Nordic Film Music Days & HARPA Award 2019

Today 11th and tomorrow 12th of February, the Nordic Film Music Days 2019 event will take place in Berlin (Germany), coinciding with the Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale (7-17 Feb 2019), gathering composers from northern European countries such as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, during which the 9th edition of the HARPA Nordic Film Music Composer Award will be presented.


The program will be as follows:

Monday 11/02/2019

  • 10:00-14:00h – Screenings of the Nominated Films
  • 14:00-15:00h – Post-Screenings Conversation with an Agent – George Christopoulos moderated by Thor Joachim Haga
  • 16:00-19:00h – NORDIC COMPOSERS: Speed-Meetings + Meet&Greet Events


Tuesday 12/02/2019

  • 11:30-12:45h – Panel – Composer’s Partners in Business
    • Annette Gentz (agent – Annette Gentz Music and Film Arts, Germany), Lena Obara (music supervisor – Sector C, Germany), Peer Steinwald (Senior A&R Manager – Budde Music Publishing, Germany), Thomas Mikusz (publicist – White Bear PR, USA) and Ruby Wasmuth (Composer Manager – Manners McDade) – Moderated by Katariina Sorsa with introduction by Jesper Hansen.
  • 13:30-14:15h – Panel – Working and not getting stuck
    • Composers Christine Aufderhaar (Switzerland), Hanne Hukkelberg (Norway) and Timo Hietala (Finland) moderated by Nicklas Schmidt , will have a conversation about work and creativity blocks.
  • 13:30-14:30h – Workshop – Opening up the process
    • Film composer Jonas Struck and experienced sound designer Peter Albrechtsen will expose a world of musical questions, decisions, and productions.
  • 14:30-15:00h – Workshop – Opening up the process
    • Danish composer Frans Bak will demonstrate the different work methods of five composers who have been asked to make music for the same short movie.
  • 15:15-15:45h – Panel – Fruitful artistic cooperations. How can cooperation enhance the use of music?
    • Peter Albrechtsen & Jonas Struck (Denmark) will talk about their cooperation through 5 films and Davíð Þór Jónsson & Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland) will do the same about their 2 films. Moderated by Petur Jonsson.
  • 16:00-16:30h – Panel – Towards bigger international productions.
    • The composers of Nordic television successes Bridge (Bron) and the Killing (Forbrydelsen) will talk about their work with international productions and the professional networks and business structures aside from the art. Frans Bak talks about his experience writing both for the original Danish version of the Killing, Forbryndelsen, as well as the U.S. television remake. Patrik Andrén will talk about the contrasts and similarities between film and game productions through the case of Battlefield I & V, Electronic Arts (EA). Moderated by Katariina Sorsa.
  • 18:00-19:00h – HARPA Award
  • 19:00-21:00h – Afterparty, with musical performances by Matti Bye (Sweden), Hanne Hukkelberg (Norway) and DJ Gisle Martins Meyer (Norway).


The nominees for the HARPA Nordic Film Composer Award 2019 are:

  • Jonas Struck (Denmark) – QEDA – Man Divided ( Max Kestners)
  • Timo Hietala (Finland) – Laugh or Die ( Heikki Kujanpää)​​
  • Davíð Þór Jónsson (Iceland) – Woman at war / Kona fer í stríð ( Benedikt Erlingsson)​​
  • Ola Fløttum (Norway) – Thelma ( Joachim Triers)
  • Johan Testad – (Sweden) – Goliat ( Peter Grönlunds)


And the Jury:

  • Composer Christine Aufderhaar (Switzerland)
  • Film music agent George Christopoulos (Greece)
  • Festival manager Florian Vollmers (Germany)

HARPA Nordic Film Composer Award 2019


More information about the HARPA Award 2019:


You can find more information about the full event on the official website: