Shake-up for Danish festival scene

Country's two biggest fests merge

LONDON -- The Danish film festival scene is undergoing a shake-up with the country's two biggest -- NatFilm Festival and the Copenhagen International Film Festival -- merging under one banner.

Organizers of the two said Monday (June 30) that the pair would merge under the title CPH:PIX, which is scheduled to unspool in 2009, running April 16-26.

The new-look merged festival, which falls between the previously separate shindigs in the calendar, aims to focus on new talent and "artistic bravery," organizers said.

The artistic content of the startup meet-and-greet will be drawn up by former Copenhagen festival director Jacob Neiiendam and NatFilm head of programming Niels Lind Larsen, in collaboration with Mikkel Harder, managing director of the newly established festival organization, Copenhagen Film Festivals.

The new organization will oversee a trio of international film festivals in the Danish capital spanning BUSTER -- Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth and CPH:DOX -- Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival in addition to CPH:PIX.

The former industry event the Copenhagen Screenings will run during CPH:PIX as a market platform for Nordic films for children and youth.