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DR TALENT AWARD

The DR Talent Award is CPH:DOX’s pitch competition for young, ambitious filmmakers, held in collaboration with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation DR and the Film Workshops. The event takes place live and online on Thursday April 29, 2021.

CPH:DOX is proud to support a team of fresh talents through the annual DR Talent Award event. 11 aspiring, Danish filmmakers have been selected as finalists for the pitch competition counting 6 projects in development. The best pitch will receive 25.000 DKK in production support and ongoing professional guidance from DR, as well as mentorship and access to professional production equipment from the Film Workshop. Based on the artistic quality, originality, social relevance and feasibility of the project, the prize will be awarded by this year’s jury consisting of DR Acquisitions Executive Signe Bruntse, CEO of The Film Workshop Prami Larsen and director Emil Langballe. 

SELECTED PROJECTS

TALENT

THE DANISH YOUTH

The Danish Youth follows three young people who each represent current problems in Denmark. Weronika Laskowska is a young mother who suffers from depression, anxiety and is bipolar. Kristian Wiuf faces his drug and alcohol abuse in the aftermath of facing a strenuous mountain of academic pressure. Artamiz Cleopatra Panjehei is an Egyptian/Iranian Christian who is under pressure from both her friends and family – which has led to her experiencing an identity crisis. The three young people will meet and have an opportunity to gain a greater understanding and insight into other young people’s everyday lives and the problems they face.

Bakir Mohammed, Stevan Salkic, Roni Nevzat Gezen

TALENT

TONIGHT I AM ME

Tonight I Am Me is a documentary portraying the underground ballroom scene in Copenhagen. The scene provides a safe space for queer people to express exactly who they want to be. Thierry and other outsiders compete for the freakiest dance moves, the most bizarre looks, and demonstrating the sexiest attitudes. Each ‘ball’ is an opportunity to be praised for revealing their truest selves. The documentary follows three ballroom contestants as they prepare for and compete in the main event. It exposes the tension of the competition, and it presents a close-up of contestants reflecting on why the scene is where they are the most at home.

Adam Rugh Høy Hansen, Frida Ingeborg Petersen, Andrea Bjerregaard Ried

TALENT

SCANDINAVIAN PSYCHO

Best friends Emma and Tanya grew up 1400 kilometers apart in different countries, but discover similarities in their experience with mental illness. They felt limited by the norms of society. Now they want to talk to other people who are affected by mental illness and in order to prepare for this, they set out to uncover the past, both good and bad. They go on a physical and mental journey to explore each other’s pasts, while they are trying to break taboos and challenge existing stigma. In between grand hopes for the future and facing unfair odds in the present, they try to find their own path with the purpose of presenting that path to others.

Emma Steensen, Tanya Rudberg Selin

TALENT

WRINKLY

She has reached the point in her life where she thinks more about the past than the future. She has lived life to its fullest, the traces can be seen in her skin. I want to reconstruct her most important memory, ‘The Act of Killing’-style. We have to plan and record a production of the memory. The process with her is the key. Which details are important, which actors, what locations? We watch the memory, she watches the memory. Maybe she gets overwhelmed by the production, or maybe by the memory itself. How does it feel to see something which has only existed in your mind and heart for so many years?

Smilla Khonsari

TALENT

BODY/RULER

Body/Ruler examines and sheds light on how it feels to have an eating disorder, be overweight, have a disability or not fit into the normative gender understanding as a young person in Denmark. We meet a person with different body struggles in each episode, who gives us an insight into how it can affect and dominate their relationship with themselves and the way they live their lives in relation to jobs, educations and their relationship to other people: communities, sex/love interests, what roles they take upon themselves in friend groups.

Kirstine Siegumfeldt

TALENT

THEN WE TAKE THE WORLD

The classic music documentary is turned upside down in this series that points the camera away from the artists and onto their managers. We meet Emilie, who has received an investment in her own company, and now she needs to prove herself among the pros; Shillan, who has to work twice as hard in the urban genre which is dominated by male competition; and Morten, whose career started with managing his friends’ band, and now he is studying at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory to learn the skills expected of an artist manager.

Kirstine Holmen

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