This chapter examines the factors that have allowed Danish film professionals to produce a leading small national cinema over the past few decades. Cultural policy and artistic leadership are seen as having played an especially important role. Initiatives (such as New Danish Screen and the 50/50 scheme) introduced by the Danish Film Institute under the leadership of Henning Camre are shown to have created the conditions for a vibrant film sector. These initiatives worked in synergy with the artistic projects that filmmaker Lars von Trier mounted as complements to official film policy developments. Especially significant in this regard is Von Trier's commitment to a “gift culture” approach, one involving collaboration and gifts of skill and reputation.
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