our online streaming platform, digital masterclasses, Q&As, and at the in-person events in Malmö. In addition, our industry events attracted over 800 accredited filmmakers and decision-makers from all over the world. 

We would like to thank all of you who participated from your couches and home offices, and we really hope to see you in Malmö again next year 16-21 September, 2021. Save the date!

See our festival photos here!

The Award Winners

On Thursday 24 September, the winning films at Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 2020 were announced. The award ceremony was broadcast live on Facebook from Malmö City Hall and the audience was invited to participate from the comfort of their couches.

In case you missed it, you can watch it here and enjoy both the jury motivations & the speeches from the happy winners.

Best Nordic Documentary
The Painter and the Thief by Benjamin Ree (Norway), 2020
Honourable Mention
The Last Autumn by Yrsa Roca Fannberg (Iceland), 2019.
Cash prize: 11.000€ 
Sponsored by the Nordic public broadcasters: DR, YLE, RUV, NRK and SVT

Best Nordic Short Film
The Affected by Rikke Gregersen (Norway), 2020.
Cash prize: 6.000€ 
Sponsored by Swedish Film Directors and Nordisk Panorama

New Nordic Voice Award
Doc:Colombia In My Arms by Jenni Kivistö & Jussi Rastas (Finland), 2020.
Short:Fucking Adopted by Nora Nivedita Tvedt (Norway), 2020.
Cash prize: 5.000€ 
Sponsored by Film i Skåne and AVEK

Young Nordic – Children’s Choice Award
Yes-People by Gísli Darri Halldórsson (Iceland), 2020.
Cash prize: 1.500€ 
Sponsored by Nordisk Panorama

The City of Malmö’s Audience Award
The Nannies by Signe Barvild Stæhr (Denmark), 2020.
Cash prize: 2.500€ 
Sponsored by the City of Malmö

Nordisk Panorama Forum 2020

More than 340 film professionals attended this year’s 27th edition of Nordisk Panorama Forum online! 20 projects pitched to 93 decision-makers and a total of 39 projects were presented in one-to-one meetings. Close to 600 meetings took place during the online forum. We are looking forward to following the projects, seeing the results and hopefully welcoming back the finished films at Nordisk Panorama Film Festival!

37 producers attended the yearly networking event “Producers Meet Producers” focussed on co-production and sharing experiences. The day included a presentation by the Nordic Film Institutes and an introduction to our specially invited guests from the Baltic delegation.

For the 2020 online edition NP Forum was also offering an extra “Doc Expert Day” focused on different aspects of the European and international documentary landscape. The day consisted of 7 presentations and individual meetings between the experts and forum participants.

Nordisk Panorama Market 2020

Nordisk Panorama Market was bustling with meetings, seminars and industry events. 254 films in the market catalogue with 19 Nordic shorts and docs screened as Closed Market Screenings. The Nordic Short Film Pitch presented 10 new short film projects and 132 meetings were held.

Work-in-Progress presented 6 new documentary projects nearing the finish line to more than 60+ decision makers followed by 40 pre-booked meetings. 

Three Expert Round tables were organized with 15 decision makers and 39 one-to-one meetings.

Revisit the Masterclasses

You can still watch the two masterclasses with Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Hubert Sauper on our Youtube channel. Enjoy the journey through Hubert Sauper’s full body of work with clips from Darwin’s NightmareWe Come As Friends and Epicentro and the on-set talk with artist and animation director Niki Lindroth von Bahr about her career to date, creative processes, and what makes her tick.

Watch Hubert Sauper
Watch Niki Lindroth von Bahr

The Painter and the Thief – Q&A

Watch the Filmmaker Q&A’s

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the filmmakers share their perspectives and the stories behind the making of their films! Q&A’s with all the filmmakers of the festival are now available on our Youtube-channel.

Watch the Q&A’s here!

Thank You to all of our Volunteers!

Warm thank you to all the wonderful volunteers helping us during our in-person events in Malmö and our online activities.

We couldn’t have made the festival without you, your hard work, and your friendly attitudes!

Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 2020 in Numbers:

17-27 September online and select in-person events in Malmö, Sweden.

31st edition.

10 festival days.

97 films were screened during the festival.

815 accredited guests.

541 submitted films.

254 of the latest Nordic shorts and documentaries were presented at the Nordisk Panorama Market.

10 new short film projects were presented at Nordic Short Film Pitch and 6 nearly finished documentaries were presented at the Work in Progress event.

39 documentary projects were presented to international decision-makers at Nordisk Panorama Forum.

Over 800 industry meetings were scheduled throughout the festival days.

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September 2020

Nordisk Panorama News

Meet the Juries of Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 2020

Best Nordic Documentary:
Benjamin Langeland, Winner Best Nordic Documentary 2019
Madeline Robert, Head of Industry Visions du Réel
Pierre-Alexis Chevit, Head of Cannes Docs

Best Nordic Short Film:
Wouter Jansen, Sales Agent & Distributor at Square Eyes
Julia Thelin, Winner of Best Nordic Short 2019 
Alexandra Gramatke, Managing Director of the Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg

New Nordic Voice:
Ida Persson Lännerberg, Winner New Nordic Voice 2019
Tapio Riihimäki, Executive Director of DocPoint
Tina í Dali Wagner, Head of the Faroese Film Institute 
Find out more

Watch Filmmaker Q&As on 
Nordisk Panorama Streaming Platform

This year Q&As with the filmmakers in our competition programme will be available online as bonus material on our streaming platform. Films in the competition programme will be released from 17 Sept onwards. 

Find out more

Try out the NP Filter on Instagram

At the 31st edition of the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival most events will take place online and most films will be available for audiences in all of the Nordic countries to see!

