Nordic Film Music Days & HARPA Award 2020

UPDATE (3/2/2020): Full program of the event added

UPDATE (20/2/2020): Program of the event updated


NOTE: You can also read this article in German (here) or Spanish (here)


On Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th of February, the Nordic Film Music Days 2020 event will take place in Berlin (Germany), coinciding with the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale (20 Feb-1 Mar 2020), gathering composers from northern European countries such as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, during which the 10th edition of the HARPA Nordic Film Composer Award will be presented.

Nordic Film Music Days

The nominees for the HARPA Nordic Film Composer Award 2020 are:

  • Kåre Bjerkø (Denmark) – Det som Göms i Snö
  • Panu Aaltio (Finland) – Luontosinfonia
  • Gyða Valtýsdóttir (Iceland) – Mihkel
  • Gaute Storaas (Norway) – Bröllup, Begravning och Dop
  • Anders Niska & Klas Wahl (Sweden) – Balloons over Babylon

And the international jury:

  • Davíð Þór Jónsson (Film Composer and 2019 HARPA award winner, Iceland)
  • Christine Aufderhaar (Film Composer, Switzerland)
  • Jean-Michel Bernard (Film Composer, France)
  • Florian Vollmers (Festival Management, Nordic Film Days Lübeck, Germany)
  • George Christopoulos (Music Agent, Greece)


The award ceremony will take place on Monday, Feb 24th at the Auditorium of the Felleshus of the Nordic Embassies/Nordische Botschaften in Berlin, as part of the Nordic Film Music Days.

HARPA Nordic Film Composer Award 2020

Nordic Film Music Days & HARPA Award 2020 - Program

You can find the full program of the event in the following link:


But we’ve prepared an extensive summary that you can read below:


  • Auditorium – 14:00- 15:30 – (FIN) Luontosinfonia / Panu Aaltio
  • Conference room – 15:45 – 18:30 – (DK) Det som göms i snö / Kåre Bjerkø
  • Auditorium – 16:45 – 18:45 – (IS) Mihkel / Gyða Valtýsdóttir
  • Conference room – 18:45 – 22:00 – (NO) Bröllop, begravning & dop / Gaute Storaas
  • Auditorium – 20:00 – 21:30 – (SE) Balloons over Babylon / Anders Wahl & Klas Niska


  • 9:45 – 10:30 – Open pitch session – Composer: Put your best foot forward with a workshop on presenting yourself, your brand, and your music to a panel of music professionals.
    • Play 90 seconds of your best work to for the panel.
    • Introduce yourself to the panel with a short description of who you are and what your music is about.
    • Receive constructive feedback from music professionals on your presentation and music choice and how best to craft future pitch sessions for studio executives and filmmakers.
    • Meet – Thomas Mikusz Austria/USA Publicist at White bear PR, Lena Obara music publishing & music supervisor at Sectorc, and Milena Fessmann Germany Music supervisor at Cinesong
  • 10:45 – 11:30 – Follow the money – With Michael Ohst, Germany Managing Director of Bosworth music, Dirk Lange, Germany Creative and sync manager for Bosworth, and Lena Obara music publishing & music supervisor at Sectorc. Moderator:​ Kaisa Rönkkö, Finland Executive Director Music Finland.
  • 11:45 – 12:30 – Ambitious case story – A career is something that you build; and build carefully. With do’s and don’ts, happenings and mishappening, and help along the way. But how do you choose a project – and how do you work with it? Meet: Hildur Gudnadottir Iceland/Germany Composer. ​Moderator: Kaisa Rönkkö Finland Executive Director Music Finland.
  • 12:30 – 13:00 – Lunch
  • 13:00 – 13:45 – Working Internationally – Danish Composer Flemming Nordkrog has composed the score for Brazilian ‘Shine Your eyes’ by Matias Mariani. The film will have its world premiere on February 21, 9PM, in the Berlinale Panorama selection. Meet: Flemming Nordkrog Denmark/France Composer – Matias Mariani Brazil/France Director. Moderator: Composer Halfdan E.
  • 14:00 – 14:30 – Agents, Managers & Composers – There was a day that Cinema & TV were the sole platforms for film composers to work and have a career, while today a great number of new audiovisual mediums exists where composers can apply their craft. With these new facts in place, how should composers navigate through the endless production of content in order to build a career for themselves? Meet Tuomas Kantelinen Finland Composer, George Christopoulos Greece Agent. Moderator: Thomas Mikusz Austria/USA Publicist at White bear PR
  • 14:45 – 15:30 – Cross over – Composers Performing – Composers often comes from a career as performing artists. And some of them succeed in running two parallel tracks: one as composer, and one as performer. But can you make sure that the two careers are enriching each other? Meet Davíð Þór Jónsson Iceland Composer and piano player, SØS Gunver Ryberg Denmark Composer, soundartist and performer, Kate Havnevik Norway Composer and singer song writer. ​Moderator: Sigtryggur Baldursson Iceland, Managing Director Iceland Music.
  • 15:45 – 16:30 – Coercion in film music business – Finally Illegal – ​The international panel will look into the phenomenon of coercion in the film industry in light of the new EU law, which has made it illegal, and describe how it affects the stakeholders in the value-chain and the future of film in the EU. Meet Jon Ekstrand Sweden Film composer, Chris Smith Great Britain Media composer, member of former ECSA coercion group, Helga Trüpel Germany Former member of the European Parliament, Kai Robøle Norway Chair of Norwegian Music Publishers Association, Creative Director and Founder Arctic Rights, Christine Hals Norway/USA, Composer performer. Moderator: Alfons Karabuda Sweden Chair of Skap.

MONDAY FEB 24th (19:00 – 20:00h) – AWARD SHOW

  • A celebration of Nordic film and mediamusic, and a celebration of the winner of the ​HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award 2020. With performance by Gyða Valtýsdóttir Iceland, SØS Gunver Ryberg Denmark and Davíð Þór Jónsson Host: Kate Havnevik Norway

MONDAY FEB 24th (20:00 – 22:00h) – AFTER PARTY

  • With Dj Einar Idsøe Eidsvåg, an Oslo based dj, who has been dj-ing for about 19 years, mostly in Norway, but also Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. ​Music has no borders.


All events and activities of the Nordic Film Music Days are open to the public and free of charge with previous sign-up:

  • 23/2 – Showing of the nominated film and scores (sign here)
  • 24/2 – Seminars and lectures (sign here)
  • 24/2 – HARPA Awards (sign here)
  • 24/2 – HARPA Awards After Party (sign here)


You can read more about Nordic Film Music Days here:


Official website:


The event is sponsored/supported by the Nordic Film and TV Foundation.