The Danish Film Institute has hired three new film commissioners in charge of development and production support.

Dola Bonfils and Morten Hartkorn, who both have a background in documentary filmmaking, will be handling short- and documentary films, while Nikolaj Scherfig joins the recently appointed Lene Hansson in the feature film department.

Nikolaj Scherfig, who replaces Morten Grunwald on Nov 1, graduated as a screenwriter from the National Film School in 1995 and has since been a teacher at the school as well as writer of films like The Lost Spring (1993), Eye Of The Eagle (1997) and Fast Lane (1999).

The two feature consultants or commissioners play a key role in the Danish film industry where all but a few no-budget films are made with support from the Danish Film Institute. They work with a budget of $9m a year.