Try it out…. and share the NP filter to help us spread the word!

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Nordisk Panorama Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries

18-23 Sept 2020 – Online

Featuring pitching sessions and pre-booked individual meetings, Nordisk Panorama Forum offers a professional platform to network and do business in addition to providing industry insights for observers and film school students.

For the 2020 online edition of the forum we are happy to present the Doc Expert Day where all industry and forum accredited guests can join presentations by renowned experts from different corners of the doc industry. The presentations are Wednesday 23 September 9.30-13.00 CEST. Forum accredited guests can book meetings with the experts in the afternoon.

Find out more

Nordisk Panorama Market

17-23 Sept 2020 – Online

Welcoming international film festivals, distributors and buyers from all over the world, Nordisk Panorama Market offers a comprehensive overview of the newest independently produced Nordic short and documentary films.

Presenting some 250+ titles completed within the past year or being in the pipeline, Nordisk Panorama Market is a unique window to what’s cooking in the Nordic region as well as hosting industry seminars, The Nordic Short Film Pitch and Work in Progress. 

Find out more

Industry Accreditation

Accreditation to Nordisk Panorama Film Festival online 17-27 September 2020 is open to film professionals.

The Industry accreditation gives you access to the online industry seminars, expert round tables, masterclasses and the 2020 digital festival film catalogue.

Get your accreditation here 


Upcoming dates

17-27 Sept: Nordisk Panorama Film Festival
17 Sept: Festival Opening Night – Live streamed
17-23 Sept: Nordisk Panorama Market – Online
18-23 Sept: Nordisk Panorama Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries – Online
24 Sept: Award Gala – Live streamed

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Full Programme Release 2020

We are excited to present the full festival programme for this year’s Nordisk Panorama. The festival’s 31st edition will be celebrated with a fully-packed film and industry programme on 17-27 September. Most events will take place online for audiences in all of the Nordic countries and a few select ones in Malmö, Sweden for the locals to enjoy!

The festival starts on Thursday, 17 September with a magical online Opening Night and the screening of the Swedish short film Something to Remember, directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Finnish documentary Lady Time, directed by Elina Talvensaari. Then 10 days will follow where you can experience the best Nordic short and documentary films from the comfort of your own couch.

On Thursday 24 September we invite you to join us for the digital Awards Gala, where we will be celebrating the winners of the five competitions: Best Nordic Documentary, Best Nordic Short, New Nordic Voice, Young Nordic, and the City of Malmö’s Audience Award.

Check out some of the highlights below and the full programme either on our website or in our digital festival catalogue.

Masterclasses

Hubert Sauper.

Hubert Sauper, Austrian Documentary Director

The masterclass with Hubert Sauper will be a journey through his full body of work, in conversation with the world-renowned director himself. Hubert Sauper has a unique insight into the position of the “alien eye” when creating thought-provoking art and encouraging viewers to make their own connections while experiencing surreal slices of life.

Hubert Sauper’s film Epicentro won the 2020 Grand Jury Award at the Sundance World Documentary Competition.

Find out more

Still from The Burden.

Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Swedish Animation Director

Niki Lindroth von Bahr is currently working on a new Netflix production, and we catch up with her on the set to hear about her career to date, creative processes, and what makes her tick.

Niki Lindroth von Bahr is an artist and animation director based in Stockholm. Her award-winning short films The Burden (2017), Bath House (2014) and Tord and Tord (2010) have been screened at festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Toronto and Sundance. Since its premiere in 2018, The Burden has won 82 awards, including the Cristal for Best Short Film in Annecy, Best International Short Film in Toronto and Sweden’s Guldbaggen for Best Short Film.

Find out more

SFI Filmrummet Presents: “Digging the Digital”

An online panel discussion about the effects of Corona through the perspectives of film festivals, markets and the filmmakers experience when launching a new film or project. Has the role of festivals changed? What possibilities has these new digital or hybrid formats opened up? Can you still sell your film following a digital premiere?

Panel: 
Brigid O’Shea, head of industry, DokLeipzig and founder of the DAE
Charlotte Gry Madsen, commissioning editor, SVT
Emma Möndrup, technical producer, CPH:DOX and Cannes Digital/Scandinavian Films
David Herdies, filmmaker, Momento Film
Signe Byrge Sørensen, producer, Final Cut For Real

Moderator: 
Klara Grunning

Find out more

VOD Deals – Beyond the Big Five with Wendy Bernfeld

Short and documentary films can sell to a wide range of VOD platforms. Many non-exclusive deals across various windows (tvod, svod, avod) and regions, to midsized and selected smaller platforms can be lucrative. 

In this webinar VOD expert and former lawyer Wendy Bernfeld of Rights Stuff will give an overview of the various platforms to possibly sell to and how to reach them. She will be in conversation with producer Ove Rishøj Jensen of Auto Images.

This industry event is supported by the five Nordic Creative Europe Desks.

Find out more

Still from My Aunt.

Video Work: My Aunt – Ikram Abdulkadir

“I’m so happy to finally be able to share with you that I’m participating in this year’s Nordisk Panorama Film Festival with a short video I shot earlier this year of my aunt singing a song by the famous Somali artist, Ahmed Ali Egal, and a form of poetry known as gabley shimbir in Somali. To her, these songs are a reminder of a home she’s left and the days of peace before the civil war. To me, she is my connection to a time and place I’ll never be able to visit”, says Ikram Abdulkadir. Ikram Abdulkadir (b. 1995, Nairobi) is a Malmö-based photographer and poet – and the creative force behind the Instagram account @ikramianism. 21-23 Sep her film is shown at Inter Arts Center in Malmö. Curator: C. Grace Chang

Find out more

Still from Waste no.6 How Great.

