In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Nordic-Baltic Film Cooperation Jan Erik Holst, editor of Stork Flying over Pinewood (Kom Forlag, 2014), presents a spectrum of historical and cultural aspects on this significant film collaboration.
Stork Flying over Pinewood – Book Talk with Jan Erik HolstFrom the beginning of the Singing Baltic Revolution in August 1989 through present day, the Nordic Film Institutes – through their umbrella organization Scandinavian Films – have developed a film cooperation between the five Nordic and three Baltic countries.
Festivals, film weeks, and co-productions saw the light of day in the early and mid-90s, often thanks to, and with the help of the Information Offices run by the Nordic Council of Ministers (NMR). With a strong interest in the Nordic culture of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania partly rooted in their first period of independence for these nations between 1918 and 1940, seminars and symposiums were organized in order to connect Nordic and Baltic film production and to develop film policy and regulations with the frame of trade cooperation across the Baltic Sea.
About Jan Erik Holst
Jan Erik Holst is a Norwegian author and former Executive Editor of the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) (1988-2014), also known as the “Ambassador of Norwegian Cinema Abroad.
After serving as Chairman and Manager of the Federation of Norwegian Film Clubs, Holst became programmer at the Bærum Municipal Cinemas and head of the State Center of Film Studies before he joined the Norwegian Film Institute as C.E.O in 1988. After NFI’s restructuring, he became Head of the Film Department and later the International Department.
Holst has represented Norwegian cinema at all major festivals worldwide and organized film weeks and film exhibitions where he has participated as a speaker and lecturer. Former Chairman of the Amanda Committee and Scandinavian Films, he has also written several books including a book about 100 years of Norwegian cinema.