The Birth

At Film Maker we tell stories. This is the story of how Film Maker was conceived.

When I graduated as a producer from The National Film School of Denmark in 2009 my wide-eyed childhood dream was to work as a producer at a well-established production company. I believed that in a place like that, amongst experienced and talented peers, I would be able to flourish in a stable environment. However, that is not how things played out.

The financial recession hit Denmark in mid 2008; and it was a hard hit. As a result, the Danish film industry announced a hiring freeze for producers. The production companies primarily believed that it was too risky and expensive to invest in inexperienced filmmakers. Instead, the focus became preserving and cultivating the established industry. For the most part, however, my ambitions and I were offered solace, a desk and an Internet connection – If all the rights to any future films belonged to my employer.

It takes no genius to figure out that it is bad business not to own the rights to your own films; especially after working without pay and being faced with the risks of the development process.

It was at this point, exactly then, that the idea developed within me. Independence. My own production company. It seemed like a no-brainer that all the time and effort I was investing in the film projects should belong to me, not a third party. Now all I needed was a great project to get the company started with.

My graduation from The National Film School of Denmark in 2009 was just around the corner. The wait was spent on developing new projects with the directors I had collaborated with during my time at the school.

Later that year, I won the Nordic Film & TV Fund’s Nordic Talent Award with director May el-Toukhy. This award came with a prize of 250,000 Norwegian kroner, which jumpstarted our feature film, CAIRO. From there, it took off. The fall was spent on further developing CAIRO, as well as other, new projects. Along with this, I familiarized myself with company types, tax calculations and legal rights, so that I could apply for funds from The Danish Film Institute.

Nine months later, in March of 2010, Film Maker was born.