Focus on Denmark Presentation

2.06, 12.00 – 13.30 CEST

access with passes: Industry, Industry Pro, Media

Panel discussion focused on co-production possibilities with Denmark. Among our guests, we will have representatives of Danish film industry – experienced producers, representatives of TV stations and financing institutions. 

Moderated by Tue Steen Müller

INVITED PANELISTS:

Ane Mandrup – Head of Documentaries at Danish Film Institute

The Danish Film Institute (DFI) is Denmark’s national Agency for film and cinema culture, operating under the Ministry of Culture. We support the development, production and distribution of films and run the national archives.The Danish Film Institute (DFI) can fund international co-production of documentaries of any length, short fiction and transmedia films/projects that have a non-Danish delegate producer. There are three co-production submission deadlines per year. The purpose for funding co-productions is to strengthen partnerships and creative exchange between Danish and international producers. The Danish Film Institute highly values the opportunities that co-production can provide for the Danish industry; international financing, cultural and business exchange and distribution; and therefore encourages these partnerships to be established.

Katrine A. Sahlstrøm, Good Company, producer

Katrine A. Sahlstrøm worked for Danish maverick director Lars von Trier for 7 years before she took the leap from fiction to documentaries in 2011. With Trier she worked as PA and as assistant producer on films like Manderlay, Antichrist, and Melancholia (all by Lars von Trier) among other films like Dear Wendy by Thomas Vinterberg and Royal Affair by Nikolaj Arcel.  Before producing documentaries herself she worked for the renowned Danish producer Sigrid Dyekjær on films like Love Addict, Free the Mind and Ballroom Dancer. Ai Weiwei The Fake Case by Andreas Johnsen (feature length competition at IDFA, 2013, Bodil award winner 2014) was her forceful debut as producer. Katrine is a Eurodoc graduate and holds a bachelor degree in Film- and media science from the universities of Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Today she works in Good Company which she co-owns with three directors, focusing on character driven creative documentaries with an emotional impact.

Kim Christiansen, DR Sales, Executive Producer Documentaries & Co-productions

Master degree in Film and Law from University of Copenhagen. Worked with international documentary (selling, buying, commissioning and co-prod.) for the last 20 years. Previous Head of Sales at TV 2 WORLD and Head of Industry at CPH:DOX (2012 & 2013). Currently: Overseeing all our documentary films for the international market mainly from independent producers from the Nordic region but also from US, UK, Germany etc. as well as helping the producers with getting their films financed.

DR Sales is the sales department of the Danish Broadcasting Corp. It is Scandinavia’s largest international distributor, specialized in social and political contemporary documentaries and present at all major television markets and festivals. DR Sales also handles film projects in production in close collaboration with independent producers eligible for international co-productions and pre-sales.

Sigrid Dyekjær, Dannish Documenatry Production, producer

Sigrid Dyekjær has produced more than 30 documentary films during the last 20 years. She is the producer of the Oscar nominated film 2020 The Cave by Feras Fayyad. She has produced the Oscar-nominee Hanna Polak’s Something Better to Come, which had theatrical release in the US and won more than 80 awards. For this, Sigrid was nominated at the Producers Guild of America Awards 2016 for Outstanding Producer of Documentary. Sigrid is now a Producers Guild of America member. She has produced in 2019 Love Child by Eva Mulvad, I Walk by the acclaimed Danish Director Jorgen Leth, School of Seduction by Alina Rudtnitskaya, Aquarela by Victor Kossakovsky, shortlisted for on Oscar in 2020, Hunting for Hedonia by Pernille Rose Gron

Malene Flindt Pedersen, Hansen & Pedersen Film & Television, producer

Malene Flindt Pedersen (born 1966), graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1995. In 1998 she co-founded Hansen & Pedersen Film & Television with her husband, director Anders Riis-Hansen. Malene left the helm for some years in order to become Head of Development of Short and Documentary at The Danish Film Institute from 2006-2012, where she solidified her already strong network in the film business. Since coming back to perform the producer’s deed, she has produced and co-produced a number of international documentary films and TV-series. As Anders recently left the company to become a commissioning editor at DFI, Malene is now the sole owner and CEO of Hansen & Pedersen Film & Television. She also sits on the boards of The Danish Producers’ Association, and Copenhagen Film Festivals. Malene has been at The EAVE Producer’s Workshop to teach as an expert on financing, and taught classes at The Danish Film School and European Film College.

Signe Byrge Sørensen, Final Cut for Real, producer

Signe Byrge Sørensen is a two-time Oscar® nominee for producing The Act of Killing in 2014 and The Look of Silence in 2016. She was nominated for the Producer’s Guild Award in 2016 for The Look of Silence. She won Cinema Eye awards for the production of both these films. Signe Byrge Sørensen has been a producer since 1998. She began in SPOR Media in 1998, moved to Final Cut Productions ApS in 2004 and co-founded Final Cut for Real ApS in 2009. She has produced documentaries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Thailand, Indonesia, Colombia and Argentina, besides Denmark and Sweden. While at SPOR Media she was the Danish co-producer for Steps for the future. She holds an MA in International Development Studies and Communication Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark, 1998 (1st).

Tue Steen MüllerModerator

Born in 1947. Danish. Worked with short and documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TVFestival, Filmkontakt Nord and Documentary of the EU. Has given documentary courses and seminars in more than 30 countries. From 1996 until 2005 he was director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 he has been a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig.  Documentary film critic and reporter for www.filmkommentaren.dk