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Johannes Nyholm

    Writer, film director, producer, artist and animator Johannes Nyholm (b. 1974) is regarded as one of the most original and intriguing filmmakers of his generation in Scandinavia.

    Nyholm first gained recognition for his animated film series The Tale of Little Puppetboy (2008), which has been widely shown at festivals and galleries around the world, most notably at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2009. The following year saw the premiere of Nyholm’s shadow puppetry short-film, Dreams from the Woods (2009), also at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. In 2011, Nyholm’s short film, Las Palmas, gained worldwide fame with its trailer, which to date has gotten more than 20 million views on YouTube. It won a flurry of awards and became Nyholm’s third entry for the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and was selected for Sundance 2012.

    In 2016, Nyholm made his highly anticipated feature film debut with The Giant, a fantastical and wondrous drama that had the highest review index of all Swedish films released in 2016. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and went on to play at San Sebastian along with a slew of other international festivals. It won three Guldbagge Awards as well as prizes at the San Sebastian, Rotterdam and Warsaw film festivals.

    Koko-di Koko-da, Nyholm’s eagerly awaited new feature film, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Festival and was nominated for the prestigious Dragon Award Best Nordic Film at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

    Awards

    Sundance Film Festival Nominee, Rotterdam International Film Festival Nominee, Gothenburg Film Festival Nominee, Annonay International Festival of First Films, Guldbagge Award, Guldbagge Award, Guldbagge Awards Nominee, Bergamo Film Meeting, GardenCity International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival Nominee, Warsaw International Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival Nominee, CPH PIX Nominee, London Film Festival Nominee, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Selected for Sundance, Nashville Film Festival , Guldbagge Award, Favourites Film Festival Berlin, Sapporo Short Film Festival, Sapporo Short Film Festival, Sapporo Short Film Festival, Minimalen Short Film Festival, Vienna Independent Shorts, Flickerfest Short Film Festival, Ravenna Cinesogni, Sao Paulo Short Film Festival, Tampere International Short Film Festival, Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, Gothenburg Film Festival, Gothenburg Film Festival, Hamburg Short Film Festival, Milano Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival, Winterthur Short Film Festival, Gothenburg Film Festival, Animafest Zagreb, Cartoon d'Or Nominee, Durango Independent Film Festival, Animage International Animation Festival, Naoussa International Film Festival, Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, Guldbagge Awards Nominee, Janela Internacional de Cinema, Anilogue International Animation Festival, FreeNetWorld International Film Festival, Animanima International Animation Festival, Tampere International Short Film Festival, Holland Animation Film Festival, Holland Animation Film Festival, Premiers Plans Film Festival, Swedish Television's New Filmmaker of the Year Award, Guldbagge Awards Nominee, Tampere International Short Film Festival, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Hamburg International Short Film Festiva, Short Film Festival Winterthur, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Janela Internacional de Cinema, Gothenburg Film Festival, Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, Sao Paulo Short Film Festival, Janela Internacional de Cinema, Bilbao Film Festival, Nordic Panorama, Eksjö Animation Festival, Fredrikstad Animation Festival, ZTV Hit Music Award See full list
    Sundance Film Festival Nominee (Grand Jury Prize) US – Koko-di Koko-da 2019
    Rotterdam International Film Festival Nominee (Tiger Award) Netherlands – Koko-di Koko-da 2019
    Gothenburg Film Festival Nominee (Dragon Award Best Nordic Film) Sweden – Koko-di Koko-da 2019
    Annonay International Festival of First Films (Special Prize of the Jury) France – Jätten 2018
    Guldbagge Award (Best Film) Sweden – Jätten 2017
    Guldbagge Award (Best Screenplay) Sweden – Jätten 2017
    Guldbagge Awards Nominee (Best Editing) Sweden – Jätten 2017
    Bergamo Film Meeting (Silver Rosa Camuna) Italy – Jätten 2017
    GardenCity International Film Festival (Best Feature Film) India – Jätten 2017
    Rotterdam International Film Festival Nominee (MovieZone Award) Holland – Jätten 2017
    Warsaw International Film Festival (Free Spirit Award) Poland – Jätten 2016
    San Sebastián International Film Festival (Special Prize of the Jury) Spain – Jätten 2016
    Reykjavik International Film Festival (Special Mention) Island – Jätten 2016
    San Sebastián International Film Festival Nominee (Best Film) Spain – Jätten 2016
    CPH PIX Nominee (Politiken's Audience Award) Denmark – Jätten 2016
    London Film Festival Nominee (Sutherland Award) UK – Jätten 2016
    Rotterdam International Film Festival (Eurimages Award) Netherlands – Jätten 2013
    Selected for Sundance US – Las Palmas 2012
    Nashville Film Festival (Honourable Mention) US – Las Palmas 2012
    Guldbagge Award (Best Short Film) Sweden – Las Palmas 2012
    Favourites Film Festival Berlin (Audience Award) Germany – Las Palmas 2012
    Sapporo Short Film Festival (Audience Award) Japan – Las Palmas 2012
    Sapporo Short Film Festival (Best editing) Japan – Las Palmas 2012
    Sapporo Short Film Festival (Filmmaker Grand Prix) Japan 2012
    Minimalen Short Film Festival (Best Art / Animation) Norway – Las Palmas 2012
    Vienna Independent Shorts (Prix Très Chic) Austria – Las Palmas 2012
    Flickerfest Short Film Festival (Best Use of Digital Technology) Australia – Las Palmas 2012
    Ravenna Cinesogni (Audience Award) Italy – Las Palmas 2012
    Sao Paulo Short Film Festival (Audience Award) Brazil – Las Palmas 2012
    Tampere International Short Film Festival (Audience Award) Finland – Las Palmas 2012
    Directors' Fortnight in Cannes France – Las Palmas 2011
    Gothenburg Film Festival (Startsladden - Short Film Award) Sweden – Las Palmas 2011
    Gothenburg Film Festival (Audience Award) Sweden – Las Palmas 2011
    Hamburg Short Film Festival (Audience Award ) Germany – Las Palmas 2011
    Milano Film Festival (Special Mention) Italy – Las Palmas 2011
    Encounters Film Festival (Audience Award) UK – Las Palmas 2011
    Winterthur Short Film Festival (Audience Award) Switzerland – Las Palmas 2011
    Gothenburg Film Festival (Golden Dragon ) Sweden 2010
    Animafest Zagreb (Special Award) Croatia – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2010
    Cartoon d'Or Nominee – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2010
    Durango Independent Film Festival (Jury Award for Best Animation) US – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2010
    Animage International Animation Festival (Best Sound Design) Brazil – Drömmar från skogen 2010
    Naoussa International Film Festival (Special Mention) Greece – Drömmar från skogen 2010
    Directors' Fortnight in Cannes France – Drömmar från skogen 2009
    Guldbagge Awards Nominee (Best Short Film) Sweden – Drömmar från skogen 2009
    Janela Internacional de Cinema (Sound Award) Brazil – Drömmar från skogen 2009
    Anilogue International Animation Festival (Special Prize of the Jury) Hungary – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2009
    FreeNetWorld International Film Festival (Most Technichally Innovative Film) Serbia – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2009
    Animanima International Animation Festival (Best Screenplay) Serbia – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2009
    Tampere International Short Film Festival (Lab10 section Main Award) Finland – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2009
    Holland Animation Film Festival (Main Award) Holland – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2009
    Holland Animation Film Festival (Movie Squad Award) Holland – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2009
    Premiers Plans Film Festival (Audience Award) France – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2009
    Swedish Television's New Filmmaker of the Year Award Sweden – Dockpojken 2009
    Guldbagge Awards Nominee (Best Short Film) Sweden – Dockpojken 2009
    Tampere International Short Film Festival (Lab10 section Audience Award) Finland – Dockpojken 2009
    Hamburg International Short Film Festival (International Competition Jury Award) Germany – Dockpojken 2008
    Hamburg International Short Film Festiva (International Competition Audience Award) Germany – Dockpojken 2008
    Short Film Festival Winterthur (Main Jury Award) Switzerland – Dockpojken 2008
    Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Audience Award) Sweden – Dockpojken 2008
    Janela Internacional de Cinema (Young Critics Award) Brazil – Dockpojken 2008
    Gothenburg Film Festival (Honorable Mention) Sweden – Dockpojken 2008
    Directors' Fortnight in Cannes France – Dockpojken 2008
    Sao Paulo Short Film Festival (Audience Award) Brazil – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2008
    Janela Internacional de Cinema (Young Critic's Award) Brazil – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2008
    Bilbao Film Festival (Silver Mikeldi) Spain – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2008
    Nordic Panorama (Honorable Mention) Sweden – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2008
    Eksjö Animation Festival (Eksjö Grand Prix) Sweden – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2008
    Fredrikstad Animation Festival (Honorable Mention) Norway – Sagan om den lille Dockpojken 2008
    ZTV Hit Music Award (Best Swedish Music Video ) Sweden 2003
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    ‘Koko-di Koko-da’ nominated for the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film

