NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: Nordisk Film & TV Fond (by Annika Pham).
17 Nordic TV speakers and 13 series are attending the Czech TV drama Festival (September 19-24) which spotlights Finland and Yle savoir faire.
Under the aegis of the dynamic festival director Kamila Zlatušková, Milan Kundera’s birth place Brno has become in only seven years a buzzing place for European content creators and decision-makers.
Now after Denmark, Norway and Sweden, Finland is the latest Nordic country in Focus. “We Czechs have a lot in common with Finland especially our sense of humour, and pessimism is kind of our hobby,” says Zlatušková, who’s been ranked by Forbes magazine among the 150 most influential women in the Czech Republic since 2021.
“Our position within the international drama festival landscape is strengthened every year,” notes the Serial Killer chief, who has received from an early stage a strong support from Nordic professionals - ranging from SVT’s content strategist and format acquisitions Markus Sterky - he should have a “killer" statue here as our very first guest” says Zlatušková -, to Liselott Forsman, Nordisk Film & TV Fond CEO, Jarmo Lampela, Yle’s head of drama, but also TV4 Media’s head of script content Piodor Gustafsson and Ivar Køhn, Rubicon CEO who both sit on the advisory broad of the Television Institute, a new international TV education platform based in Brno.
Zlatušková says her festival is still niche but has an increasingly wider reach. “We are getting more and more exclusive premieres and cooperation requests from global players such as Netflix, which last year had one of its first and unique public presentations within the whole of CEE,” she noted.
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