The first edition of CPH PIX was held in April 2009 with an audience number of 36,500, which was the largest audience ever recorded for a film festival in Copenhagen. Since the first edition, the festival has grown in size to a record high total of 65,000 audiences in 2016.
In 2016 the festival merged with the BUSTER Film Festival for Children and Youth to become one big festival for all ages. At the same time the festival moved from April to September/October.
CPH PIX is recognized for its focus on new film talents, supporting talent development and presenting unreleased quality films from a wide specter of countries and cultures. The 14 day programme is packed with 200 films from around the world and 700 film related activities. As part of the main programme, the festival presents retrospective series with highly acclaimed filmmakers including William Friedkin, Andrzej Zulawski, Terence Davies and Bertrand Bonello, often in collaboration with the Danish Cinematheque.
The New Talent Grand PIX following a cash prize of 10,000 euro to a first-time filmmaker, awarded by an international jury.
Nordisk Film Fonden's Best Children’s Film and 3,000 euro awarded by a children's jury. The award has been handed out during CPH PIX since 2016 as part of the festival's programme for schools and families, BUSTER.
The Politiken Audience Award decided by the audience.
Politiken Fonden's Best Short Film For Children awarded by a selected jury. The award has been handed out during CPH PIX since 2016 as part of the festival's programme for schools and families BUSTER.