Scandinavian Films at Cannes Marché

CANNES 2020. Scandinavian Films is hosting five webinars during the Cannes Online Market. Discover more and register here.

With the Cannes Marché moving online this year, Scandinavian Films is going digital, too.

The umbrella organisation for the Nordic Film Institutes will be hosting five webinars on key topics – pandemic production, sustainability, new audience approaches, Nordic genre talents and how to move on to your first feature.

All five webinars are moderated by Screen International editor Wendy Mitchell.


For information about the Danish Film Institute at Cannes Marché:

Annemarie Hørsman
Communication Officer
Tel. +45 3374 3474

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At the Scandinavian Films pavilion in the virtual Marché, you can also learn more about the Nordic films that received the prestigious Cannes Label and find updates about upcoming titles across the Nordic countries.
The Cannes Marché du Film Online takes place 22-26 June. See more at

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Read about topics and panels below and click here to register: Scandinavian Films webinars

Pandemic Production: Lessons Learned in the Nordics
Monday, June 22, 15.00 – 16.00 CET

In the midst of the Coronavirus global pandemic, film and TV productions restarted (safely) earlier in the Nordics than the rest of the world. Learn from directors and producers how their shoots have resumed safely, as they discuss case studies of how exactly they have met the challenge of new health, safety and social distancing measures, as well as new insurance and financing challenges.

Panel: Aage Aaberge, producer, Nordisk Film, 'Narvik' (Norway), Nina Laurio, producer and partner, Dionysos Films (Finland), Lars Bredo Rahbek, Head of Production, SF Studios Denmark, 'Margrete – Queen of the North' (Denmark), Kristinn Thordarson, Head of Production, Truenorth (Iceland), Sara Young, writer/director, 'Most Unwanted' (Sweden).

Going Green
Tuesday, June 23, 10.00 – 11.00 CET

The film industry shares the globe’s growing concern about sustainability. There are many positive steps that film productions and the film ecosystem can take to make themselves more 'green'. Hear from Nordic Scandinavian experts about practical suggestions and new ways of thinking to make your business and your films more sustainable.

Panel: Ronny Fritsche, Film i Väst (Sweden), Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir, director, 'The Deposit' (Iceland), Anne Ahn Lund, Jordnaer Creative (Denmark), Mads Astrup Rønning, Founder and Creative Director at Babusjka & Founder of Green Producers Club (Norway), Saara Saarela, director, 'Memory of Water' (Finland), Mikael Svensson, Film Commissioner, Southern Sweden Film Commission (Sweden).

Reaching Audiences in 2020 and Beyond
Wednesday, June 24, 14.00 – 15.00 CET

Learn how Nordic distributors and exhibitors are adapting to the unprecedented times of 2020 both with cinema and VOD releases. What innovative approaches are helping films reach audiences, and how will distribution and exhibition adapt even when the world gets "back to normal". Experts from across the Nordics will present case studies from their own countries, offering lessons learned and ideas about the future.

Panel: Ditte Daubjerg Christensen, Managing Director, Øst for Paradis (Denmark), Peter Fornstam, CEO, Svenska Bio (Sweden), Truls Foss, Head of Programme Cinema, VEGA Scene (Norway), Jonas Holmberg, Artistic Director, Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden), Mika Siltala, CEO, Cinema Mondo (Finland), Hrönn Sveinsdóttir, Managing Director, Bio Paradis, (Iceland).

Fresh Flesh: The Rising Nordic Genre Talents
Thursday, June 25, 17.00 – 18.00 CET

Meet the new voices in Nordic genre filmmaking. We talk to rising genre talents about their upcoming projects, and also about trends in genre filmmaking. How are they exploring new ideas with genre and what's so special about genre storytelling in the Nordics?

Panel: Hanna Bergholm, writer/director, 'The Hatching' (Finland), Emma Broström, writer, 'Knocking' (Sweden), Kjersti Helen Rasmussen, writer/director, 'The Nightmare' (Norway), Marc Fussing Rosbach, director, 'Tarratta Nunaanni' (Greenland), Sissel Dalgaard Thomsen, writer, 'Breeder' (Denmark), Marteinn Thorsson, writer/director, 'Recurrence' (Iceland).

Getting Your First Feature off the Ground
Friday, June 26, 10.00 – 11.00 CET

You’ve made great shorts, TV episodes, webseries or commercials, but want to take your career to the next level. Does it feel impossible to make that big leap to your first feature film? Filmmakers from across the Nordics discuss how they have moved onto their debut feature, and what they learned on their journey.

Panel: Khadar Ahmed, writer/director, 'Gravedigger' (Finland), Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, writer/director, 'Clara Sola' (Sweden), Erika Calmeyer, writer/director, 'Storm' (Norway), Tinna Hrafnsdóttir, writer/director, 'Quake' (Iceland), Lisa Jespersen, writer/director, 'Persona non Grata' (Denmark), Ninja Thyberg, writer/director, 'Pleasure' (Sweden).