“Waste Not, Want Not” at Malmö City Library and Online

Always inquisitive and willing to try something new, Jan Ijäs’ films aren’t easy to categorise but are all the more interesting for it. Jan Ijäs has been developing an excellent series on the theme of waste, and we can present two episodes (Waste no.4 New York, New York and Waste no.6 How Great), the first exploring waste through twelve cemeteries and one land fill – and the second looking at addiction, the internet, and the digital revolution.

The programme will play in a loop for the duration of the festival at Malmö City Library from 17 Sept & online from 21 Sept.

Find out more

Nordisk Panorama Awards 2020
– the cash prizes go to the director(s):

Best Nordic Documentary: 
14 films in competition.
Prize €11.000.
Sponsored by the Nordic public broadcasters: DR, YLE, RUV, NRK and SVT

Best Nordic Short:
22 films in competition.
Prize €6.000 and direct qualification for the annual Academy Awards®
Sponsored by Swedish Film Directors and Nordisk Panorama

New Nordic Voice:
18 films in competition. 
Prize €5.000
Sponsored by Film i Skåne and AVEK

Young Nordic – Children’s Choice Award:
13 films in the Young Nordics programme compete for the love of our young audiences. 
Prize €1.500
Sponsored by Nordisk Panorama

City of Malmö’s Audience Award:
All films from all competitions. 
Prize €2.500
Sponsored by the City of Malmö


Read more about the nominated films

Upcoming dates:

10 Sept: Jury presentation and ticket release for in-person events in Malmö.
17-27 Sept: Nordisk Panorama Film Festival online and in Malmö, Sweden.
17 Sept: Festival Opening Night with a live streamed ceremony and opening films
24 Sept: Live streamed Award Gala

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Nordisk Panorama News

August 2020

Nordisk Panorama Film Festival Competition Programme 2020

Out of 541 submitted films 67 were selected to compete for the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival Awards in four competition programmes.

“Selecting films for Nordisk Panorama Film Festival was both pure joy and incredibly harsh. How do you select such a limited number of films from a region so rich in its documentary culture? We approached it with the ambition to show the diversity in voices, film language and themes in each country, and this method has resulted in a selection that we feel shows the depth and talent throughout the Nordic region”, says Cecilia Lidin & Martijn te Pas, documentary programmers for the festival. ”It’s been another stellar year for Nordic short filmmaking. This year’s competition programme is full of invention and intelligence. And, as something of a counterpoint to what has been and continues to be a challenging time for everyone around the world, there is a brilliant sense of humour that shines through many of these films that is both joyful and playful”, says Sam Groves & Lucile Bourliaud programmers for the short film programmes.

See full competition programme!

Volunteer at Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 2020

We are looking for great colleagues and film enthusiasts that want to join the crew during the film festival 17 – 27 September and we wonder, would you like to be a part of this magical film festival?

More info!

Aquaphobia Production: Blinkfilm AS

Young Nordic already fully booked!

Our Young Nordic programme for younger audiences, which will screen in schools around Skåne, has sold out in only two days, with 1800 reservations made! The programme is a collaboration with Skolbio Malmö and BUFF.

Full programme here!

Don’t Miss the Doc Expert Day!

A Record Number of Forum Decision-Makers and an Extra Day of Doc Insights

For the 27th edition of Nordisk Panorama Forum we look forward to welcoming around 85 decision-makers to watch the pitches and have meetings with the selected projects. We are happy about the great interest in Nordic documentaries and look forward to facilitating meetings and networking in a new online space. See the full list of decision-makers here.

Joining us this year is a special delegation from the Baltic countries, who will meet and network with Nordic colleagues. The delegation is organized in collaboration with Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries and here are the profiles of all the delegation members.

A new added value to the forum this year is our Doc Expert Day, which will be a day full of exciting presentations and meetings with renowned experts from all areas of the international doc industry. Individual meetings can be requested by all forum accredited guests. Check out the programme and all the experts here.

Nordisk Panorama Market

Six documentary projects selected for Work in Progress and ten short film projects selected for The Nordic Short Film Pitch. In addition NP Market will host Expert Round Tables and one-to-one meetings, industry seminars and Closed Market Screenings for new films looking to hit the world stage.

Check out more information here.

Industry Accreditation

Accreditation to Nordisk Panorama Film Festival online 17-27 September 2020 is open to film professionals. Get your Accreditation here  The Industry accreditation gives you access to the industry seminars online, expert round tables, Masterclasses and the 2020 online festival film catalogue.

Upcoming dates:

3 Sept: Release of full Festival Programme
10 Sept: Jury presentation
17-27 Sept: Nordisk Panorama Film Festival
17 Sept: Festival Opening Night with a live stream ceremony and opening films
24 Sept: Award Gala with a live stream awards ceremony

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Opening Films 2020

We’re so thrilled to announce the Opening Films of this years festival and we invite you to take part in the magical online Opening Night Thursday 17 Sept with a live streamed ceremony from your very own couch.

Opening films are the documentary Lady Time (Neiti Aika) by Elina Talvensaari and animated short film Something to Remember (Något att minnas) by Niki Lindroth von Bahr.

Lady Time. Photo: Joonas Pulkkanen

Lady Time

Neiti Aika

Filmmaker Elina Talvensaari gets to know the previous occupant of her new home, an old woman who died alone with no one to remember her. Everything she owned from books to furniture remained in the apartment and was passed on to Elina. What if Elina was to throw everything out? Worried that this would obliterate the old woman, Elina tries to find out who she was. What gives life meaning? And what happens to that meaning after a person’s death?

“It makes me so glad that a story of an unknown, ordinary woman gets to be chosen to open the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival. The world is full of stories of oh-so-important men and their extraordinary thoughts and feelings and I think this is a sign, among many others, that the world is changing. Other types of stories are coming through,” says Elina Talvensaari.

