Call for entries open!
Application deadline 1 June 13.00 CEST.

Nordic Talents 2022

A Nordic network is essential for the industry - Nordic Talents is the place to meet!

Nordic Talents is an important platform for talent scouting and networking across the Nordics. Within an informal and including atmosphere Nordic Talents builds bridges between upcoming talents and established audiovisual professionals.

When: 7-8 September 2022

Where: The National Film School of Denmark, CPH

NT19 Cinema / PHOTO: Torleif Hauge
NT19 Dinner / PHOTO: Torleif Hauge
NT19 Mingling / PHOTO: Torleif Hauge


Don’t miss the opportunity to kick-start your career by pitching your project idea in front of a professional jury and key-decision makers at Nordic Talents. We select 15 projects to pitch and compete for our two development funding awards of NOK 250,000 and NOK 50,000!

Who can apply:

  • Nordic film- or TV students (writers, directors, producers etc.) graduating with a BA- or MA degree during the period August 2021-June 2022.
  • We require that the applicant graduates with a film or visual production.
  • Applicants may apply alone, or in teams of two as long as both have graduated during the eligible period and are involved in the project.


Among the Nordic schools we accept applicants from are: The National Film School of Denmark, The Animation Workshop (Animation, Graphic Storytelling), ELO Helsinki Film School, Tampere University of Applied Science (Film production), Turku University of Applied Science (Film and Animation), ARCADA University of Applied Science (Film), The Norwegian Film School, Westerdals (Film & TV), INN University - TV Skolen (TV-regi), Volda University College (Animation and Documentary), Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole (BA moving images), Stockholm University of the Arts, HDK Valand.

Nordic students graduating from other Nordic or international schools at this level are also welcome to apply.

Conditions to apply:

  • Max 2 applications pr. applicant/team.
  • The project must be in development.
  • The application and all written info must be submitted in English. Graduation films with English subtitles.
  • If selected, we require that the applicant is able to clear the rights/give permission so we can screen the graduation film at the event and on our Vimeo showcase in connection with the event. Only registered participants will have access to the showcase.
  • If selected, it is mandatory to attend both a two-day pitch training prior to the event (5-6 Sept.) and the event (7-8 Sept.).

What kind of projects are eligible:

  • Feature length films (fiction, documentary, animation, hybrid)
  • Series (fiction, documentary, animation, hybrid)

How and when to apply:

  • We will announce the call for applications in due time before the application period.
  • The online application form is open on our website from 10 May.
  • Deadline to apply is 1 June 13:00 CEST.


For the application we require the following information in English. Films and visual material must have English subtitles.

  • Applicant information: name, e-mail, mobile, school.
  • Who will pitch if selected: name, e-mail, mobile, graduation film title and preview link, function.
  • Short info on key crew, your motivation for making this project (max 150 words)
  • Project information: title (local and English), category, genre, length in mins/number of episodes/length pr. episode, target audience, tagline (max 15 words), short pitch (max 40 words), short synopsis (max 300 words), visual style of the project (max 100 words), development plan (max 300 words), initial marketing and audience engagement strategy (max 150 words), preliminary time schedule, estimated production budget amount.
  • Optional additional project information (to be uploaded): detailed synopsis (max 2 A4 pages), visual material (max 4 A4 pages / link/password to watch visual material on e.g. Vimeo)
  • Information about your graduation film: title (local and English), category, length (in mins)/number of episodes/length pr. episode, short synopsis (max 80 words), names of the crew, a still from the film (min. 700 kB), link/password to screener (work in progress is accepted at the time of application)

Note: we reserve the right to print parts of the application in our online catalogue if you are selected to pitch.



  • Pitch Competition
  • Graduation film screenings
  • A producer's pitch, in which professional producers introduced themselves and their companies
  • Networking
  • A case study or master class (TBC)
  • Award Ceremony

Former winners

This is the 22nd edition of Nordic Talents! Since the start in 2001 many gifted graduation students have presented their projects on stage. Of these, several have made their way to the big screen, others are in development.

