Industry weekend 2020

This year MIX COPENHAGEN LGBTQ+ Film Festival is launching a new series of events under the umbrella Industry Weekend. Our goal is to be a resource for local talent and boost queer independent cinema. As the biggest and oldest queer film festival in the Nordics, MIX COPENHAGEN is also aspiring to become a gathering point for industry professionals, where local filmmakers can meet international professionals representing different queer film organizations, festivals, distributors and producers.

MIX COPENHAGEN has been an event that has kept bringing together the queer community of Copenhagen for the last 35 years. An achievement, we are not ashamed to say, we are proud of.Our main focus has been to not only bring to Copenhagen the best queer cinema has to offer, but also to create spaces that cater to the needs of the local community. This will forever stay our main goal.

We believe, we can make the festival stronger and thus more beneficial to the local community and queer film industry by creating relevant industry events that would make MIX a prominent actor on the queer film festival circuit.

Queering the pitch

MIX has always strived to create spaces for our audience in which you can experience the best of international, queer cinema. This year we challenged ourselves to create more opportunities for local filmmakers, while continuing to bring queer film to Copenhagen. In celebration of MIX’s 35th anniversary, we are proud to announce the launch of our short film pitching competition in collaboration with Odense Filmværksted. 

The aim is to encourage filmmakers to create queer cinema that will help guide the next generation of local talent, and we invite everyone with a relevant idea or script to submit them for consideration. The competition is open to short fiction, documentary, or web series pilots that have relevant LGBTQ+ themes and subject matter.

The winning project is awarded a monetary prize of 20.000 DKK to cover production costs, 50.000 DKK worth of film equipment rental from Odense Filmværkstedet, and a guaranteed spot in the Nordic Lights short film program that will be screened in MIX COPENHAGEN 2021.Nordic Lights is an audience-favourite film program at MIX CPH that is also screened at several other festivals throughout the year, thus ensuring international exposure. 

The competition consists of two stages, starting with a written application. All applications will be considered and a shortlist will be selected. At this second stage, applicants will have an opportunity to pitch their project live to a jury of renowned professionals and an audience. The winner will be selected after the live pitching session on October 25th.

Pitching Jury

Birgitte Rask
Birgitte Rask is a film producer educated from the Danish film school Super16. Birgitte began her career at Bacon where she gained international recognition winning awards from Tribeca to Cannes for films such as ‘Almost Human’ by Jeppe Rønde and ‘Period’ by Emilie Thalund. She now works as a producer at DR Drama focusing on talent development and producing fiction for young adults. Birgitte has a soft spot for storytellers who want to make the world a better place with their stories.

Mette Bihl

Mette Bihl has a cand.mag. in Media Science and subsequently many years of experience as a producer and organizer of mainly documentaries. In 2009 she was hired as a film consultant at Odense Film Workshop and later as director. The work has brought Mette around many festivals - both as a jury and as a presenter, just as it has given her a keen eye for the good visual narrative as well as the people behind it.

Nanna Tabor
Nanna Tabor works as executive producer at TV 2. She is responsible for commissioning fiction targeting young adults, with a special focus on webseries and distribution. Nanna oversees the development, production and marketing of several series aimed for both web and television.
She graduated as film producer from the National Film School of Denmark in 2017 and holds a B.A of Business Administration in Media & Entertainment Mgmt. from Amsterdam. Prior to taking her two degrees, Nanna has 10 years of professional experience working in the film and television industry in the production department on both features, series and documentaries.


Application deadline: Friday 16 October
Final selection: Sunday 18 October
Live pitching: Sunday 25 October 15:00 — 16:30
Submissions and pitches are accepted in both Danish and English.

Events

How to pitch (talk + workshop)

Sunday 27 September · 14:00 — 16:00
House of Sound (Gammel Kongevej 11-13, 5)

Do you want to work with film, but you don’t know where to start?
In relation to the first ever MIX pitching competition Queering the Pitch, we are facilitating
an introductory event to give aspiring filmmakers the chance to get know a bit more about the competition and encourage them to participate. No prior experience in filmmaking is required to attend.