More info

Something to Remember. Production company: Malade AB

Something to Remember

Något att minnas

A lullaby before the great disaster. Two pigeons visit a zoo without animals; a snail has a doctor measure his blood pressure; and something goes terribly wrong at the CERN laboratory. Six moments from our age, like memories of a world we leave behind. 

“I wrote the script when I was on parental leave with my newborn baby. It became a sort of apocalyptic lullaby that came to me in the strange, half-awake state that I was in. It’s a great honour for me to have the film opening the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival, it makes me really happy,” says Niki Lindroth von Bahr.

More info

Upcoming dates:

20 Aug: Release of Competition Programme
3 Sept: Release of full Festival Programme
10 Sept: Jury presentation
17 Sept: Festival Opening Night with a live stream ceremony and opening films
24 Sept: Award Gala with a live stream awards ceremony

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June 2020

Nordisk Panorama Film Festival – 31st edition / 1st online

Dear Friends,
As we all know, this year is special. Due to the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic, Nordisk Panorama 2020 will be presented as a hybrid festival with films streamed online and selected in-person events in the City of Malmö.

2020 is a challenging year for the film industry and as always our priority is to secure strong support for Nordic filmmakers and expand the opportunities for you and your films. Therefore, all of our industry events will be held online so we can invite an even wider range of global film professionals and decision-makers to meet and interact with you, the Nordic storytellers.

Expanding Audience Reach
We know that nothing beats the face-to-face between filmmakers and audiences, so we are taking this opportunity to expand our reach and allow viewers in all five of the Nordic countries to see the films our programmers have selected. We intend to create an online festival that lets people from Akureyri, Iceland to Turku, Finland and everywhere in-between, experience the special feeling that attending Nordisk Panorama offers.

The festival’s competitions & awards will remain intact and, as always, prestigious international juries will be invited to judge the festival’s various competitions.

Our dates will be extended from 17 – 27 September, where you will be able to screen the best of Nordic docs and short films from the comfort of your couch.

95 Film Project Submissions to Nordisk Panorama Forum

For the 27th edition of Nordisk Panorama Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries we have received 95 projects from the Nordic and Baltic countries. The selection process is now in progress and the selected projects will be announced late July.

If you wish to participate in Nordisk Panorama Forum as an observer, don’t forget to sign up for the forum accreditation by the 1 August deadline. The Forum will take place online on
18-23 September with pitching and project meetings 21-22 September.

Nordisk Panorama Market Submission

You can still submit your films completed in 2020 to Nordisk Panorama Market, where buyers, distributors, sales agents, and programmers screen films during the festival. Your film will also be available at our online streaming service Nordisk Panorama Market Online.

Deadline for submission of films completed in 2020 is 1 August. Click here for regulations and online submission.

Find Co-Production Partners at Producers Meet Producers

Nordisk Panorama Forum will kick off with the popular networking event Producers Meet Producers on Friday 18 September, featuring snappy presentations, tailored match-making and round-table discussions.

Producers can apply to attend this online event when registering for accreditation to Nordisk Panorama Forum as either pitch teams, observers+ or observers before 1 August. Seats are limited and producers are asked to fill in a motivation for participation when registering.

Meet the Baltic Delegation at NP Forum

Each year the forum welcomes a small delegation of producers from a guest territory, and this year we are happy to welcome a group of Baltic producers in collaboration with the Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries.

The Baltic producers will participate in the networking event Producers Meet Producers, where they, as well as the Baltic production landscape, will be introduced.

Partnership with Cannes Docs

Nordisk Panorama has a new partnership with Cannes Docs taking place online this week. We are supporting an Impact Award as part of the Docs-in-Progress programme, where our Impact Manager, Lea Maria Strandbæk Sørensen is part of the international jury.

Go to Cannes Docs site >

Nordic Award Winners

Nordic short films and documentaries take home awards all over the world. Check out the Nordic short and doc award winners of 2020 here. If your film receives an award this year, please let us know.

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May 2020

Two Days Left to Submit for NP Forum & Work in Progress!

2020 Deadlines:

20 May 2020: Projects for Nordisk Panorama Forum
20 May 2020: Projects for Work in Progress

Nordisk Panorama is in full swing planning our upcoming activities and we will be there to support filmmakers in September one way or another.

There are two days left to submit projects for Nordisk Panorama Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries and Work in Progress. Hopefully we will meet in person in Malmö, but if not we will bring you a great experience virtually.

Nordisk Panorama Forum is the main funding event for the Nordic documentary community and has been a vital part of Nordisk Panorama since 1994.

It takes place Sunday-Tuesday 20-22 September and welcomes independent documentary projects in all stages from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, Åland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Up to 24 projects will be selected for public pitching Monday and Tuesday. Producers looking for meetings with decision-makers can also apply with a project as observer+. A maximum of 24 observer+ projects will be selected. Individual meetings between selected projects and decision-makers will be scheduled by the forum team and take place in the afternoons.

Check out the NP Forum guidelines for more information on how to apply with a project.

Work in Progress is part of Nordisk Panorama Market. It presents six nearly finished documentary projects, almost ready to make it onto the world stage.

The projects are presented to international and Nordic decision makers in a tailor made event, created to make sure that each project benefits the most from the presentation. The presentations are followed by consecutive one-to-one meetings in the afternoon.

The Work in Progress presentations follow up on former Nordisk Panorama Forum pitches and pitches at fora around the world. All projects presented are looking for a last push to be finalized, a sales agent/distributor or festival premiere.

Check out the Work in Progress guidelines for more information on how to apply with a project.

