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 shone the 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.
Nordic Flair will keep a gap year in 2021 due to the COVID-19 situation, and will return in 2022. We will continue our focus on the behind the scenes talents of the Nordics: sales agents, distributors and streamers. The award winner will be announced in the summer of 2022.
The Nordic Flair programme is supported by Nordisk Film & TV Fond.