    With the prize money amounting to one million SEK, the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film is one of the world’s biggest film prizes, and Johannes Nyholm’s Koko-di Koko-da is one of the ten films nominated for the award. Koko-di Koko-da, which will have its world premiere at the Sundance Festival, is about a couple who goes on a trip to reconnect, but end up encountering a sideshow artist and his shady entourage, who terrorize the couple and lure them into a maelstrom of psychological terror and humiliating slapstick.

    Koko-di Koko-da is also competing at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, in their most prestigious section ‘Tiger Competition’.

    Johannes Nyholm’s ‘Koko-di Koko-da’ to premiere at Sundance

    Johannes Nyholm’s anticipated feature film Koko-di Koko-da will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and take part in its World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Nyholm attended the festival for the first time in 2012, then with his short film Las Palmas (the trailer of which has over 20 million views on YouTube).

    Koko-di Koko-da follows a couple who, after a family tragedy, goes on a vacation in order to reconnect. They are confronted by their inner demons in the form of a surreal circus company that pulls them into a maelstrom of psychological terror.

    Koko-di Koko-da is produced by Johannes Nyholm and co-produced by Maria Møller Christofferson, Beofilm in Denmark.

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    The inimitable Johannes Nyholm joins Salomonsson Agency

    We are thrilled to announce that Johannes Nyholm has signed with Salomonsson Agency!

    Film director, producer, artist, writer and animator Johannes Nyholm is regarded as one of the most original and intriguing filmmakers of his generation in Scandinavia. His incredibly successful short films, three of which have been selected for Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, have been awarded with innumerable prizes at film festivals around the world. In 2016, Nyholm made his highly anticipated feature debut with the critically acclaimed The Giant. The fantastical and wondrous drama won three Guldbagge Awards as well as prizes at the San Sebastian, Rotterdam and Warsaw film festivals.

    We will shortly reveal the next addition to our select list of top directors. Stay tuned!