Copenhagen, Denmark: 4th time providing pitch training for the best of the bunch across the Nordics. Aug '15.
Nordic Talents is an initiative run by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond "to introduce graduating students from the Nordic film schools to the Nordic producers and financiers, and - equally important - to give the producers and financiers the opportunity to meet the future talents." (see official website).
This is the fourth year I've been asked to work in parallel with DR's producer Karoline Leth to provide two days of intensive support, helping the students sharpen their pitches to present to the great and the good from the industry. Taken from Nordisk Film & TV Fond's news page:
"Stuck in Dundalk, the feature debut project by Icelandic born Thordur Pálsson (pictured below) won on Friday the coveted NOK250,000 Nordic Talents Pitch Prize at a ceremony held at the National Film School of Denmark. Pálsson just graduated from the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, UK with the 23 minute social drama Brothers.
The jury of the 15th Nordic Talents said in a statement: “The Nordic Talent Pitch Prize goes to a project that impressed the jury by a fluent, well-structured and most of all, personal story. The winner’s graduation film shows tremendous talent in narrative and visual storytelling as well as special skills in convincing character performance. The winner has a clear vision of the up-coming film and a professional attitude in developing it. The jury believes in the director’s personal voice.”
The second Pitch Prize or Special Mention was handed out to director Gustav Möller and producer Lina Flint from the National Film School of Denmark for their project The Guilty. The jury said:“The Nordic Talents Special Mention Prize goes to a team who knows how to capture the attention of the audience. The theme of the graduation film [In Darkness] is repeated in the new project, challenging us to face our own demons. The jury saw a skilful presentation and well-executed graduation film and is convinced that this team has the potential to realize this exciting and ambitious project.”