Urban, ethnic, provincial: Anticipations of audience preferences in Danish film funding and production | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2042-7891
  • E-ISSN: 2042-7905



This article explores how professional and public stakeholders in the development of film projects negotiate economic and symbolic risk related to representation of minorities and geographical peripheries in Denmark, and situates these negotiations within the Danish public sphere and the contemporary subsidy and production system. The main argument is, on the one hand, that the national cinema potentially works as an arena for social inclusion; on the other, that anxiety related to economic and symbolic risk, which promotes industry myths and postulates about target groups, puts constraints on expressions. The identified reluctance to risk-taking is not only relevant to the question of sociocultural representation behind and in front of the camera, but also to the question of the state’s ability to create a space for creative autonomy.


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