Nordisk Panorama News

March 2015

Farewell Reception for Outgoing Director Katrine Kiilgaard

Our managing director Katrine Kiilgaard is stepping down as of 31 March and we invite friends and colleagues to come join us for a toast to say goodbye to Katrine on Friday 27 March 17-19:00 at the Nordisk Panorama office Vognmagergade 10, 1., 1120 København K, Denmark.

Associated with the organisation since 2000, Kiilgaard has been a key driver in its development over the years. She took the helm in 2011 when the organisation like many cultural organisations was faced with trying times. Kiilgaard worked with the board to come up with new models for Nordisk Panorama to ensure its future as the most important industry platform for the Nordic short and documentary film community.

During her term, Katrine Kiilgaard has restructured the organisation and it has found stability. The annual Nordisk Panorama event has settled in Malmö, Sweden, expanded with new market initiatives and seen an increase in both audience and industry attendance, securing the event continued support by the organisation’s main allies as well as from new partners.

Katrine Kiilgaard says: “We have reached our goal of giving Nordisk Panorama a new foundation and make it grow. I feel proud to leave a stronger and re-branded organisation behind me, and I am grateful for the incredibly dedicated team, who has worked hard with me reaching this goal. I will now be looking forward to seeking new challenges, as my term was coming to an end in early 2016, and this feels like the natural moment to pass the baton to a new director to conduct negotiations for the next period.”

We thank Katrine for her tireless work and wish her all the best with her future endeavors. Join us in making the day festive!

Nordic Delegation Offers Discount to Sheffield Doc/Fest

Nordisk Panorama is arranging the Nordic delegation to Sheffield Doc/Fest. Join the delegation to get a special rate on your access to UK’s premier documentary marketplace, festival and conference, taking place 5-10 June 2015!

Reduced rate delegate pass: GBP 199 + VAT (normal price GBP 299 + VAT)

Read more about the delegation here. To sign up for the Nordic delegation, please send name, email and company for all participants to Forum Manager Christina Jul Gregersen by the delegation deadline 1 May.

10 Nordic Docs Selected for Hot Docs

North America’s top doc event, Hot Docs, has just announced the full lineup. No less than 10 Nordic docs have been selected for the festival taking place in Toronto, Canada, 23 April-3 May 2015.

Check out the Nordic films and projects in the Official Selection. Some of them are already available to buyers, programmers, sales agents and distributors through our professional streaming service Nordisk Panorama Market Online.

Nordisk Panorama is coordinating the Nordic delegation of documentary professionals who will be attending different parts of the event, so there should be a good chance of meeting us at either the screenings, the International Co-Production Day, the Hot Docs Forum and around.

If you want to join the Nordic delegation and get an all access pass at only CAD 600 ex. tax (regular price CAD 875), we have extended the deadline to sign up until today 19 March! Read more about the Nordic delegation here.

Forum Manager Christina Jul Gregersen will be present at the festival 26-30 April. To get in touch with Christina, send her an email or contact her at +45 6131 8539.

Special Discount at Sunny Side of the Doc for all Nordic Companies

Sunny Side of the Doc, taking place in La Rochelle, France 22-25 June, is happy to propose a special rate on registrations for all Nordic companies attending this year:

  • Standard Pass 360 EUR (instead of 600 EUR)
  • Premium Pass 470 EUR (instead of 675 EUR)

If at least 8 Nordic professionals register an umbrella stand will be dedicated to them for them to gather and make them more visible to the international market.

Through special days organized around Science, History and Wildlife, the event is gathering all factual documentary professionals under one roof; allowing them to share their challenges and showcase the most inspiring projects and programmes.

The call for entries for the pitch sessions selection is now open and Sunne Side is looking for projects on the following topics: Natural History & Wildlife, Science & Knowledge, History, Arts & Culture, Global Issues & Interactive Factual Docs. More details here.

Sunny Side is also happy to propose the Innovation Space, a new area dedicated to transmedia producers and technical solution companies. A specific program based on narrative & financial innovations through workshops and R&D presentations will be proposed to all participants.

For more details & information please contact

Meet Nordisk Panorama at Good Pitch Europe

Forum Manager Christina Jul Gregersen will be present at Good Pitch Europe in Oslo, Norway 25 March to explore the field of impact campaigning for documentaries further.

This edition of Good Pitch Europe is hosted by the Nordic countries for the very first time. The lineup of projects include two Nordic teams who will pitch their feature documentary and its associated audience engagement campaign in front of a live audience of funders and changemakers:

  • The Borneo Case by Dylan Williams & Erik Pauser, illegal logging and money laundering in Borneo
  • Rebels! by Kari Anne Moe, school dropouts in Norway and the inspiring programme set up to reintegrate them into society

Good Pitch connects social justice films with new allies and partners and brings together independent documentary films with organisations that have innovation and social change at their heart.

Reach Christina at Good Pitch Europe by email or at +45 6131 8539.

Intern to Nordisk Panorama Forum

We are looking for a cool intern for Nordisk Panorama Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries, the main funding event for Nordic documentary professionals, taking place 20-22 September at Nordisk Panorama. The internship will start in May and run until we’re successfully past the festival 18-23 September. The position is located at our Copenhagen office. Read more here in Danish.

Deadline for applications: 13 April 2015

Successful Fifth Edition of Nordisk Panorama Town Hall

The fifth Finnish Nordisk Panorama Town Hall took place during Tampere Film Festival. The NP Town Hall gathers key industry stakeholders for a Nordic forum addressing current issues in the short and documentary film industry, kindly organised by our Finnish reference group.

The theme for discussion was “Crowdfunding in short & documentary films”. Approximately three dozen industry professionals attended the event, which was headlined by four extremely interesting case studies of Finnish crowdfunding projects.

Time ran short as questions flooded the room, and the discussion would have continued for hours. Fortunately it was possible to continue it in smaller groups at the very popular NP Nordic Vodka Hour after the event.

Punk Syndrome Band Competes at Eurovision Song Contest

The Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät featured in the documentary The Punk Syndrome is representing Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna in May with the song “Always I Have to”.

The band consisting of four musicians with learning disabilities toured the world between 2012-2013 to support the world distribution of Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi’s award-winning documentary produced by Sami Jahnukainen for Mouka Filmi. “We are very excited about the band going to the Eurovision, and are working to get the film available for everyone who wants to learn the band’s story,” says Jahnukainen to

Mouka Filmi is currently producing a follow up documentary pitched at Nordisk Panorama Forum last fall and which will also be pitched at Hot Docs late April. The Punk Syndrome was screened at Nordisk Panorama in 2012 and we wish the band the best of luck at the Eurovision.


Nordic Award Winners of 2015

Nordic short films and documentaries take home awards all over the world. Check out the Nordic short and doc award winners of 2015 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 shorts & docs festivals, workshops, funding opportunities and much more here!