To be nominated for the award, it costs between 1500 and 5000 kr to submit a motion picture for the Robert Prize, while documentaries costs 2500 kr., documentary short films cost 1500 kr., TV series are 7000 kr. and a short TV series is 5000 kr.
Director Christian Braad Thomsen says: “Artistic assessments are not something you should be able to buy – it must be something that your work justifies or does not justify.”
“For me it is not only a symbolic amount. Some producers have enough money, but those of us who do not get support, don’t have a penny. Even if we had the money, I think the principle is strange. This means that it is the rich producers who are able to get a Robert.’
The Danish Film Academy, which organises the Robert Prize, has lowered fees this year to address concerns, but director Christian Bengtson, says: “It’s hard enough just to afford to make a movie, and even a few thousand can be expensive if you live on a short film budget.”