Profile Pictures is a Copenhagen-based award-winning production company established in 2011.

Our mission is to create visionary works with high impact.

We believe in rocking the boat, either in terms of genre or storytelling, while still keeping a firm eye on the audience, whether on a national or international level. We want to do so with the highest caliber of creative talent.

Profile Pictures is a dynamic and flexible unit with a selective slate of features and series. As producers we believe in working close to the talent and the content, and never give up until the best possible work is reached.

We have the experience in producing and co-producing award-winning features and series both on a Nordic and international level.

The company is led by producers Jacob Jarek and Ditte Milsted. Our office is situated downtown in Copenhagen.


Ditte Milsted

Producer, partner & CEO

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Jacob Jarek

Producer, partner & CEO

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Marta Mleczek


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Simone Lund-Jensen


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Emma Poppe

Associate producer

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Mette Hyllested


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Vibe Rask-Heuck

Producer assistant

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Maria Sandrini


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The Apprentice heading for Cannes

The Apprentice by Ali Abbasi will world premiere in the main competition at the 77th Cannes Film Festival!

We are beyond proud of this remarkable film and for yet another collaboration with Ali. This only two years after our premiere with Holy Spider in Cannes.

Read more here:


Darkland: The Return #1 in Danish cinemas

Our film Darkland: The Return by Fenar Ahmad and starring Dar Salim has opened at number 1 in Danish cinemas!

The film was warmly received by both critics and audiences, and it has reached more than 60.000 admissions after the first weekend – making it the biggest opening weekend for a Danish film this year.

Thanks to Nordisk Film Distribution and the great press team at Have PR for all their work leading up to the premiere!

Read more, in Danish, here:


Speak No Evil remake in the works

Blumhouse is teaming up with James McAvoy for the remake of our film Speak No Evil by the brilliant Christian Tafdrup.

Director James Watkins (Eden Lake) will direct from his screenplay which is based on the original screenplay by Christian and Mads Tafdrup. None other than Jason Blum will we producing and Jacob Jarek & Christian Tafdrup will be acting as executive producers, alongside Bea Sequeira & Paul Ritchie.

Thanks WME for setting up the deal and break a leg to director James and the rest of the team!

Read more here:


Holy Spider takes home 11 Robert Awards

What a night!

Holy Spider received 11 Robert 2023 Awards by the Danish Film Academy.

The awards include Best Film, Best Director, Best Writer and Best Actress, among many more.

A huge congrats to all the winners!

See the full list of winners here:


Speak No Evil & Holy Spider receive 27 nominations for the Robert Awards!

Our films Holy Spider and Speak No Evil have been nominated for 27 Awards for the 2023 Danish Robert Awards!

A huge congrats to directors Ali Abbasi and Christian Tafdrup and all of the amazing cast & crews.

See the full list of nominations here:

Speak No Evil

Holy Spider

Holy Spider shortlisted for the Oscars

Holy Spider lands on the Oscars Shortlist for Best International Feature Film (Denmark) at the 95th Academy Awards®.

We are so thrilled and honored!

Holy Spider is now playing in select theaters in the US. Opens nationwide January 13 2023.

Read more here:


Holy Spider receives 4 European Film Awards nominations

Our film Holy Spider has received 4 nominations for the 35th European Film Awards! The nominations are: EUROPEAN FILM, EUROPEAN ACTRESS for Zar Amir Ebrahimi, EUROPEAN DIRECTOR for Ali Abbasi and EUROPEAN SCREENPLAY for Ali Abbasi & Afshin Kamran Bahrami.

What an honour and congratulations to everyone involved. To all EFA members, please go in and vote when you can. And see you in Reykjavik for the European Film Awards ceremony!

Read more here:


Utopia releases Holy Spider in the US

US distributor Utopia is releasing Ali Abbasi’s Holy Spider from September 28th 2022, starting at the IFC Center in NYC, then moving to the Laemmle and Alamo theatres in LA, before expanding across more markets in the US.

We are so thrilled that film will meet an US audience, and love working with the distribution team at Utopia and press team at Cinetic. Director Ali Abbasi and lead actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi are attending multiple Q&As during the first week of our release in the US.

So if you are in the US, find your tickets here:


Holy Spider chosen as the Danish Oscar submission

We are so proud and delighted that Holy Spider by Ali Abbasi is chosen as the official Danish submission for the Best International Feature Film category at the 95th Academy Awards®!

We are also proud that the committee has chosen a film which not only is extremely timely, taking the desperate current situation in Iran, but also from a filmmaker with an international background.

Read more here:


Speak No Evil released in the US

On september 9th 2022 Speak No Evil by Christian Tafdrup is released in selected theatres in the US, and on September 15th it will be available for streaming on the VOD platform Shudder.

We are so happy about the US distribution, and honored to be working with the great teams at Shudder and IFC Midnight.

Already New York Times has chosen it as it’s critic’s pick – an honor in itself. We are hoping it will resonate with US audiences as well!

If you are in the US and want to watch in on the big screen, book your tickets here.

Holy Spider in Telluride

Ali Abbasi’s Holy Spider is part of the very exclusive line-up of the 49th Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, USA!

