The Town Hall professional forum returned to Nordisk Panorama September 19 2021, its stated aim to work out how best to overcome obstacles and embrace opportunities within the ever-changing documentary landscape. The event was presented in collaboration with Nordisk Film & TV Fond as part of its Audiovisual Collaboration 2021 industry meet up.

The establishing ethos of the Town Hall session is that the floor is open to contributions from everybody, with each contribution bearing exactly the same weight. It was chaired by the Fund’s Senior Advisor Documentary Karolina Lidin.

The agenda was set with three top-level presentations during the event’s 90-minute duration. It opened with a keynote by Simon Kilmurry, former head of both IDA and the POV (US public broadcasting documentary strand).

This was followed by two case studies, the first by producer Ove Rishøj Jensen (AutoImages) on the financing of Swedish director Magnus Gertten’s Nelly & Nadine. In the second case study, Miia Haavisto from Tekele Productions discussed the distribution strategy around the launch of the Finnish feature doc Lost Boys, by Joonas Neuvonen and Sadri Cetinkaya.

For a full resumé read our news story "Town Hall reopens in Malmö".