Editor turned scriptwriter turned film commissioner, Vinca Wiedemann, has been appointed artistic director of the new $3.9m Talent Development Fund at the Danish Film Institute (DFI).

The new fund has been established by public broadcasters DR, TV2/Danmark and the Film Institute as part of the four-year media agreement. Its starts operating from Sep1, and will have an annual budget of $3.9m, which is earmarked for the support of young and upcoming filmmakers.

Since 1999, Wiedemann has been film commissioner at the DFI, where she was in charge of support for feature films and including recent hits like Dogville, Reconstruction, The Inheritance and Open Hearts.

"There're a great number of talents among the new generation of filmmakers," says Vinca Wiedemann. "They come from both the National Film School and the creative film industry, and they are boiling over with energy, eager to demonstrate how innovative and visionary Danish fiction is. The fund is supposed to back and develop the best of all this, but also provide a breather for the established filmmakers, who have ambitions of experimenting with new expressions."

The board of the new Talent Development Fund consists of DR's head of drama Ingolf Gabold and TV2/Denmark's head of drama Adam Price as well as the Film Institute's head of development Marianne Moritzen and managing director Henning Camre.