FINNISH FILM AFFAIR presents: Nordic Flair – a workshop focusing on career development for actors 

A new sidebar event to HIFF’s industry event, the Finnish Film Affair, was launched in 2017, called Nordic Flair. Nordic Flair welcomes Nordic actors to come and meet industry experts and discuss topics related to their career development. The event takes place in Helsinki in Sept 26-27.

The program includes a simulated audition with some of Scandinavia’s and Europe’s top casting directors, panel discussion, one-on-one meetings and networking events. Attendees will learn from and get to meet top industry professionals in a laid back yet professional setting. Experts include casting directors, managers, agents, producers and development executives from Nordic countries, Europe and North America.

Confirmed international Casting Directors:


Debbie McWIlliams (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Skyfall, Casino Royale)

Debbie McWilliams has been casting feature films since 1980. Her first film was Superman 2, followed by For You Eyes Only – the first of 14 James Bond films she has cast. Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and The Rhythm Section are her most recent credits. She has worked with Derek Jarman, Martin Campbell, Sam Mendes and many more. She is an active member of Casting Society of America, Casting Guild UK, International Casting Directors Network, BAFTA and the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. She has served on the jury of the Tokyo Film Festival.


Tusse Lande (The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Millennium trilogy, Skyfall)

Tusse Lande (Sweden), ICDN has over 30 years’ experience as a Casting Director in film and television. She was instrumental in the casting of Noomi Rapace in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Niels Arden Oplev) as well as casting the additional films in the series – The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. She is a veteran of the European film market, bringing key knowledge and experience to projects such as Conspiracy of Silence, GreyZone, Skyfall, Baby-Call, Jordskott, Maria Wern and Wallander.


Jeanette Klintberg (Becoming Astrid, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Bridge)

Jeanette Klintberg, Swedish Casting Director based in Stockholm. Guldbagge Awards for Snabba Cash (Easy Money) 2010 and the Angela Awards for casting at SUBTITLE European Film Festival 2012.


Catrin Wideryd (Ted – Show Me Love, Jordskott, My Skinny Sister)

Catrin Wideryd has been working with casting since 2000. She has an education from Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in London in the early 90’s and she started out as casting assistant at Sveriges Television (SVT).


Cornelia von Braun (The Pillars of the Earth, City of War, The Story of John Rabe)

From 1982 to 2003 Cornelia von Braun was employed at KirchMedia where she was asked, to organise the new department of casting. For the international co-productions of KirchMedia, she casted the German or foreign roles. Among others she worked for the following film- and TV productions: Napoleon, Dune, Martha and I, the Bible. Since 2003 she has worked as a freelance casting director for international projects as well.


Ellen Sofie Michelsen (Norsemen, Lilyhammer, Beforeigners)

Since 1999, Ellen S. Michelsen has been working as a Casting Director, for Film and Television. Based in Oslo, she has mainly done Norwegian prod., but also International co-prod. She has degree in Italian, Literature and Pol. Science.


Alex Johnson (The Corrupted, Swimming With Men, Goodbye Christopher Robin)

Alex Johnson is based in London and started her casting career as an assistant to Celestia Fox. During that time she worked with directors such as Terrence Malick, Roman Polanski, Richard Eyre and Istvan Szabo. Since becoming a Casting Director she has worked on both films and TV – several of them European co-productions.


Anders Nygaard (The Bridge, Klown, Walk With Me)

Copenhagen based Casting Director and owner of Casteriet, started his casting career 23 years ago. He works primarily with featured films and Tv-series, both nationally and internationally. Some of his work is The Bridge, Klown, and the upcoming Denmark.


Lissy Holm (Unlocked, Fallen, The Ones Below)

Lissy has collaborated with colleague Leo Davis for over twenty-five years on a wide range of British and International independent films. Their long working relationship with director Stephen Frears includes, most recently, Philomena, Florence Foster Jenkins, Victoria & Abdul and the acclaimed BBC series A Very English Scandal. Lissy has received Primetime Emmy nominations for her work on the History Channel’s Roots and for HULU’s The Looming Tower.


Leo Davis (Girl with a Pearl Earring, Les Miserables, Antichrist)

Leo Davis has worked in casting since 1980 starting her long career as assistant on Gandhi. She has worked on a wide range of British and International films. Her working relationship with director Stephen Frears spans over two decades and incorporates the films, such as The Queen, Dirty Pretty Things, The Deal and The Snapper.


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