CPH:FORUM unveils the selection of its 2022 edition

– A total of 30 projects and six Nordic works in progress have been selected for the industry event, which will take place physically in Copenhagen

Megaheart by Emily Norling, one of the titles participating in CPH:FORUM

From March 28 to 31, 2022, CPH:FORUM, the international creative documentary funding and co-production event, part of the leading Nordic documentary festival CPH:DOX, announced the 30 international projects that have been selected for this year edition, as well as six other Nordic works in progress that will be featured in the CPH:WIP section. After two years of running online, CPH:DOX is preparing to welcome hundreds of guests to Copenhagen from March 23 to April 3, and industry events will take place both in person and online.

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Women occupy a central place in the programming, behind and in front of the camera, and among the selected projects are the new works of Jialing Zhang (A nation of children), Ilinca Calugareanu (Chuck Norris against communism [+see also:
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), Tova Mozart (Psychic), Elizabeth Lo (Wander) and Lana Wilson (miss american), among others. Topics explored among the projects include some of the major issues affecting the world we live in, such as race, equality and the legacy of colonialism, which collide in a personal film by the award-winning Barbadian filmmaker. Jason Fitzroy Jeffers (machete dad). Then there’s the Dutch visual artist’s latest project Renzo Martens (white cube [+see also:
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), while new perspectives on the climate emergency are presented in a wide-ranging investigation by Oscar-nominated filmmakers Tia Lessin (The Janes) and Carl Deal (trouble the water) as well as in an intimate observation of Nathan Grosman (I am Greta [+see also:
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interview: Nathan Grossman
film profile
]
).

The 30 projects will be presented in five categories: FICTIONONFICTION (challenging works in the hybrid landscape between fiction and non-fiction), CINEMA (high-end cinema feature documentaries with international distribution potential), F:ACT (projects linking the fields film, investigative journalism and activism), ART (film projects by visual artists to be screened in both the institution of film and the visual arts) and SCIENCE (documentary film of creation and new media projects on science and technology).

As for the six current Nordic projects selected for CPH:WIP, which will be presented on March 28, they include the new works of established filmmakers such as Tonje Hesse Schei, Carl Olson and Christian Sonderby Jepsenas well as emerging Nordic talent.

Tereza Simikova, Head of CPH:FORUM, said, “The pandemic has profoundly affected curation across all platforms and has further narrowed the range of films and topics that can be made. It is our permanent mission to nurture a space of originality and creativity, while ensuring that the projects we exhibit can effectively find their audience.

The selected projects will be presented to more than 200 established film financiers, representatives of streaming platforms, broadcasters, film studios and philanthropic foundations. It should be noted that for the ninth consecutive year, CPH:FORUM is awarding the Eurimages Co-production Development Prize, worth €20,000, to the event’s best pitched co-production project.

Here is the full list of CPH:FORUM and CPH:WIP 2022 projects:

CPH: FORUM

A fox under a pink moonMehrdad Oskouei (Iran)
Producers: Mehrdad Oskouei (Oskouei Films), Siavash Jamali (Dreamlab Films)

Parts of the bodyKristy Guevara-Flanagan (UNITED STATES)
Producer: Helen Hood Scheer (Chuparosa Films)

Social breakFredrik Gertten (Sweden/Chile)
Producer: Margarete Jangard (WG Film AB)

celluloid dreamsIlinca Calugareanu (UK/Germany)
Producer: Mara Adina (Vernon Films)

Climate in therapyNathan Grosman (Sweden)
Producer: Cecilia Nessen (B-Reel Movies)

Cup 71Rachel Ramsey, James Erskine (UK)
Producer: Victoria Gregoire (New film noir)

Russian CowboyTova Mozart (Sweden)
Producer: Daniel Pynonen (Picky pictures)

Girls ohf Tomorrownora philippe (France)
Producer: Estelle Robin You (Point du Jour/The balibari films)

