Which films were funded in 2020, how many tickets were sold to Danish films, and how has the market shares for Danish and American films developed over the past year?
Now available online is 'Facts & Figures 2021', the Danish Film Institute's annual publication presenting statistical information on film production and distribution in Denmark in 2020.
Among the statistics is the annual market share, which ended at 50.2% – the highest ever recorded in Denmark. The only European country surpassing Denmark is Italy with a national market share at 55.6%.
Led by Danish blockbusters such as 'Another Round' and 'Riders of Justice', the high number was also the result of less international competition with many tentpole films skipping the cinemas due to corona.
In total, 20 feature films and 4 documentaries premiered in the Danish cinemas. Half of the feature films landed on the local top 20. Of these, two were directed by women: 'The Good Traitor' by Christina Rosendahl and 'The Food Club' by Barbara Topsøe-Rothenborg.
Production support was granted to a total of 25 feature films, 26 documentaries, 4 short films and 14 international co-productions.
Positive trends in gender balance
The publication also accounts for the gender balance in Danish film – both in front of and behind the camera. Looking at 2020, the numbers show positive trends:
For the first time since the monitoring began in 2016, feature films funded under the Commissioner Scheme display a marked balance, with 46% having a female director, 50% a female producer.
Under the New Danish Screen talent scheme, a small majority of films have female directors, producers and scriptwriters. In documentaries, gender balance is seen among directors, while more women than men are producing.
Finally, the gender ratio of cast members remains balanced, both in features and documentaries.