Applications for Nordisk Panorama Forum and Work in Progress are submitted through the same application form.
Projects fitting the eligibility criteria are welcome to apply to both Nordisk Panorama Forum and Work in Progress.

Producers Meet Producers

Nordisk Panorama Forum will kick off with the popular networking event Producers Meet Producers Sunday 20 September, featuring snappy presentations, tailored match-making and round table discussions. The event aims to facilitate the efforts to find suitable co-production partners and form the bonds necessary to access funds across borders.

Baltic Delegation
At Producers Meet Producers you’ll get the chance to meet this year’s specially invited Baltic delegation arranged in co-operation with Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries. The delegation is here to meet their Nordic colleagues and they will present themselves and outline their production landscape during Sunday.We look forward to seeing you in September! Hopefully in person, but if not – then through a new online experience.

For details and questions on Nordisk Panorama Forum please contact the forum team at forum@nordiskpanorama.com. For  details and questions on Work in Progress please contact the market team at film@nordiskpanorama.com.

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May 2020

Submit Your Projects for Nordisk Panorama Forum and Work in Progress

The deadline for project submissions to Nordisk Panorama Forum and Work in Progress is 20 May 2020.

Nordisk Panorama Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries is the main funding event for the Nordic documentary community, taking place Sunday-Tuesday 20-22 September and welcomes independent documentary projects in all stages from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, Åland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Check out the NP Forum guidelines for more information on how to apply with a project.

Work in Progress is part of Nordisk Panorama Market. It presents 6 nearly finished documentary projects, almost ready to make it onto the world stage.

Check out the Work in Progress guidelines for more information on how to apply with a project.

Nordisk Panorama 2020

We are planning an amazing 2020 edition for September with a compelling film program and provocative conversations. Health regulations may lead us to explore digital solutions for some of our activities and create new opportunities for a hybrid festival. Onsite, online, or through a combination the team is in place, and we are looking forward to be working with you!

Contact details to The NP team can be found here.

Doc Forward Went Digital

On 22 April Nordisk Panorama invited Nordic commissioners to hear the presentations of and meet with the 12Doc Forward projects selected for the 2020 edition. As with most things right now we had to adapt the event to an online setting. Even though we missed the real life encounters the pitches and meetings went very smooth and the set up proved highly efficient. Thank you to the filmmakers, producers and commissioning editors for making this first online event a great experience.

Nordics at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest is getting closer and as always many Nordics will be present – this time online. Check out all the great Nordic docs at the MeetMarket here. For more information on industry passes visit the Sheffield Doc/Fest website.

Names in the News

Iris Olsson and Eero Tammi new film commissioners for short and documentary films at The Finnish Film Foundation. Read more here.

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April 2020

The Nordisk Panorama 2020 Project Submissions are Open

Nordisk Panorama Forum & Work in Progress call for projects for the 2020 edition

2020 Deadlines:

20 May 2020: Projects for Nordisk Panorama Forum
20 May 2020: Projects for Work in Progress

Nordisk Panorama is in full swing planning our upcoming activities and we will be there to support filmmakers in September one way or another. We are therefore happy to announce that submission of projects for Nordisk Panorama Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries and Work in Progress are now open. Hopefully we will meet in person in Malmö, but if not we will bring you a great experience virtually.

Nordisk Panorama Forum is the main funding event for the Nordic documentary community and has been a vital part of Nordisk Panorama since 1994.

It takes place Sunday-Tuesday 20-22 September and welcomes independent documentary projects in all stages from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, Åland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Up to 24 projects will be selected for public pitching Monday and Tuesday. Producers looking for meetings with decision-makers can also apply with a project as observer+. A maximum of 24 observer+ projects will be selected. Individual meetings between selected projects and decision-makers will be scheduled by the forum team and take place in the afternoons.

Check out the NP Forum guidelines for more information on how to apply with a project.

Work in Progress is part of Nordisk Panorama Market. It presents 6 nearly finished documentary projects, almost ready to make it onto the world stage.

The projects are presented to international and Nordic decision makers in a tailor made event, created to make sure that each project benefits the most from the presentation. The presentations are followed by consecutive one-to-one meetings in the afternoon.

The Work in Progress presentations follow up on former Nordisk Panorama Forum pitches and pitches at fora around the world. All projects presented are looking for a last push to be finalized, a sales agent/distributor or festival premiere.

Check out the Work in Progress guidelines for more information on how to apply with a project.

Applications for Nordisk Panorama Forum and Work in Progress are submitted through the same application form.
Projects fitting the eligibility criteria are welcome to apply to both Nordisk Panorama Forum and Work in Progress.

Producers Meet Producers
Nordisk Panorama Forum will kick off with the popular networking event Producers Meet Producers Sunday 20 September, featuring snappy presentations, tailored match-making and round table discussions. The event aims to facilitate the efforts to find suitable co-production partners and form the bonds necessary to access funds across borders.Baltic Delegation
At Producers Meet Producers you’ll get the chance to meet this year’s specially invited Baltic delegation arranged in co-operation with Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries. The delegation is here to meet their Nordic colleagues and they will present themselves and outline their production landscape during Sunday.We look forward to seeing you in September! Hopefully in person, but if not – then through a new online experience.

For details and questions on Nordisk Panorama Forum please contact the forum team at forum@nordiskpanorama.com. For  details and questions on Work in Progress please contact the market team at film@nordiskpanorama.com.

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April 2020

Submission Deadline Extended to 1 May

With the uncertain and hard situation we are currently living in, many in the creative industry are trying their hardest to complete their films and make ends meet. Nordisk Panorama will therefore extend our film submission deadline an additional two weeks until 1 May to help filmmakers along the way for their 2020 productions.

