The Danish Film Institute (DFI) has appointed Claus Ladegaard as its new CEO.

Claus ladegaard

Source: Danish Film Institute

Claus Ladegaard

He replaces Henrik Bo Nielsen, who stepped down in the summer after occupying the role for 10 years.

Ladegaard has been with the institute since 2006, initially as head of production and development. Since 2015 he has been in the role of head of film funding.

During his time in his current position, the DFI says he has overhauled the organisation’s funding system.

Recent projects backed by the DFI include Borg Vs McEnroe, which opened this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and Nicolas Winding Refn features The Neon Demon and Only God Forgives.

Anders Kronborg, chairperson of the Danish Film Institute, commented on the appointment: “[Ladegaard] has clear visions for the development of Danish cinema, and his experience with the funding system and the film industry is crucial in the ongoing digital transition.”

Claus Ladegaard said: “The Film Institute is a major cultural institution, and it is a tremendous vote of confidence to be given the opportunity to lead the organisation and the forward-looking and ambitious public film policy that the institute is charged with overseeing.

“Doing so in collaboration with skilled co-workers and a world-class film industry fills me with joy and a great deal of humility. Danish cinema occupies a central position, both nationally and internationally, and continuing that development is a challenge, but it is a task I am approaching with great pleasure and supreme confidence in Danish cinema.”