The Icelandic Minister of Culture and Education, Katherine Jakobsdóttir, who doubles as the Minister for Nordic Co-operation, is presenting the latest globalisation initiatives by the Nordic culture ministers at the International Film Festival in Toronto. On 11 September, she is an event at which she will talk about "The Nordic Region in the World" – the culture ministers' action plan until 2012, which is designed to improve the promotion of Nordic culture.
Sep 11, 2009
The Icelandic minister will also represent the Council of Ministers at the Nordic Film & TV Fund's presentation of High Five Toronto, a new funding mechanism for international film distributors who buy Nordic films at the Toronto festival. High Five is designed to improve the marketing of high quality Nordic films.
On Friday September 11, Jakonsdóttir is presenting the culture ministers' new three-stage initiative to representatives of Canadian culture, politics and the creative industries.
The globalisation initiative stretches until 2012 and focuses on three major international events: the film festival in Toronto where €200,000 have been earmarked to fund the distribution of Nordic films; the Shanghai EXPO, where Nordic design and landscape architecture will be the theme, and a Nordic promotion at the international book fair in Paris in 2011.
KreaNord, which helps fund Nordic computer games, is also a part of the cultural globalisation initiative.
Thirteen top quality Nordic films are being screened in Toronto and the Icelandic minister will be present at the premieres of the two Icelandic films, The Good Heart by Dagur Kári and Sunshine Boy by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson.
The Nordic Film and TV Fund