Please note! If you have a finished film, we encourage you to submit as soon as possible.

Also mark your calendar for the 31st edition of Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 17-22 September 2020! We are still working to put together an awesome festival for 2020 where we can hopefully all meet again – if not in person, then as a new digital experience.

Submission for Festival Competitions:

Films completed in 2019: 15 February
Films completed in 2020: 1 May (extended deadline)

Submission for Market:

Films completed in 2019: 15 April
Films completed in 2020: 1 August

Click here for more information and to submit. Don’t miss out.

2nd Part of Doc Forward Talent Workshop Goes Online Next Week

12 Nordic projects are participating in the first Nordisk Panorama Doc Forward Talent Workshop. The first part of the workshop took place in Helsinki in January and now the second part is going online next week.

Wednesday 22 April the filmmakers will present their projects to Nordic TV and institute commissioners in an online forum. The afternoon will be filled with individual meetings between projects and commissioners in small online meeting rooms.

We still believe that nothing beats face to face interactions, so we are planning to add a third component to the workshop during Nordisk Panorama in September.

Baltic Delegation to Nordisk Panorama

We’re happy to announce that we are partnering with Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries in bringing in a group of Baltic producers to our pitching forum in September. We will also welcome a number of Baltic decision-makers to the pitching and meeting tables.

With this collaboration we aim to strengthen co-production ties between the Baltic region and the Nordic countries.

Baltic Sea Forum is the leading documentary pitching event in the Baltic states. The delegation will consist of experienced and young producers keen to work with the Nordic countries and discover the cooperation possibilities.

Interns to Nordisk Panorama Festival

Do you love short films and documentaries? Do you have a passion for planning events or communication?

Then we’d love for you to be part of Nordisk Panorama 2020. Check out the different types of internships here and keep a lookout on our website for jobs and other internship opportunities.

Always Amber selected for Hot Docs 2020

Nordic Docs Selected for Hot Docs and Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket

Joining most of their spring and summer festival colleagues Hot Docs and Sheffield Doc/Fest have decided to offer online industry activities in lieu of their planned on location events. The selected projects which will pitch, meet and present include a number of Nordic titles.

Furthermore Hot Docs has announced their film selection and will later publish details about in which shape the postponed festival will take place.

Full list of selected Nordic titles can be found here:

Nordic projects selected for Sheffield Doc/Fest
Nordic docs at Hot Docs

We congratulate all the selected Nordic projects and films.

Nordic Projects selected for dok.incubator 2020

Our partner dok.incubator has announced the final selection of talented filmmakers whose projects will be supported in 2020. The list includes three projects connected to the Nordic region – a Finnish documentary Clouds (pictured), a Norwegian project DIAGNONSENSE and a Russian-Norwegian-Finnish co-production Life of Ivanna with Norwegian editor Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas on board.

Clouds by Tuija Halttunen portrays aclimate scientist Hannele Korhonen, a recipient of a unique research grant from the United Arab Emirates. Korhonen’s enthusiasm about her science research is gradually accompanied by omnipresent questions regarding the scientist’s responsibility and unavoidable inner conflicts.

A Guatemalan director Renato Borrayo Serrano‘s Life of Ivanna is an observational documentary depicting the life of the Nenet nomadic reindeer herders in the Taymyr peninsula, in the Russian arctic. The film follows Ivanna and her family as it shows all the dramatic changes in her life caused by the hard conditions and climate changes in the region.

A fragmented coming-of-age tale, DIAGNONSENSE is Norwegian director Ane-Martha Tamnes Hansgård’s self-reflexive documentary about her experience of being diagnosed with several mental disorders over a fifteen year period. It takes a meta-approach towards her many failed attempts at making such a film while reliant on the mental health system. However, with a newfound critical distance from her diagnoses, and years of reflection, she is ready to tell her story and to challenge the very need for psychological labelling.

Clouds and DIAGNONSENSE were previously presented at Nordisk Panorama Forum. Congratulations to the selected projects.

Nordic Award Winners of 2020

Nordic short films and documentaries take home awards all over the world. Check out the Nordic short and doc award winners of 2020 here. If your film receives an award this year, please let us know.

Dates & Deadlines Coming Up

Don’t be late! Find upcoming international deadlines for short & doc film festivals, workshops, funding opportunities and much more here!

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March 2020

The Covid-19 Pandemic

Like everyone around us, we at Nordisk Panorama are deeply affected by the corona outbreak and the consequences for everyone’s health and livelihood. It will have enormous impact on our community, most of whom are freelancers or small companies with limited resources to weather this storm.

We are seeing how film production worldwide has been put on hold and festivals and other industry events have been cancelled. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of you as we know how much blood, sweat and passion go into the preparations.

It is, however, impressive to witness the initiatives that surface to keep the documentary and short film communities connected in these challenging times. Although nothing beats personal meetings, we are following with great curiosity and encouragement all the digital solutions and alternative plans.

The team is working from home until further notice and we continue to prepare for a great Nordisk Panorama Festival 2020 in the hope that the pandemic will be declared over before September. We are available online and via email so please don’t hesitate to reach out. You will find our contact details here.

Stay safe. This storm will pass.

Submit Your Nordic Shorts & Docs to Nordisk Panorama by 15 April!

Now is the time to submit your Nordic shorts & docs to this year’s Nordisk Panorama Film Festival & Market! Check out the deadlines & mark your calender for the 31st edition of Nordisk Panorama Film Festival in Malmö, Sweden, 17-22 September 2020!

Besides presenting the biggest documentary award in the Nordic region, Nordisk Panorama is an Oscar qualifying festival in the short film category. On top of this, Nordisk Panorama Market serves international buyers, distributors and programmers during the event and all year round.

