Press release, 30.06.22
CPH PIX 2021 became the last and final edition in the festival's history. Due to increased competition and lack of new funding, Copenhagen Film Festivals has decided to shut down the festival.
Erik Stephensen, Chairman of the Board of the Copenhagen Film Festivals, said:
"We do not have the financial capacity to run three ambitious, international film festivals. That’s why we are now choosing to concentrate our efforts on strengthening CPH:DOX, which has established itself as a world-class documentary film festival, and to further develop BUSTER Film Festival for children and youth, which has an important role to play in educating the young film audiences. In the future media landscape, it will be more important than ever to offer children and young people film experiences of the highest quality that can help them become critical and engaged citizens."
The financial situation for CPH PIX has been difficult for a number of years, and it has not been possible to attract sufficient new funding for the festival in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
"In recent years, the big battle for film audiences has intensified. The international and national streaming services provide Danish film audiences access to a vast selection of film titles at all times of the day. Our local audiences can watch not only American blockbusters, but also films appealing to a narrow audience, strange and unexpected films from all over the world. We have been working on rethinking the format of CPH PIX for a long time, but unfortunately it has not been possible to raise the necessary funding to create an ambitious and sustainable festival," said Erik Stephensen, Chairman of the Board of the Copenhagen Film Festivals.
With the closure of CPH PIX, Erik Stephensen underlines that fiction films in the future will be prioritised as an integral part of BUSTER Film Festival, which aims to become one of the most important film festivals in Europe for children and young people. At the same time, the ambitious work to further develop CPH:DOX, which has become one of the world's leading documentary film festivals, will continue.
Katrine Kiilgaard, Managing Director of Copenhagen Film Festivals, said:
"We have a strong organisation with a very dedicated and talented staff who live and breathe running film festivals. CPH PIX has a special place in our hearts, so it will be very sad to say goodbye to the festival. Unfortunately, we are in a situation without good alternatives. Closing the festival is the only right decision in a current situation with insufficient funds to run three ambitious festivals. In the future, we will use all our good energy to strengthen and further develop CPH:DOX and BUSTER Film Festival - two festivals that have huge potential both nationally and internationally."
Facts about CPH PIX
CPH PIX was formed in 2008 by Jacob Neiiendam (festival director of CPH PIX from 2008-2018) after the merger of Copenhagen International Film Festival and NatFilm Festival. CPH PIX has been run by the organisation Copenhagen Film Festivals, which is also responsible for running CPH:DOX and BUSTER Film Festival. In 2019, CPH PIX - under the leadership of former CEO Tine Fischer - was relaunched with a weekend programme of 20 films. In 2020, the festival was cancelled due to Corona, before returning in 2021 in a compact format with 40 films screened over 5 days.
For more information:
Sune Blicher, Head of Communications, Copenhagen Film Festivals, firstname.lastname@example.org, +45 3122 2661