Danish films / IDFA 2017

Welcome to the Danish Film Institute's festival website on Danish films at IDFA 2017, running 15-26 November. Don't forget to look us up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and stay connected with #danishfilm.

the Distant barking of dogs

INTERVIEW. Simon Lereng Wilmont shows the power of survival in his film about Oleg in East Ukraine. IDFA Competition for First Appearance

Kids on the Silk Road

INTERVIEW. Jens Pedersen's series is a tribute to children everywhere in the world who act on their passion. IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

Cosmic Top Secret

INTERVIEW. It should feel like play, not like a dusty Cold War documentary, Trine Laier says about her game that delves into her parents' past as secret Cold War agents. IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling


A Year of Hope

INTERVIEW. Mikala Krogh lived for a year with her family on an Island south of Manila to make her documentary about the street children getting hope for a better future at a Danish aid organisation. IDFA Masters

...When You Look away

INTERVIEW. Phie Ambo leaves it up to chance and keeps an open mind in her cinematic exploration of human consciousness. IDFA Masters


Big Time

INTERVIEW. Over six years, Kaspar Astrup Schröder followed architect Bjarke Ingels and the realisation of the new World Trade Centre in New York. The film shows a modern visionary whose success has come at a high price. IDFA Panorama


The Stranger

INTERVIEW. Nicole N. Horanyi aims to bring the best of the documentary and the narrative together in her film about Amanda, a single mother, and Casper, a conman. IDFA Panorama

Final Cut for real

PROFILE. Films by Joshua Oppenheimer and Christy Garland are in the pipeline at the Danish production outfit. IDFA lineup includes 'Dreaming Murakami' (image) and 'Land of the Free.'

IDFA Forum

WHAT'S PITCHING. Eva Mulvard's 'Family on the Run' about an Iranian family's fight for a life together is one of the projects selected for IDFA's co-financing and co-production market running 20-22 November.


Feminist Film Hits Home without Raising a Fist

Feminist Film Hits Home without Raising a Fist

15.01.18INTERVIEW. Channelling the #MeToo spirit in her feature debut 'Holiday,' Isabella Eklöf explores the fraught power dynamic between a young woman and her criminal lover. We tend to lay too much blam...
Playing with audiences' imagination

Playing with audiences' imagination

15.01.18INTERVIEW. Gustav Möller's debut feature 'The Guilty' takes audiences on a tense journey without physically leaving one location on screen. Made on a limited budget, the crime thriller springs from...
17 Danish films in Göteborg Line-up

17 Danish films in Göteborg Line-up

10.01.18FESTIVAL. 'The Return,' 'The Charmer' and 'Holiday' will compete for the lucrative Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at Göteborg Film Festival, starting 26 January. A total of 17 Danish feature fil...
Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

21.12.17Santa has always been at the cutting edge of technology ... Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Danish Film Institute!
Two films in Berlin Generation

Two films in Berlin Generation

19.12.17BERLIN. The animation film 'The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear' is invited to the Berlin Film Festival's children's film competition Generation Kplus, while the debut film 'Denmark' will be in...
Danish film industry joining forces to improve work environment

Danish film industry joining forces to improve work environment

14.12.17WORK ENVIRONMENT. Eleven organisations from the Danish film and theatre industries recently agreed to work together to ensure a good psychological working environment on theatre, film and TV produc...
Last Men in Aleppo on Oscar shortlist

Last Men in Aleppo on Oscar shortlist

11.12.17OSCARS 2018. 'Last Men in Aleppo' directed by Feras Fayyad is one of the 15 films that made this year's Oscar shortlist for best documentary feature. The five nominees to enter the final Oscar race...
Claus Ladegaard Is the Danish Film Institute’s New CEO

Claus Ladegaard Is the Danish Film Institute’s New CEO

05.12.17The DFI Board has decided to appoint Claus Ladegaard as its new CEO starting 1 January 2018.
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