The Nordic Talents’ Jury motivates and hands out the awards. Both awards are development support granted by Nordisk Film & TV Fond. There must be a production company attached to the winning project before the prize can be activated. The winners will be contacted after the event with details on how to request the prize.
The jury makes their decision based on the project information sent to them prior to the event, the student’s graduation film and the pitch.
The Nordic Talents Pitch Prize of NOK 250,000 – handed out to the best project pitched during the pitching sessions at Nordic Talents.
The Nordic Talents Special Mention of NOK 50,000 – handed out to a project pitched during the pitching sessions at Nordic Talents that the jury takes special interest in, besides the winner of the main prize.
The jury handing out the prizes at the award ceremony that closes the event on Thursday afternoon consists of:
© Caroline Roka
Cecilie graduated from the Norwegian National Academy of Theatre. She has starred in several plays, films and TV series. Her performance in The Orheim Company landed her an Amanda Award and a Kanon Award. She also received praise at home as a director in varying formats within theatre and radio.
After co-writing the acclaimed series Hjerterått for NRK Super, she went on to direct the international success drama thriller Mammon for NRK Drama. In 2017 Cecilie won an Emmy for “Best International Series” after directing Mammon season 2. She has directed several episodes of the widely recognised series Acquitted, Home Ground and Greys Anatomy. Thin Ice is currently streaming across the Nordics. These days Cecilie is editing her feature film debut, Three Wishes for Cinderella.
© Mirkka Pihlajamaa
director/producer, Tuffi Films, Finland
Elli is an award-winning producer-director at Tuffi Films (Helsinki). Her work as a producer includes internationally acclaimed films like the Nordic Council Film prize nominee The Good Son, Academy Award nominated short fiction Do I Have to Take Care of Everything, the Sundance Short Film Jury Award winner The Date, and the Berlin Crystal bear winning film Stupid Young Heart. She is an EAVE & ACE producer graduate and was assigned Film Producer of the Year 2020 by Audiovisual Producers in Finland.
Elli is behind the phenomenal Force of Habit anthology series including a feature, 11 short films and an impact campaign, exploring gender discrimination and existing power structures in public and private life. The thought-provoking feature has received multiple awards including the Nordisk Film Culture Prize 2020, State Prize and Best International Feature at Raindance FF, 2020.
© Agnete Schlichtkrull DR
Producer, Zentropa, Denmark
Karoline has produced more than 20 short and documentary films, and several feature films and drama series like Marie Krøyer (Bille August), Arn (based on author Jan Guillou’s tales about the Night Templar Arn) and Rita (for TV2 Denmark). Rita has been a huge success at Netflix and remakes were ordered in France and Belgium. She co-created crime series Norskov and produced the first season of the award-winning series The Legacy (for DR Drama), as well as the mini-drama series Liberty. As a producer with focus on drama series at Zentropa Karoline is working on various TV series, including one for NENT Group/Viaplay.
© Jason Alami
Milad graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2011. The same year he won a Nordic Talents award together with producer Stinna Lassen. Since then, he has made several short films, winning the Robert Prize and being selected to Directors Fortnight in Cannes. Alami’s first feature The Charmer, premiered at San Sebastian and won several prizes, among others the Fedeora Award – San Sebastian, Silver Hugo Prize – Chicago, NDR Film Prize – Lübeck and Best Film – Warsaw. The Charmer sold to major territories around the world.
Milad was also the conceptualizing director for DR´s series When the Dust Settles which competed for Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize 2019-Best Nordic Screenplay. He is currently in post-production with his new feature film, The Opponent, set to premiere in 2022.
© David Oldfield
script consultant Icelandic Film Centre, film educator, Iceland
Steven is a Reykjavík-based script consultant and film educator, originally from Michigan, USA. He has studied screenwriting and film directing at both FAMU in Prague and at the Columbia University School of the Arts in New York, where he received his MFA. He is the founder of the Reykjavik Film Academy, which provides film training for emerging talent in Iceland and abroad, a fiction consultant for the Icelandic Film Centre, and part of the campaign to bring university-level film education to Iceland for the first time.