The end of silence?Kasper Bisgaard, Mikael Lypinski (Denmark)
Producer: Sara Stockman (Photos Sonntag)

The first plantingJason Fitzroy Jeffers (UNITED STATES)
Producers: Darcy McKinnon, Romola Lucas (Gusto Moving Pictures)

The Gospel According to MatthewRenzo Martens (Netherlands/Denmark/Germany)
Producers: Sigrid Dyekjaer, Heino Deckert (real lava)

The great $windle art (working title) – Andreas Dalsgaard (Denmark/France)
Producers: Andreas Dalsgaard (Elk Film), Christoph Jörg (PumpernickelFilms)

Hollywood GateIbrahim Mohammad (Germany)
Producer: Talal Derki (Jouzour Film Production)

Human raceSimon Lec (Denmark)
Producer: Jacob Levin Krogh (Move Copenhagen)

The human wave 3Edward Williams (Argentina/Portugal/China/France)
Producer: Maria Victoria Marotta (A Puma Cine)

The Last NomadsBiljana Tutorov, Petar Glomazic (Serbia/Montenegro/Croatia/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Producer: Biljana Tutorov (Wake Up Films)

Look me in the eyesLana Wilson (UNITED STATES)
Producer: Kyle Martin (Drift Cloud Productions)

MegaheartEmily Norling (Sweden)
Producers: Melissa Lindgren, Tobias Janson (AB story)

men in grayRa’anan Alexandrowicz (USA/Germany)
Producers: Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, Heino Deckert (Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)

Pik NikArko Datto (Hungary/India/UK)
Producers: Balint Revesz, Luke W Moody, Tanaji Dasgupta (Good kids)

Portrait of a confused fatherGunnar Hall Jensen (Norway/France)
Producer: Ingrid Galadriel Aune Falch (Movie UpNorth)

QueenAgniia Galdanova (Russia)
Producer: Igor Myakotin (Sopka Films)

Sink ohto swimTia Lessin, Carl Deal (UNITED STATES)
Producer: Jared Scott (Films from elsewhere)

So-called sisterhood (working title) – Hanka Nobis (Switzerland/Poland)
Producer: Esther van Messel (Firsthand Movies)

Total confidence (working title) – Jialing Zhang (Germany/Netherlands)
Producer: Knut Jäger (Filmtank GmbH)

Unconventional gardenersAlexander Bernard, Paolo Ceretto (Italy)
Producer: Massimo Arvat (Zenit Arti Audiovisual)

Untitled Mistress Sink ProjectElizabeth Lo (USA/China)
Producer: Maggie Li (After Argo Films LLC)

The mystery of the whaleJanus Metz, Klaus Thyman (Denmark/Norway/Iceland)
Producer: Peter Engel (Wingman Media)

bleachAndrei Nekrasov (Norway)
Producer: Torstein Grude (Piraya Film AS)

women of my lifeZahraa Ghandour (Iran/Switzerland)
Producer: Samir Jamal Aldin (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion)

CPH:WIP

The End – Allies for ArmageddonTonje Hesse Schei (Norway/Sweden/Finland/Germany)
Producers: Torstein PareliusIngrid Galadriel Aune Falch, Christian Aune Falch (Up North Films)

The false willChristian Sonderby Jepsen (Denmark)
Producer: Mira Jargil (Moving documentary)

Nasrin’s voiceKaisa Rastimo (Finland)
Producer: Ella Ruohonen (Picture Club Oy)

ResortsMette Carla Albrechtsen (Denmark/Sweden)
Producer: Rikke Tambo Andersen (Tambo Film, Bullitt Film ApS)

RemainingJulia Dahr, Julie Lunde Lillesaeter, Hannah Jayanti (Norway/USA)
Producers: Natalya Sarch, Darcy McKinnon (different media)

VintersagaCarl Olson (Sweden)
Producer: Antonio Russo Merenda (Ginestra Film)

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