Among the former Nordic Talents’ award winners (and projects) are: Erik Richter Strand (Sons), Lisa Munthe and Helen Ahlsson (The Arm-wrestler from Solitude), Marja Pyykkö (Run Sister Run), Runar Runarsson (Volcano), Jan Rahbek (Marco Macaco), Karzan Kader (Bekas), Antti Heikki Pesonen (Headfirst), Maria Bäck (I Remember When I Die), Hlynur Palmasson (Winter Brothers), Gustav Møller and Lina Flint (The Guilty), Fanni Metelius (The Heart), Thora Lorenzen (Absolute Beginners), Teresia Fant (Stories from the Shower).

Jury and Awards

A Jury of industry professionals will select the winners and hand out two prizes - The Nordic Talents Pitch prize (NOK 250,000) and The Nordic Talents Special Mention (NOK 50,000). Both prizes are development funding given by Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

Who can attend the event

  • Recently graduated Nordic film- or TV BA- or MA students (2021-2022).
  • A limited number of next year’s graduation students can attend as observers (2022-2023).
  • Nordic industry professionals like producers, financiers, distributors and others who are looking for new talent and networking opportunities.

There is a limited number of seats. To attend you must register. Registration will open mid June.

Practical information

  • The program will be held in English.
  • Films will be screened with English subtitles.
  • Nordic Talents is free of charge.
  • All meals served at the Film School are included.
  • Payment at the bar only by Danish cash or MobilePay. Credit cards are not accepted.

Event News

Nordic Talents 2022 call for entries opens today!

Nordic Talents 2022 artwork / PHOTO: NFTVF

Nordic Talents 2022 call for entries opens today!

Nordic Talents 2022 artwork / PHOTO: NFTVF

Fifteen projects from Nordic graduation film students will be selected for the Pitch Competition to be held on-site at the National Film School of Denmark September 7-8.

Entries are now open. Click HERE to apply.
Deadline to apply is June 1st, 13.00 CEST.

Nordisk Film & TV Fond is proud to announce that after two years online due to the pandemic, the 22nd Nordic Talents Pitch competition, talent scouting and networking event, will be back at the National Film School of Denmark, host and partner.

Why Apply?

  • Nordic Talents is the only Nordic Pitch Competition where freshly graduation film students from the Nordics can win either the NOK250,000 Nordic Talents Pitch Prize or NOK50,000 Special Mention Prize as development funding for their first fiction, documentary, animation or series project.
  • Nordic Talents is a unique opportunity for graduation students to network with 200+ fellow graduates and key decision-makers in a relaxed atmosphere, as well as for industry people to spot the next writing, directing and producing talents from the Nordics.

Three former Nordic Talents attendees and winners are selected in Cannes this year: Ali Abbasi (Holy Spider), Mikko Myllylahti (The Woodcutter’s Story) and Hlynur Pálmason (Godland).

The latter who won a Nordic Talents Special Mention in 2013 for the idea of his debut feature Winter Brothers, said: “It’s always a good feeling when there is a platform that takes your work seriously. When you are fresh out of school, you somehow need exposure and a place to screen your work and have a dialogue. Nordic Talent is a good place to have this dialogue. Winning an award is a surplus and we used it for the development and preparation for Winter Brothers.”

Besides the centrepiece Pitch Competition, Nordic Talents includes:

  • A Pitch Training with experienced tutors Valeria Richter (creative producer/scriptwriter/pitch & script coach, Nordic Factory Cph) and Paul Tyler (creative consultant, Handling Ideas)
  • A Producers’ Pitch from 10-12 established Nordic producers
  • Graduation film screenings
  • A case study or masterclass (TBC)
  • Networking opportunities
  • An Award ceremony, to be held September 8

The names of the five prominent Nordic Talents jury members and the full programme will be announced in the coming weeks.

Please visit our webpage for further information about NORDIC TALENTS 2022:

If you have any questions or for further information, please contact
Project Manager Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes:
Nordic Talent co-organiser Tina í Dali Wagner:

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Project Manager
Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes


Tina í Dali Wagner