Denmark 's two leading film festivals, NatFilm and the Copenhagen International Film Festival, are busy in negotiations about merging the two events.

The fifth Copenhagen International Film Festival recently ended, and NatFilm will host its 19th edition in March 2008. After that, the events will merge into one festival, which has not yet been named.

The leadership of that new Copenhagen-based festival is also up for discussion.

Danish politicians had encouraged the move, in order to make better use of resources and make a bigger splash with a single festival.

NatFilm started as a smaller, underground festival showing cult films and forgotten films, selling about 35.000 tickets every year. The Copenhagen International Film Festival has build its profile quickly by showing European films, having an official competition programme and attracting prominent guests. It sells about25,000 tickets per year.

The new festival umbrella will also encompass the NatFilm documentary festival CPH:Dox and the Copenhagen children's film festival Buster.