Female-fronted projects dominate this year’s Nordic Talents in Copenhagen
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- There is a 60/40 female representation in the submissions and selection for the Nordisk Film & TV Fond’s annual pitch, which takes place between 31 August and 2 September
“This year, we have many projects targeting children and young audiences, and several comedies. It is also interesting to note the 60/40 female representation in the submissions and selection,” said Petri Kemppinen, managing director of the Nordisk Film & TV Fond, about the fund’s annual Nordic Talents pitch, which will unspool in Copenhagen between 31 August and 2 September.
This year, 15 projects by graduating students from Nordic film schools will be in the running for the €27,000 pitch prize and the €5,000 Special Mention decided on by a jury comprising Norwegian writer-director Sara Johnsen, Danish artist-director Anders Morgenthaler, Swedish Filmlance producer Lars Blomgren, Finnish writer-producer Petja Peltomaa and EAVE head Kristina Trapp.
The Norwegian National Film School in Lillehammer is represented by five projects, Copenhagen’s Danish National Film School by four, Finland’s ELO Helsinki Film School by three, and Norway’s Westerdals Oslo ACT and the Valand Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden, by one each.
The 15th selection is House of Cards, a feature by Icelandic director-photographer Ugla Hauksdóttir, who studied at New York’s Columbia University.Hauksdóttir has already worked professionally as a photographer, editor and production assistant on major productions such as US director Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion (2013), starring Tom Cruise.
Danish directors Mads Guldborg Bøge, Peter Lopes Andersson, Morten Zachariassen and Amalie Næsby have all submitted animated projects, while Finnish director Kaisa El Ramly – whose 2014 short A Seat With a View toured several festivals – is preparing the feature Scenes from a Dying Town. Norway’s Harald Mæle Jr and Kjersti Wøien Håland have co-written a TV series about a “normal” 13-year-old troll, while Sweden’s Mika Gustafson is ready with a feature project entitled Sisters.