Call for submissions for HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award 2021


Call for submissions for HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award 2021

The next edition of Nordic Film Music Days will take place on Sunday February 14th and Monday February 15th, 2021.

We are happy to announce that once again the Nordic Film Music Days and HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award will take place at Nordische Botschaften in Berlin during Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival.
Due to COVID 19 the number of participants to physically attend at the Nordische Botschaften will be reduced. However, ALL OUR ACTIVITIES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ONLINE. Wherever you are in the world, you will have the opportunity to take part in the seminars, the talks and the screenings.
The full program will be released later.

REMINDER: Call for submissions for HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award 2021 is only open for a few more weeks. Deadline for composers to submit their works is October 1st. 
HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award is open for composers working in the Nordic countries and being a member of the national collecting societies. The composition must be for a narrative feature, documentary or TV-series released between July 21st, 2019 and July 21st, 2020. 

Your submission must include:
-Full name, contact info and of the composer
-membership number of the national collecting society
-Link to screener with English subtitles
-Link to IMDB

Submit your work
For the past years HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award & The Nordic Film Music Days have become a fixture on the event calendar during BERLINALE – Berlin International Film Festival. It’s a unique opportunity to spotlight Nordic composers and to celebrate their music during this prestigious festival. Nordic Film Music Days create a space to communicate, start future collaborations, educate and to network during the festival.
What is HARPA Nordic Film Music Days & Nordic Film Composers Award?
• An annual event during Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival
• Communicating & presenting the quality of Nordic film and media-music
• Strengthening artistic and musical interaction between the Nordic countries and beyond
• Increasing Nordic film composers’ access to the European markets
• Strengthening the Nordic film position in EU
• Connecting Nordic creatives with global decision makers for international collaborations

Since 2010, Nordic composers have joined forces to put focus on Nordic Film Music and Nordic Film with the HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award. From 2016 the HARPA Nordic Film Music Days and the HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award have been taking place at the Nordische Botschaften in Berlin in connection with the Berlinale film festival.
With new collaborators within the Norwegian and the Finnish Music export offices our event has been seriously strengthened.

Why are Nordic Film Music Days important?
• NFMD is an event to help communicate the success of Nordic film and Nordic film composers, including not only focus on film, but also on media-music topics as well.
• a Film Music direction for Berlinale, bringing Film music closer to the Berlinale-participants
• a film music industry event relevant for the entire film industry in Germany and Europe.

Nordic Film Music Days is carried out as a collaboration between the Nordic composer organizations, Music Norway and Music Finland. To achieve its goals Nordic Film Music Days is once again co-operating closely with the Nordic Embassies in Berlin, the national film institutes, EAVE producers and is carrying out activities with Berlinale Talents and Berlinale Co-Production Market. With the help from Thomas Mikusz (White Bear PR) NFMD will throughout the year communicate engaging stories from our composers, their music and our events. We will ensure that HARPA Nordic Film Music Days and Nordic Film Composers Award will become the ‘place-to-meet’ for anybody interested in Nordic film and Nordic film- & media-music. Through collaborations with other European festivals and happenings we make sure that Nordic Film Music Days is constantly showcased.

Partners in HARPA Nordic Film Music Days 2021
-SKAP (The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers & Authors)
-FST (Föreningen af Svenske Tonsättere)
-Music Finland
-Finnish Music Creators FMC
-STEF (Icelandic Collective Rights Management Society)
-NOPA (Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists)
-Komponistforeningen (Norwegian Society of Composers)
-Music Norway
-BFM (Danish Organization for Film- and Media Composers)
-Thomas Mikusz, White Bear PR/Associated Publicist and international PR

HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award is organized by the composer organizations from the 5 Nordic countries. Before December 1st each Nordic country will have chosen their national nominee, a composer which has shown excellent work in a composition for a feature, documentary or TV-series released between July 21st, 2019 and July 21st, 2020. Program will be announced December 2020. The winner of HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award 2021 will be selected by an international jury.

Winners of HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award
2020 Berlin | Gaute Storaas (Norway) | Bröllop, begravning & dop
2019 Berlin | Davíð Þór Jónsson and director Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland)| Woman at war
2018 Berlin| Daníel Bjarnason (Iceland) | Under the Tree
2017 Berlin and Cannes | Honor award | Bent Fabricius-Bjerre (Denmark)
2017 Berlin and Cannes | Sune Martin (Denmark) | Land of Mine
2016 Berlin | Honor award | Johann Johannsson (Iceland)
2016 Berlin | Atli Örvarsson | Rams
2014 Espoo | Matti Bye (Sweden) | Faro
2013 Trondheim |Tuomas Kantelinen (Finland) | Puhdistus
2012 Reykjavik |Fredrik Emilson (Sweden) | Kronjuvelarna
2011 Copenhagen | Gaute Storaas (Norway) | Elias og jakten på havets gull
2010 Gothenburg | Dani Strömbäck (Finland) | Letters to Father Jacob