New Danish Screen – 10 Years Celebration

The Danish Film Institute publishes regularly – in English – its magazine Film. A printed issue is always available in connection with the big festivals in Berlin, Cannes and Amsterdam (idfa), and on top of that you can find digital issues, the last one being the Fall 2013 issue that covers films in connection with other festivals like Toronto as well as articles on coproductions with Danish companies.

This blog post, however, deals with a very generous offer, in a special digital issue on ”10 Years with New Danish Screen”. For those who don’t know what that is: ” Established in 2003, New Danish Screen is a talent development subsidy scheme providing support for fiction and documentary films.

Through this support scheme new generations of filmmakers are given the opportunity to push their limits and create new experiences for cinema and television audiences. New Danish Screen aims at making use of the energies and skills of talented creators, rather than guiding them in well-defined directions.

New Danish Screen is aimed at new talents working on the professional level as well as less experienced filmmakers. What counts is enabling manifested talents to develop, test out new ideas or change course since their past productions.

New Danish Screen (NDS) is founded on a partnership between the Danish Broadcasting Corporation DR, TV 2 and the Danish Film Institute.”

And now about the celebration gift that also reaches out to a foreign audience (English subtitles): Choose between 53 films, supported by the NDS, and watch them online. Here are some titles to be recommended: “My Avatar and Me” by Bente Milton and Mikkel Stolt (photo), “My Father from Haifa” by Omar Shargawi, “The Invention of Dr. Nakamats” by Kaspar Astrup Schröder, Mira Jargil’s new “Dreaming of a family“, “White Black Boy” by Camilla Magid (this one with a small fee, otherwise the mentioned are for free). Those mentioned are all documentaries that I have seen, there are several fiction films, more experimental works and NDS deserves (also) much credit for bringing back the short film to a Danish, and now also an international audience. So – read all about it, NDS, and have fun with some films!

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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