Join us for an inspiring talk about diversity in filmmaking by Moussa Mchangama, followed by an introduction to the practicalities of pitching a film project, led by Rikke Kolding director of the Danish webseries ‘Ondt i Røven’ and Patricia Bbaale Bandak director of among others the documentary ‘Ville Villekulla’.

We will finish with an open brainstorming session where you will be able to ask questions and get feedback on your script, pitch or idea for a project. The open session will be facilitated by Patricia Bbaale Bandak and Rikke Kolding.

Talk
Moussa Mchangama
Chairperson of Mino Denmark

Workshop
Rikke Kolding
Director

Patricia Bbaale Bandak
Director

The event is in English.

Intro to Cinematography workshop (workshop)

Saturday 24 October · 12:30 — 13:45
Online

The ‘Introduction to Cinematography’ workshop introduces aspiring filmmakers to lighting, camera, and lens technologies, and how they can be used to help achieve their artistic intentions.

The goal of the workshop is to spark the interest of everyone who loves cinema and wants to explore being behind the camera. The workshop will be led by independent filmmaker and cinematographer Simona Susnea.

The workshop is in English, is free and will happen online.

Queering online content (Panel)

Saturday 24 October · 14:30 — 15:30
Hotel TwentySeven (Løngangstræde 27)

With the panel we want to spark a discussion and help queer filmmakers navigate the new era of audiovisual production we are facing, with the ever-increasing significance of web series and web-first content.

This event is a conversation with several industry experts like directors, producers and screenwriters that have succeeded in creating exceptional online series. The guests will share their views and experiences in topics such as how to monetize web series, the particularities of web content vs the big screen and how to transition between those mediums.

Participants
Clara Mendes
Screenwriter

Saadat Munir
Director

Søren Green Nielsen
Director

Moderator
Ana David
Film Programmer

The panel discussion is in English.

How to Get Your Queer Foot in the Door (Panel)

Sunday 25 October · 11:00 — 12:15
Hotel TwentySeven (Løngangstræde 27)

The film industry is remarkable for its barriers to new players. Without knowing the right people, it can be tricky to navigate your way in. That situation is even harder for queer filmmakers, that also have to deal with all the obstacles of a field still largely dominated by straight-cis men.

With this panel, we want to give novice filmmakers their first set of tools to handle this situation.

Our guests will share their own experiences, learnings and advises on topics such as how to overcome the initial barriers and make contacts and what are the obstacles for a queer person to break into the film industry.

Participants
Andrea Kuhn
Festival director

Ester Martin Bergsmark
Director

Mathias Broe
Director

Paulina Lorenz
Screenwriter and producer

Tyler Luke Cunningham
Actor

Moderator
Ana David
Film Programmer

The panel discussion is in English.

Find your crew! Speed dating (Networking)

Sunday 25 October · 12:45 — 14:15
MIX Lounge

"Hello, is it me you are looking for?"
We want to facilitate collaborations between film industry professionals with the goal of launching or realizing exciting new productions.

This is your opportunity to meet fellow film professionals to work on your project or you can find a project that is looking for your skills. Are you scriptwriter, director, cinematographer, or do you work with sound or light? It doesn’t matter, all skills are welcome.
The format of the event will be similar to speed dating where everyone will have a short time to talk to everyone else and make connections.

Book your ticket here

Accreditation

For the first time in 2020 MIX introduces accreditations to the festival. Now all film industry professionals and press can purchase a festival accreditation. An accreditation is required to ensure access to all events during the Industry Weekend.

Accreditations give access to:
— All screenings during the festival
— All industry events

Accreditations cost DKK 500 and are only available to film industry professionals.

To buy an accreditation for the festival, you must fill out a form. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and you’ll, if you meet the criteria, receive a confirmation email along with a link to pay for it.

The deadline to apply for accreditation is 20/10/2020.

Local queer filmmakers

If you are a filmmaker from the community and you are based in Denmark, we want to hear from you. Regardless, if you are established or just starting your career, we would like you to be part of a network of local queer filmmakers that could share resources and opportunities with each other. As well as to be considered by MIX COPENHAGEN for participating in relevant debates, talks or other opportunities related to the festival.
Contact us at industry@mixcopenhagen.dk