Submission for Festival Competitions:

Films completed in 2019: 15 February
Films completed in 2020: 15 April

Submission for Market:

Films completed in 2019: 15 April
Films completed in 2020: 1 August

Click here for more information and to submit. Don’t miss out. Submit your film today!

Doc Forward Talent Workshop Goes Digital

Nordisk Panorama has had to find solutions for our upcoming events. The second part of our new Nordic talent workshop Doc Forward was to take place in Oslo in April, but will instead be conducted online.

The 12 film teams will meet with TV and film institute commissioners from the Nordic countries. In the morning of 22 April we will meet online to hear the projects present. The afternoon will be filled with individual meetings between projects and commissioners in small and cosy online meeting rooms.

We will also intensify the preparation before the event with the projects, so they are ready for this new situation.

We still believe that nothing beats face to face interactions, so we are planning to add a third component to the workshop during Nordisk Panorama in September.

Interns to Nordisk Panorama Festival

Do you love short films and documentaries? Working with people? Do you have a burning passion for planning events or communication? Or want to learn about financing and distribution of shorts and docs?

Then we’d love for you to be part of Nordisk Panorama 2020. Check out the different types of internships here and keep a lookout on our website for jobs and other opportunities. Deadline for the internships at our pitching forum is coming up 27 March.

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February 2020

Submit Your Nordic Shorts & Docs to Nordisk Panorama 2020

Nordisk Panorama Film Festival is calling for Nordic shorts and docs from last year. Besides presenting the biggest cash documentary award in the Nordic region, Nordisk Panorama is an Oscar qualifying festival in the short film category. On top of this, Nordisk Panorama Market serves international buyers, distributors and programmers during the event and all year round.

Don’t miss out!
Submit your film tomorrow!

Submission for Festival Competitions:

Films completed in 2019: 15 February
Films completed in 2020: 15 April

Find out more about the submission here and mark your calender for the 31st edition of Nordisk Panorama Film Festival in Malmö, Sweden, 17-22 September 2020!

Nordic Discount to Hot Docs

Nordisk Panorama is coordinating the Nordic delegation to Hot Docs, securing Nordic professionals value-for-money access to North America’s top doc event in Toronto, Canada 30 April-10 May 2020.

Sign up for the Nordic delegation now to make sure you get a discounted all-access pass for only CAD 675 ex. tax (early-bird price CAD 949)!

The discount is available until the all-access passes are sold out. The deadline to sign up is 21 February, but the sooner you register the better the chances. Last year the all-access passes were sold out before March.

Once you have registered for your all-access pass you can apply to the Distribution Rendevouz meetings with top level distributors, sales agents and festival programmers (Submission deadline: 12 March).

Read more on how to be part of the delegation here.

Meet us in Berlin, Tampere, Stockholm and the Faroe Islands

Executive Director Anita Reher will travel to the Faroe Islandsto be in the short film jury of Tórshavn Film Festival. She will also do a presentation of Nordisk Panorama and the works of a festival like ours to the Faroese industry.

You can also meet us at the Berlinale where Anita Reher will have meetings with partners and promote Nordisk Panorama to market professionals 21-24 February.

Festival Producer Viktor Jepson will be in Stockholm for Tempo Documentary Festival to meet with the Swedish industry 5-8 March.

Market Manager Maria Stoianova and Executive Director Anita Reher will travel to Tampere Film Festival to celebrate their 50th anniversary and meet with the Finnish industry.

If you are in Tampere, don’t miss Nordisk Panorama’s infamous Nordic Vodka Hour. Join the Nordisk Panorama team for a drink Friday 6 March at 18:00 at the festival centre.

We are happy to be your Nordic point of contact, so don’t be a stranger. Please find our contact details here to set up a meeting.

Call for Interns to Nordisk Panorama

Do you love short films & documentaries and want to get a 360° perspective of what it takes to build a film festival as well as insight into the film industry?

Then we’d love for you to be part of Nordisk Panorama 2020. We are looking for interns in the following departments: festival production, communication, guest service and for our pitching forum for documentaries.

Join our team for the preparations of Nordisk Panorama 17-22 September 2020.

Read more about the internships and apply here. Deadline for the forum: 27 March. We will call for interviews continuously.

Names in the News

Who’s where now:
Tone Mygind Rostbøll New Consultant at the DFI

Nordic Award Winners of 2020

Nordic short films and documentaries take home awards all over the world and this year’s awards are already starting to come in. Check out the Nordic short and doc award winners of 2020 here. If your film receives an award this year, please let us know.

Dates & Deadlines Coming Up

Don’t be late! Find upcoming international deadlines for short & doc film festivals, workshops, funding opportunities and much more here!

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January 2020

Nordisk Panorama Announces 2020 Festival Programming Team

We are thrilled about this year’s programming team. Martijn te Pas, previous Senior Programmer at IDFA and Cecilia Lidin, Documentary Consultant at the Danish Film Institute will serve as this year’s guest documentary programmers. The short film section will be programmed by Sam Groves and Lucile Bourliaud, both from Flatpack Festival.

Martijn te Pas will bring his international perspective to the selection of documentary films for Nordisk Panorama while Cecilia Lidin knows the Nordic countries like her back pocket. We are also excited that Sam Groves will again be programming our short film section since he has a proven record of finding short films that push the boundaries of storytelling. This year he will be accompanied by his colleague at Flackpack Festival, Lucile Bourliaud.

Read more about their backgrounds here.

The 2019 winner of the award for Best Nordic Documentary: Once Aurora by Stian Servoss & Benjamin Langeland

Submit Your Nordic Shorts & Docs to Nordisk Panorama 2020!

We are looking forward to a new year of great Nordic films. Submit already to Nordisk Panorama’s 31st edition. Check out our deadlines for submission to this year’s festival & market!

