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The 2016 festival in review, and an invitation to save the dates 21-26 September in 2017 for the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival next year in Malmö, Sweden.

The 27th annual Nordisk Panorama Film Festival in Malmö for the fourth consecutive year exceeded our most optimistic expectations thanks to a continuously growing audience from Malmö combined with film professionals from 39 countries.

This year´s festival audience in cinema increased by 37% compared to 2015, thus surpassing our highly set goal in regards to attract a bigger audience into cinematic experiences. Furthermore, it feels very good to have passed the 15 000 audience count when including all events arranged during the 2016 Film Festival. This is an increase of 13% since 2015 and 43% since 2014.

In the cinemas we screened some of the greatest and most important Nordic short and documentary film productions and narratives produced in 2015 and 2016, and at Forum and Market we provided a platform aimed at the future for funding, distribution, feedback, collaboration and experience exchange.

As previously communicated during the final days of the 2016 festival we proudly announced the Best Nordic Documentary winner Don Juan [Sweden/Finland] directed by Jerzy Sladkowski, the Best Nordic Short Film winner Forgotten Reason [Sweden] directed by Peter Larsson, the Best New Nordic Voice winner Front View of my Father [Denmark] directed by Nicoline Skotte Jacobsen, the Nordisk Panorama Audience Award winner Yarn [Iceland, Poland] directed by Thordur Jonsson, Heather Millard & Una Lorenzen as well as the Children’s Choice Award winner Ruth [Iceland/Poland] directed by Hanna Heilborn.



The market was buzzing with over 100 international decision-makers from more than 25 countries, making great use of the screening facilities, the closed screenings, one-to-one meetings, Work-in-Progress presentations and Outlook Sessions.


A record number of more than 300 professionals from 25 countries attended Nordisk Panorama Forum 2016. 24 projects pitched at NP Forum to more than 70 decision-makers while 22 projects were presented in one-to-one meetings. An all time high of more than 570 pre-booked meetings compared to last year’s 510 took place over the two afternoons of the forum. We are looking forward to following the projects, seeing the results and hopefully welcoming back the finished films at Nordisk Panorama Film Festival.

The 2016 Special Programme focused on the themes Young Nordics, Special industry programme, Norway in focus, Swedish sin, Digital disruption, Animation and the 24 hour cinematic life puzzle and challenged the norms and spectrums of storytelling by taking the festival to new venues and domains. 

To mention a few highlights we, with Pool Cinema, brought the film media to unknown waters by combining the pleasures of swimming and film watching, and in the Malmö streets we attracted more than 150 people to join our “A Wall is a Screen” tour. At Blå Båten we were spell bound listening to Aslaug Holm and Sara Broos at the annual “Our Dinner With…” event, at Spegeln we got the audience into a Knit-A-long screening and at Stadsarkivet we delivered thought provoking out of body experiences through the magic of virtual reality. All of which are covered in our recently published photo albums on Facebook (links below).

Norway in Focus

In 2016 the spotlight was on Norway, a country as diverse and norm challenging as its fairy tale like landscape. Who would have thought that Slow TV and an intense chess drama would attract attention from all corners of the world? It all comes down to dedication, and the belief in what you do and the value of doing it. Aslaug Holm spent 10 years recording her two sons’ childhood, covering every aspect from love to laugh and struggle to sorrow. Long before her, Thor Heyerdahl put his life at risk in an attempt to test his scientific theories by crossing the Pacific Sea. In more modern times, far away from stormy and shark-infested waters, Paul S Refsdal faced another fear while living with suicide bombers in an endeavour to grasp their perception of the world. They all compromised their lives in one way or another to deliver to the society a better understanding of the world – a true testament to dedication and to the love of knowledge and curiosity. Norway, we admire you.

Seen our photos yet?

NP Awards Gala Photos
Enjoy our selection of photos from the NP Awards Gala 2016. (Link to Facebook)
Opening Night Photos
Enjoy our selection of photos from the Opening Night 2016. (Link to Facebook)
Social Gatherings Photos
Enjoy our selection of photos from social gatherings in 2016. (Link to Facebook)
Forum 2016 Photos
Enjoy our selection of photos from
Forum 2016. (Link to Facebook)
Panel Photos
Enjoy our selection of photos from panels 2016. (Link to Facebook)
Experience Events Photos
Enjoy our selection of photos from Experience Events. (Link to Facebook)
Market 2016 Photos
Enjoy our selection of photos from
Market 2016. (Link to Facebook)
For a full summary Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 2016, please visit "2016 in Review".
Vognmagergade 10
1120 Copenhagen K, Denmark

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