The DR Talent Award is CPH:DOX’s pitch competition for young, ambitious filmmakers based in Denmark, held in collaboration with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation DR P3 and the Filmworkshop Copenhagen.

CPH:DOX is proud to present six fresh talents through DR Talent Award 2023 edition.

The winner receives 25,000 DKK in development support from DR P3, ongoing professional guidance and access to borrow professional production equipment from the Film Workshop. Depending on the final result of the production, the film may be able to be shown on P3 – or one of DR’s other platforms.

This years edition of DR Talent Award pitch competition will take place Friday, March 24 between 11:00-13:00 at Charlottenborg – Mezzaninen during CPH:DOX festival 15-26 March, 2023.

Please note, that DR Talent Award is for Danish projects only. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send an email to *****


Director: Adam Rugh Høy Hansen

Classical music is a museum for those with gray hair who take part in finer societies. A number of new, young composers are trying to challenge that notion. In this documentary you will meet young composers who see their purpose in classical music, and want to develop the genre that contributed with works still being performed in the greatest opera houses and concert halls in the world after 250 years. Composer Matias Vestergård recently finished his opera Lisbon Floor – a queer horror opera in which he uses humor, computer games and popular culture. This is his version of classical music.


Director: Sara Noor Shooshtari

The youth in Iran have been under pressure for decades. With the current riots, two siblings, Mahta & Parsa, plan to leave the country. Mahta must stay in Iran to finish her ph.d. Parsa is applying for a program in Turkey. The film delves into those of Iran’s youth fighting for a future outside the country, resonating with the generation that had to do the same in 1979. With perspectives on the revolution, Maryam reflects in short, lingering moments upon feelings that she also went through. Together, the two stories bear witness to the stagnation Iran has been in for a long time, which now stands to change.


Director: Eva Anker / Producer: Christopher Jermiin Anker

Discover a side of the spotlight you’ve never seen before. The documentary’s intimate portrait depicts how challenging it can be to hold onto oneself as one goes from humble beginnings to starring roles on the big screen. Learn about Kristoffer and his LGBTQIA+ friends as they break old stereotypes while each fights for recognition in the tough entertainment industry. The story sheds light on an unknown side of the acting world and examines whether strong values are given space.



Director: Aburna Mohanathas

Aburnas strict Tamils parents are fighting to get her married before turning 30. They would describe themselves as being very open minded – however, they have one serious criteria: he must be Tamil. For the ultimate chances they hired a matchmaker and set up severel pujas in the temple. Aburna keeps rejecting their desperate offers only until they find out there is a very valid reason behind.



Lasik: a documentary about my broken eyes

Director: Søren la Cour Frederiksen / Producers: Christopher Jermiin Anker & John Bonadies

In early 2020, the young film director Søren had his vision destroyed by an eye surgery. The procedure, which was supposed to remove his need for glasses, seemed harmless, but now, over two years later, it remains at the root of his daily challenges and frustrations. In a personal retrospective, Søren now tries to make sense of the whole process. Through his broken eyes we see what he has seen. We are with him at his surgery and his countless visits to the eye doctors. And we are with him when he, through the process of making a film, attempts to accept that his vision probably never will be the same again.


Directors: Laura Raahauge Olsen & Kasper Stub Jørgensen

Nina grows up in classic suburbia, living a restless life yearning to understand herself but feeling that her peers do not. She pushes away her true self, and puts on a mask. Life is filled with broken relationships, a violent love life and drug abuse. When watching a TV show a realization of having lived in a lie comes down on her. A frantic search for the true self commences, until finally getting the diagnosis. Nina is filled with anger and forgiveness towards her surroundings when slowly understanding years of troubling human relations. Suddenly her boyfriend proposes. Will Nina be able to commit to the ultimate relationship?

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