Submit your 2019 productions by 15 February and mark your calendar for Nordisk Panorama in Malmö 17-22 September 2020.

Submission for Festival Competitions:

Films completed in 2019: 15 February
Films completed in 2020: 15 April

Submission for Market:

Films completed in 2019: 15 April
Films completed in 2020: 1 August

Click here for more information and to submit.

dok.incubator Calls for Feature Docs in Rough-cut Stage – Deadline 29 January

The rough-cut workshop dok.incubator invites ambitious directors, producers and editors with late-stage documentary projects to work with top international tutors for 6 months of intensive editing and project development!

Eight projects in rough-cut stage will be selected to participate. During 3 workshops in April/May, June and September teams of producer-director-editor will focus the film’s unique perspective and sharpen the storytelling, placing it within the international context and finding concrete tools to effectively approach future audiences. Intensive work on editing, distribution and audience building upgrades your rough-cut to a high-end film with the potential to meet a worldwide interest.

At Nordisk Panorama we look forward to hosting the final presentation of the films selected as a proud partner of dok.incubator.

The deadline is coming up on 29 January. Find more info and apply here to join some of the previous participants in their success.

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival 3 films developed in dok.incubator workshops are now competing! Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (VE/ UK/ AT/ BR), The Earth is Blue as an Orange (UA/LT) and Acasa, My Home (RO/ FI/ DE).

Our New Workshop: Doc Forward Launching in 2 Weeks

Nordisk Panorama is launching a new talent development workshop for Nordic documentary filmmakers: Doc Forward. It is a project-driven co-production workshop for emerging Nordic documentary producers and directors. The focus is on nationally established and new talent directors with ambitions to go international in partnership with both new and more established producers.

12 Nordic projects have been selected and in less than 2 weeks they will meet outside Helsinki to develop their projects, establish contacts with Nordic colleagues and network.

As part of the workshop Nordisk Panorama will organise a Nordic rough-cut session together with DocPoint Documentary Film Festival, open to industry professionals. Three Nordic rough-cuts will receive input from an expert panel consisting of renowned editor Yael Bitton and the two industry experts Miia Haavisto and Iikka Vehkalahti. If you are in Helsinki on on Friday January 31st, don’t miss the rough-cut session.

The Nordic project Twice Colonized successfully pitched at Hot Docs 2019 and at NP Forum

Discount to Hot Docs with Nordisk Panorama’s Nordic Delegation

Nordisk Panorama is coordinating the Nordic delegation to Hot Docs, securing Nordic professionals value-for-money access to North America’s top doc event Hot Docs in Toronto, Canada.

Sign up for the Nordic delegation now to make sure you get a discounted all access pass for only CAD 675 ex. tax (early-bird price CAD 949)!

The discount is available until the all access passes are sold out. The deadline to sign up is 21 February, but the sooner you register the better the chances. Last year the all access passes were sold out.

Also don’t miss the deadline to apply for one-on-one Deal Maker meetings with broadcasters and funders from around the world. Submission deadline: 20 January.

Once you have registered, you can also apply to the Distribution Rendevouz meetings with top level distributors, sales agents and festival programmers. Submission deadline: 14 March.

Read more on how to be part of the delegation here.

The Nordisk Panorama Board of 2020

The board of Nordisk Panorama has been constituted.The Board consists of five board members, one from each Nordic country, all active in the short film and/or documentary sector in their respective countries. The national board members are elected for a term of four years by the national advisory groups representing the relevant associations of independent filmmakers and producers in each country.

This year 2 of our board members are on maternity leave. We are happy to welcome Sanna Kultanen from the Finnish Documentary Guild, taking over from Liisa Karpo, napafilms ltd while she is away and Anna J. Ljungmark from House of Real, Sweden replacing Kerstin Übelacker, WG Film, Independent Filmmakers’ Organisation (OFF).

The NP Board 2020 consists of:

Anna Þóra Steinþórsdóttir, Klipp ehf., Iceland (Chairman)
Sanna Kultanen, Finnish Documentary Guild, Finland
Anna J. Ljungmark, House of Real, Sweden
Jesper Jack, House of Real, Danish Producers’ Association, Denmark
Ingvil Giske, Medieoperatørene AS, Norske Produsentforeningen, Norway

We Are Out & About – Meet Us at…

Our executive director Anita Reher has traveled to the very North of Norway for North Pitch – Below Zero 15-18 January.

You can meet our festival producer Viktor Jepson 24-27 January at Göteborg Film Festival in Sweden.

Workshop Manager Lea Maria Strandbæk Sørensen will be at DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival where Nordisk Panorama will host a rough-cut session 31 January together with the festival as part of our new Doc Forward workshop.

Market Manager Maria Stoianova will attend Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival & Market 2-5 February. Maria is present in Clermont-Ferrand to promote the Nordic shorts & docs at our streaming service Nordisk Panorama Market Online, available for free to buyers, sales agents and festivals on the look-out for high quality Nordic content.

No less than 10 Nordic films are selected for Clermont-Ferrand. See the list of films here.

You can also meet us at the Berlinale where Executive Director Anita Reher will have meetings with partners and promote Nordisk Panorama to market professionals 21-24 February.

We are happy to be your Nordic point of contact, so don’t be a stranger. Please find our contact details here to set up a meeting.

Congratulations to the Nordic Award Winners of 2019

Nordic short films and documentaries take home awards all over the world. Check out the Nordic short and doc award winners of 2019 here. If your film receives an award this year, please let us know.

Dates & Deadlines Coming Up

Don’t be late! Find upcoming international deadlines for short & doc film festivals, workshops, funding opportunities and much more here!

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