Join the the opening night of the 2015 FOKUS video art festival with the by now traditional awarding of prizes for this year’s OPEN CALL competition.

The festival jury will present the 10 nominated works and reveal the three final winners of the competition.


265 video works from no less than 33 different countries have been submitted for this year’s OPEN CALL.

This is the highest number since Nikolaj Kunsthal in 2011 first invited new and established names to contribute to the open call competition of the FOKUS video art festival. By the same token, this marks an increase in participating countries from the 21 in 2014 to this year’s 33.

“We have received works from Sweden to Sudan and from Turkey to Taiwan, while the number of Danish participants has doubled compared to 2014. It’s a great pleasure for us to note that the FOKUS OPEN CALL keeps growing each year, and it’s a testimony to the fact that the FOKUS video art festival has made a name for itself as a significant platform for video art both in a Danish and an international context”, says Andreas Brøgger, acting art centre head at Nikolaj Kunsthal.

Prior to the festival opening, a cross-disciplinary jury will now evaluate the videos submitted and nominate 10 for the final award.


Film director Christina Rosendahl
Christina Rosendahl is a film director and the chairwoman of the Association of Danish Film Directors. Educated from the film group “Super 16”, she has directed the feature films Supervoksen and Idealisten, a number of documentaries including Stjernekigger and Magten over Kærligheden as well as short features for children and young people.

Video artists Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen
Hanne Nielsen and Birgit Johnsen have been working together for 20 years and belong to the pioneers within Danish video installation art. They are represented at the permanent collection of Statens Museum for Kunst, (the National Gallery of Denmark), ARoS Aarhus Art Museum and the Kunstmuseum Bonn.

Visual anthropologist Jakob Høgel
Jakob Høgel is a visual anthropologist and former artistic head of New Danish Screen that supports new talents and experiments within documentary, fiction and transmedia. He was the founder and co-owner of the production company Cosmo Doc and has worked with the developing of a film industry and film politics in Bhutan, Columbia and the Middle East.

The jury further comprises Johanne Løgstrup and Andreas Brøgger, curator and acting art centre head respectively at Nikolaj Kunsthal. 

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Thursday 5. February 18:00