Radio Cinema Festival aims to celebrate independent audio producers with new award

Copenhagen Radio Cinema Festival will this year present an award to an independent radio producer for the first time ever. Director Christine Runøe thinks independent producers are overlooked in the media today.

The Nordic Indie Radio Award will honor the best storytelling audio production made by an independent Nordic producer.  Photo: Lucy Samson

The Nordic Indie Radio Award will honor the best storytelling audio production made by an independent Nordic producer. Photo: Lucy Samson

By Lucy Samson and Rasmus Jungersen

Later this month Copenhagen will host its second ever Radio Cinema Festival. The non-profit organisation, Radio Cinema Copenhagen who organise the festival is proud that this year they will be presenting an award which recognises independent radio producers.

Director of Radio Cinema Copenhagen Christine Runøe believes independent producers are often overlooked by larger media organisations, like DR and Radio24syv who are instead busy ‘congratulating each other’.

Last year Denmark’s Official Radio Prizes, Prix Radio, awarded 14 out of 17 prizes to either DR or Radio24syv.

Runøe continues: “A thing that’s overlooked is that the stories that are submitted to Prix Radio by DR for instance are actually made by freelancers. But their prizes end up at DR’s offices and Radio24syv’s offices instead of with the person who actually did the piece.”

DR and Radio24syv are both organisers of Prix Radio.

Copenhagen Radio Cinema Festival will award the Sound of the North — The Nordic Indie Radio Award prize of 10.000 kr. and a hand-crafted statuette to the winner of their choosing.