Lead actress Zar, Ali and producers Jacob and Sol are present in Telluride, as well as our passionate US distributors Utopia. It’s going to be an exciting weekend!

Telluride Film Festival takes place Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5, 2022.

Read more here:


Holy Spider selected for Toronto

Our film Holy Spider by Ali Abbasi is selected for Toronto International Film Festival where it will play in the Special Presentations section!

We are so excited for the film to meet canadian audiences in Toronto in September. The film will be release by Sphere Films in Canada, and the release is scheduled for later in 2022.

Read more here:


Zar is the queen of Cannes!

Lead actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi from our film Holy Spider by Ali Abbasi won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.

“I have come a long way to be on this stage tonight. It was not an easy story. It was humiliation but there was cinema,” she told the audience in a moving acceptance speech.

Zar was one of the first ones we hired for the film and we are so proud of her performance and well-deserved award, and thankful for all the blood, sweat and tears she put into the film for over 4 years.

We love you! Now go on and conquer the rest of the world, Zar!

See Zar’s acceptance speech here:


Darkland: The Return picked up by TrustNordisk

Sales agent TrustNordisk has acquired the international sales rights for our upcoming action thriller Darkland: The Return, with the original Danish title Underverden II.

The film is the successor to the succesful Darkland from 2017, and will work both as a sequel and on its own. Darkland: The Return is to be directed by Fenar Ahmad, and is written by Fenar Ahmad and Behrouz Bigdeli. It again stars Dar Salim in the lead role, alongside Stine Fischer Christensen and Birgitte Hjort-Sørensen, among others.

The film is currently in production and we are aiming for a spring release 2023.

Read more here:


Holy Spider heading for Main Competition at Cannes Film Festival

Our upcoming film Holy Spider by Ali Abbasi has been selected for the Main Competition at the 75th Cannes Film Festival!

We are proud, ecstatic… and speechless.

Thanks to cast, crew, funders, backers – and our partner in crime One Two Films.

Most of all thanks to Ali Abbasi who have had this film in mind close to 20 years, and never given up!

Read more here:


Speak No Evil opens in Denmark to rave reviews

Speak No Evil opens in Denmark to rave reviews!

The film receives top scores in newspapers Jyllands-Posten and Kristeligt Dagblad, among others, and Politiken says “there will be a before and after ‘Speak No Evil’ in Danish film history”.

We are so happy and humbled by the praise.

Speak No Evil plays in theatres all over Denmark – find tickets here:


Speak No Evil heading for Sundance

Our upcoming feature film, Speak No Evil, will have its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival where it will play in the Midnight section. We are so thrilled about it!

Speak No Evil is a psychological horror film by director Christian Tafdrup and will have its Danish premiere on March 17th 2022.

It has been a long and wild ride, the film is one year delayed because of the pandemic, so it feels so great having the film premiere in Park City.

Thanks to our brilliant co-production partner Trent at Oak Motion Pictures in Holland, and our financiers: The Danish Film Institute, FilmFyn, Danmarks Radio, Nordisk Film and Netherlands Film Production Incentive.

Read more about it here:


Kamikaze released in 46 territories

On November 14th 2021 Kamikaze has its premiere in 46 territories on HBO Max!

A long journey is coming to its end. Two episode will be released every Sunday the following 4 weeks.

We are so excited for the series to meet the world – either in it is original form, subtitled… or dubbed!

See Kamikaze for yourself here:



Marie Reuther wins Best Actress at Series Mania

It ends with victory!

Marie Reuther wins Best Actress at Series Mania 2021 for her brave portrayal and powerhouse performance as main character Julie in our series Kamikaze that is due out on HBO Max this fall.

It is so well deserved and we are so proud.


Read Variety’s article about it here:


The Middle Man selected for TIFF 2021

Our co-production The Middle Man by legendary Norwegian director Bent Hamer will have its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival where it will be screened in the Special Presentations section.

The film has been long time underway, and finally the world will see this unique and brilliant film from Bent!

Thanks to all our co-production partners: BulBul film in Norway, The Film Farm in Canada and Pandora in Germany. And of course thanks to The Danish Film Institute for supporting the film in Denmark and Scanbox for partnering for distribution in the Nordics.

Read more about it and see the trailer below:


HBO series Kamikaze selected for Series Mania 2021

Our upcoming HBO series Kamikaze will have its world premiere in the main competition at Series Mania in Lille, France late august this year.

We are beyond thrilled and honored! It is a huge recognition of the hard work put in by the very gifted talent in front and behind the camera.

Read more about it below:


Small Claims Court heading for Series Mania

Our short format series Small Claims Court (Fogedretten), which earlier this year aired at TV2 Play in Denmark, is heading for Lille, France and Series Mania 2021 where it will play in the Short Format Competition!

Huge congrats to writer/director Jens Dahl and lead actress Marie Askehave – as well as the rest of the cast and crew!

Read more about the selection below:



We are looking for interns

We are every year on the lookout for good interns. As an intern you will work closely together with us on our projects and be part of a dynamic and busy office. Not every semester we take interns in (we only take in the very best candidates), but if you are curious about it, please contact us on the below email and we will provide you with more information:


You have to be SU-berettiget to be able to become an intern with us.