National Film School of Denmark

The National Film School of Denmark (Danish: Den Danske Filmskole) is an independent institution under the Danish Ministry of Cultural Affairs. It was established in 1966 and is based on Holmen in the harbour of Copenhagen.

National Film School of Denmark
Den Danske Filmskole
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TypePublic university
RectorBo Damgaard
Administrative staff
Students100 (2015)


The National Danish Film School was established in 1966 under the Danish Film Institute with Theodor Christensen and Jens Christian Lauritzen as the driving forces and the latter as the institution's first principal.[1][2] In 1988 the school became an independent institution and in 1998 the school—until then spread out on several addresses—relocated to its current premises on Holmen as part of the Danish Centre for Artistic Educations.[3]


There are seven study programmes available: fiction directing, documentary directing, cinematography, script writing, editing, sound, animation and games directing, and film producing. The number of students is 96: 60 film students, 6 scriptwriters, 18 TV students and 12 animation directors. All courses are 4-year programmes, except the animation and games directing course which lasts 4½ years.[4]

The school is an art school but practical knowledge is also very important. The teaching programme is a mixture of theoretical and practical training and includes a large number of exercises and productions. The students' final project is a film produced on a professional level and presented to the public on national TV. All students must pass an entrance test including both practical exercises and interviews.

Director Poul Nesgaard headed the school between 1992 and 2014, when film editor Vinca Wiedemann [da] took over.[5][6] The number of employees amounts to about 50 persons, including teachers, technical and administrative staff. A large number of guest teachers are temporarily employed. The school also arranges courses for film and TV professionals from abroad and seminars with the participation of other Nordic countries.


Year Keeper
1966–1969 Jens Christian Lauritzen
1969–1975 None, run as a film-commune[7]
1975–1982 Henning Camre
1992–2014 Poul Nesgaard
2014–2019 Vinca Wiedemann [da]
2019–present Bo Damgaard [da]



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Christian Braad Thomsen (2005). Vreden, gudinde, besyng!: tidslinjer 1940–2005 (in Danish). Lindhardt og Ringhof. pp. 105–. ISBN 978-87-595-2489-3.
  2. ^ "Den Danske Filmskole". Gyldendal. Retrieved 2010-04-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Peter Schepelern (2010). Filmleksikon. Gyldendal A/S. pp. 188–. ISBN 978-87-02-04523-9.
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  5. ^ Kristian Lindberg (25 November 2013). "Filmskole-elever i oprør mod rektor".
  6. ^ "Ny rektor på filmskolen: Poul Nesgaard har været utroligt generøs".
  7. ^ Ole John; Danske Filmskole (2006). At lære kunsten: 40 år med filmskolen (in Danish). Lindhardt og Ringhof. pp. 27–. ISBN 978-87-11-30048-0.
  8. ^ "Tidligere elever på Den Danske Filmskole [Former students at the National Film School of Denmark]". Filmskolen (in Danish). February 26, 2018. Archived from the original on February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Frid-Nielsen, N. (2012). Bille August: Et portræt af manden og hans film (in Danish). ArtPeople. p. 1-PA1972. ISBN 978-87-7137-270-0. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Krak, O.H. (2009). Kraks Blaa Bog (in Danish). Krak. p. 283. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Kosmorama. Danske Filmmuseum. 2007. p. 173. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Piil, Morten (2008). Gyldendals danske filmguide (in Danish). Copenhagen, Denmark: Gyldendal. p. 71. ISBN 978-87-02-06669-2. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Hennemann, J.S. (2014). ANTICHRIST – ein Film von Lars von Trier: Untersuchung nach Elementen des Genre- und Autorenfilms (in German). Diplomica Verlag. p. 26. ISBN 978-3-95850-792-0. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  14. ^ Christensen, Claus; Skovly, Boline (February 26, 2018). "Kultfiguren Zelko slår igen". Filmmagasinet Ekko (in Danish). Archived from the original on February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  15. ^ Schepelern, P. (2010). Filmleksikon (in Finnish). Gyldendal. p. 753. ISBN 978-87-02-04523-9. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  16. ^ Kosmorama. Danske Filmmuseum. 2010. p. 148. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  17. ^ Hjort, M.; Bondebjerg, I. (2000). Instruktørens blik: en interviewbog om dansk film (in Danish). Rosinante. p. 245. ISBN 978-87-621-0137-1. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  18. ^ Kosmorama. Danske Filmmuseum. 2010. p. 136. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  19. ^ Ellis, D.A. (2012). Conversations with Cinematographers. Scarecrow Press, Incorporated. p. 189. ISBN 978-0-8108-8126-6. Retrieved February 26, 2018.

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Coordinates: 55°40′52″N 12°36′20″E / 55.68111°N 12.60556°E / 55.68111; 12.60556