DR Talent Award is CPH:DOX’ pitch competition for young, aspiring filmmakers, held in collaboration with DR (the Danish Broadcasting Corporation) and the Film Workshop.

The winner receives 25.000 DKK in production support from DR, ongoing professional guidance and the possibility to borrow professional production equipment from the Film Workshop. Depending on the final result of the production, the film might have the possibility of being broadcasted on one of DR’s platforms.

How to Participate

We encourage all young talents to apply; a background in filmmaking is not expected. The most important premise is that you got an original idea for a short documentary and a strong ambition to bring it to life.

To submit a project to the DR Talent Award, these criteria must be fulfilled:

  • You are a Danish resident
Your submitted project is in development; it is not permitted to submit a finished production
  • The target group of your project is the 15-35 year olds
The project can be thought for SoMe, streaming or TV, but the finished product should not exceed 28 minutes
  • Your level of ambition is realistic in terms of completing the documentary within a year and the ressources allocated through the award
  • You are able to participate in the Pitch-event during CPH:DOX March 25th 2019

Six projects will be selected for a final pitch round at CPH:DOX 2019. In the selection process the jury are especially keen on projects that are fit for DR3’s profile. This might entail stories that are told with bold honesty, that shows curiosity, gives an insight to unknown worlds or who challenges the traditional limits of the documentary genre.  


To participate in the DR talent award you need to fill out this SUBMISSION FORM. We only accept applications that are submitted through this form and the deadline for applications are January 15 2019 12.00 pm.

If selected, the information submitted in the application is what will be published in CPH:DOX’s international program as well as the flyer for the pitch event. Only minor changes and updates to the project information will be possible after selection.

All material must be in Danish and we urge you to have the following ready before you begin the online application process:

  • Working Title

  • Max 3 min. of raw material or a clip focusing on for example the main character or the theme. This clip can for example be recorded with a cellphone and does not have to be a final expression of your project.
  • Logline (max. 250 characters incl. spaces)

  • Synopsis/treatment (max. 2500 characters incl. spaces)

  • Anticipated duration of the documentary
  • The following information on the film’s director(s):
    • Full name
    • Contact information (e-mail and phone number)
Short biography (max. 650 characters incl. spaces)

  • The following information on the film’s producer(s):

    • Full name
    • Contact information ( e-mail and phone number)
Short biography (max. 650 characters incl. spaces)

  • Link(s) to earlier productions (if applicable)

The application must uploaded through the submission form before January 15th 2019 at 12:00.


6 projects will be selected to enter the DR Talent Award pitch competition during CPH:DOX Film Festival on March 25 2019. If chosen as a finalist, it is mandatory that you participate in the event. Finalists will be in the beginning of February 2019.

CPH:DOX requires the logo of DR, the Film Workshop and CPH:DOX to be taken up in the credits of the winner production once finalised.

The selection committee decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome. Feedback is not guaranteed if your application is unsuccessful.

The Pitch Event

The six teams that are selected for the pitch event will present their projects for the talent award jury, which will consist of a producer and representatives from DR and the Filmworkshop.

Each team gets 7 minutes to present their project for the jury, followed by 7 minutes of questions from the jury. The 7 min. presentation should include a visual clip of max. 3 min., this can be of whatever you think represents your project the best; whether the material is a presentation of the main idea behind the project or focuses on for example the main character or theme of the production is up to you.

The pitch event will be conducted in Danish and take place during CPH:DOX on Monday March 25 2019.

Online registration opens: November 15, 2019
Project application deadline: January 15, 2019
Notification of project selection: primo February 2019
DR Talent Award pitch competition and announcement of the winner: March 25, 2019

The organisers reserve the right to change the rules and regulations or processes at any time and without notification.