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CPHPIX Sort logo hvid baggrund1.jpg
Cph pix opening gala 2017.jpg
LocationCopenhagen, Denmark
Founded2009; 10 years ago (2009)
AwardsNew Talent Grand PIX, Politiken Talent Award, PIX Audience Award, BUSTER's Best Children Film

CPH PIX is an annual, international feature film festival in Copenhagen focusing on emerging talents and artistic courage.

CPH PIX is the result of the merging of the Copenhagen International Film Festival and the NatFilm Festival in 2008, which created the organisation Copenhagen Film Festivals. Copenhagen Film Festivals also manages the documentary festival CPH:DOX. The festival was founded by Jacob Neiiendam who administered the festival until the end of its 10th edition in 2018.[1]

The first edition of CPH PIX was held in April 2009 with 36,500 audiences - the largest crowd ever recorded for a film festival in Copenhagen at the time. Since its first edition the festival has grown in size to total of 78,000 audiences in 2017.[2] In 2016 the festival merged with BUSTER Film Festival for Children and Youth becoming one large festival featuring a variety of films for all ages.

At the same time, the festival period moved from April to September/October.

The festival lasts for two weeks and takes place in the Danish Capital of Copenhagen. The 14 day programme is packed with 200 films from around the world as well as 700 film related events and activities. CPH PIX is recognised for its focus on new talents, supporting talent development and presenting unreleased quality films from a wide spectrum of countries and cultures, as well as curating a small section of exclusive, immersive film events. As part of the main programme, CPH PIX also presents retrospective sections with highly acclaimed filmmakers such as William Friedkin, Andrzej Zulawski, Terence Davies, Bertrand Bonello, and Neil Young often in collaboration with the Danish Cinematheque.

The festival hosts seminars, educational workshops, artist talks, theatrical performances and film related concerts. Leos Carax, William Friedkin, and James Schamus are among film makers who have attended masterclasses on the festival. Throughout the years well known artists such as John Carpenter, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream and Jóhann Jóhannsson have performed as part of the festival.

Next edition of CPH PIX will be held from September 27th to October 10th, 2018.[3]

The year 2018 marked the 10th edition of CPH PIX.

Festival programme[edit]

The following are recurring film sections in the programme curated by the festival's programmers.[4]

  • New Talent Grand PIX: The main competition
  • PIX Audience Award: Selected films competing for the audience's votes. Only film which are not already bought for Danish theatrical release are selected for this section.
  • Thrills & Kills: A section dedicated to new horror and thriller films.
  • Masters of Cinema: comprises new films made by highly acclaimed film makers with a great impact on cinema.
  • Made Indie USA: comprises new indie films from the United States
  • BUSTER: Section dedicated to new children's films. The section is divided into a school programme aimed at Danish schools to incorporate in their educational curriculum and a family programme only screening in the two weekends of the festival.
  • New World Views: comprises highlights from the international film festivals that challenges the world view of the audience.
  • Untamed: A section dedicated to films with a unique, unconventional, or free artistic expression.


The festival currently awards four different prizes;[5]

  • New Talent Grand PIX is the main award and includes a cash prize of 6,000 euros. The winner is selected by an international jury of industry professionals, and the award is given to a first-time filmmaker.
  • BUSTER's Best Children’s Film along with 2,000 euro is awarded by a special children's jury. This award has been handed out since 2016 as part of BUSTER - the festival's programme for kids, schools and families.
  • Politiken Talent Award is selected to a debuting director of a Danish feature film in cooporation with Politiken.
  • PIX Audience Award in which the audiences vote for their favourite between nominated films. The winner is granted 3,000 euro.

The previous winners of these awards are:


Award Director Film
New Talent Grand PIX Peter Strickland (RU/UK) Katalin Varga
Politiken Audience Award Philippe Falardeau (CA) It's Not Me, I Swear! (C'est pas moi, je le jure!)


Award Director Film
New Talent Grand PIX Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (BE) Amer
Politiken Audience Award Scandar Copti (PS), Yaron Shani (IL) Ajami


Award Director Film
New Talent Grand PIX Alistair Banks Griffin (US) Two Gates of Sleep
Politiken Audience Award Saverio Costanzo (IT) La solitudine dei numeri primi


Award Director Film
New Talent Grand PIX Kleber Mendonça Filho (BR) Neighbouring Sounds
Politiken Audience Award Philippe Falardeau (CA) Monsieur Lazhar


Award Director Film
New Talent Grand PIX Ramon Zürcher (CH) The Strange Little Cat
Politiken Audience Award Felix van Groeningen (NL) The Broken Circle Breakdown


Award Director Film
New Talent Grand PIX Eskil Vogt (N) Blind
Politiken Audience Award Benedikt Erlingsson (IS) Of Horses and Men


Award Director Film
New Talent Grand PIX Thomas Daneskov (DK) The Elite
Politiken Audience Award Dagur Kári (IS) Virgin Mountain


Award Director Film
New Talent Grand PIX Ralitza Petrova (BG) Godless
Nordisk Film Fonden's Best Children’s Film Alexandra-Therese Keining (SE) Girls Lost
Politiken Audience Award Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (IS) Heartstone
Politiken Fonden's Best Short Film For Children Amalie Næsby (DK) Ztripes


Award Director Film
New Talent Grand PIX Hlynur Pálmason (IS) Winter Brothers
Politiken Audience Award Philippe van Leeuw (B) In Syria
BUSTER's Best Children's Film Izer Aliu (N) Hunting Flies


Award Director Film
New Talent Grand PIX Tuva Novotny (SE) Blind Spot
Politiken Talent Award Isabella Eklöf (SE) Holiday
BUSTER's Best Children's Film Anders Walter (DK) I Kill Giants
PIX Audience Award Boots Riley (US) Sorry To Bother You



  1. ^ https://www.screendaily.com/news/jacob-neiindam-stepping-down-from-cph-pix-after-10th-edition-exclusive/5132271.article
  2. ^ "Stor succes for CPH PIX 2017". CPH PIX (in Danish). Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  3. ^ "CPH PIX 2018". CPH PIX. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  4. ^ "Serier". www.cphpix.dk. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  5. ^ "CPH PIX – Awards 2018". www.cphpix.com. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  6. ^ "CPH PIX 2016: CPH PIX announces this year's winners". CPH PIX. Retrieved 2017-04-11.

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