Dream team forms Creative Alliance

By Freja Dam

By creating an innovative business model, six Nordic directors hope to (re)gain creative freedom.

Six prominent Nordic filmmakers join forces with four producers to develop English-language films for an international market.

This new artistic co-op named Creative Alliance is launched by directors Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration, The Hunt), Lone Scherfig (Italian for Beginners, An Education), Ole Christian Madsen (Flame & Citron, Superclásico), Per Fly (The Bench), Janus Metz (Armadillo) and Icelandic director Dagur Kári (The Good Heart, Noi the Albino) along with producers Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy from Parts & Labor International (Beginners) and Danish producers Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen and Jacob Jørgensen.

The directors have founded the co-op out of a desire to develop original, personal stories in a creative community where they can discuss each other’s projects and gain individual strength. The new forum gives them a chance to try out new ways of filmmaking in which the director plays a more critical role.

Combining two film traditions
Creative Alliance will serve as a development company for each director to develop and direct films in English for the international market.

The company aims to combine the best from Scandinavian film traditions with the strength and scale of the US film industry. Financially, this means applying for public development funding in Denmark and then selling the complete idea to producers in the US, where Scandinavian films are currently in high demand.

Creative Alliance has already secured the funding for the initial six projects and will subsequently continue to produce films of all budgets levels.

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Producer Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen

The Creative Alliance, from left to right: Jacob Jørgensen, Dagur Kari, Lars Knudsen, Lone Scherfig, Jay Van Hoy, Per Fly, Thomas Vinterberg, Janus Metz, Ole Christian Madsen, Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen Photo: Jakob Mydtskov

Creative Alliance and the Danish Film Institute

Henrik Bo Nielsen, CEO, welcomes the initiative, although he can’t guarantee funding:

“It depends on the specific ideas. The Danish Film Institute will evaluate each project on its own terms, and one of the things we’ll be looking for is some kind of Danish imprint. But it’s a very exciting initiative and a logical consequence of Danish film’s continuing internationalisation. A number of Danish directors have directed films and television series in the US, and their desire to test their experiences in a new way is only natural. Fortunately, our support system has great flexibility when it comes to supporting international collaborations.”

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