Nordic Flair

Launched in 2017, Nordic Flair is an initiative of the Finnish Film Affair, offering career development opportunities for Nordic talent. Each year, we also honour an exceptional Nordic talent working internationally with the Nordic Flair Award, one of the highest honours of Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy.

In 2017-2018, the initiative focused on acting, with the Nordic Flair Award being awarded to Pilou Asbæk  in 2017 and Laura Birn in 2018, respectively. Director Lone Scherfig was the recipient of Nordic Flair Award in 2019, the year when we focused on directors and composers, as well as actors.

At Nordic Flair 2020, we want to shine to spotlight on the behind the scenes talents of Nordic film industry: emerging sales agents and distributors, as well as artists working on film sound, by awarding our Nordic Flair Award 2020 to foley artist extraordinaire Heikki Kossi.

Training for sales agents and distributors

Our new market training initiative aims to make sure that the next generation of Nordic sales agents and distributors have a co-Nordic mindset and the best possible tools to innovate ideas in a changing landscape.

The sales and distribution training initiative will bring emerging talents from Nordic distribution companies and sales agencies to Helsinki for 4 days of training, consisting of workshops, peer-to-peer discussions, listening to topical panels and networking with the other industry guests. The attending sales agents and distributors will also get a chance to attend one-on-one meetings and networking events at the Finnish Film Affair.

Training opportunities are rare for sales agents and distributors, especially early in their careers. To give all selected participants an equal chance to attend, we will cover their accommodation in Helsinki, event accreditation and travel costs.

This year’s cohort of rising stars has now been selected. The participants are:

Emma Caviezel (Acquisitions Coordinator, Draken Film), Sweden
Sofie Jensen (Distribution Assistant & Marketing Coordinator, Øst for Paradis), Denmark
Agnete Juul (Head of Booking, Camera Film), Denmark
Tytti Rantanen (Programme Coordinator, AV-arkki –The Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art), Finland
Lauren Valmadre (Sales & Acquisition Manager, LevelK), Denmark
Aron Víglundsson (Marketing & Distribution Manager, Bíó Paradís), Iceland

Masterclass by foley artist Heikki Kossi

Finnish Film Affair’s programme will culminate in a masterclass by our Nordic Flair Award winner Heikki Kossi. Kossi will talk about his work and perform live in a Masterclass event on the evening of Friday 25 September at Kino Regina (free entry). The masterclass show will also be streamed live on Facebook.

I am flattered and thankful for the distinction that I have received. HIFF is a festival to reckon with, and the award speaks of deep understanding for the various levels of film. Most of all, I am glad about the attention paid to film sound. Sound is part and parcel of emotion and narration, and understanding this opens up wonderful possibilities,” Kossi says.

The Nordic Flair programme is supported by Nordisk Film & TV Fond.