More genre films coming our way, with the second Genre Boost announced

We can look forward to new thrillers, sci fi’s and horror films from the Nordic region, with the Nordisk Film and TV Fund announcing the second round of the Nordic Genre Boost initiative.

Sci Fi was the clear winner, with an Icelandic project and two Norwegian projects to focus on the genre. We can also look forward to a Norwegian psycho horror film. Two Finnish film directors are going to film a dystopian Lapland, and to top it all off we’ll also have a new Danish animation.

A total of 83 projects applied for the Nordic Genre Boost, which is created by the Nordisk Film and TV Fund and offers NOK 200,000 single grants in development support and access to workshops and tutoring.


Here are all the projects:

(info via the Nordisk Film and TV Fund)

The 2016 Nordic Genre Boost projects are the following:

Denmark. Animation. Body Horror Fun. First feature by Tor Fruergaard, written by Sissel Dalsgaard and produced by Claudia Saginario (Good Company Films). Bente (10) is sent to scout camp and has to fight off mutants with her new friends; a disgusting, fun and absurd universe.

Finland. Horror drama. First feature by Hanna Bergholm, written by Ilja Rautsi and produced by Mika Ritalahti (Silva Mysterium). A 12-year-old perfectionist girl, Tinja, hatches a bird-like doppelgänger to carry out all her buried worst impulses.

Norway. Sci-fi. Third feature by Izer Aliu, written by Magnus Aspli and produced by Mikael Diseth (Fantefilm Fiksjon). A drilling mission in the Arctic Ocean turns up a strange substance that marine biologist Maria must uncover in order to survive what has been unleashed.

Iceland. Sci-fi. New feature by writer/director Olaf de Fleur, produced by Kristin Andrea Thordardottir (Poppoli Pictures). A global organization, UNCC, have launched a physical memory system to manifest memories from prisoners for investigative purposes.

Finland. Dystopian drama. New feature by Saara Saarela based on the eponymous novel by Emmi Itäranta, co-written by Ilja Rautsi and produced by Misha Jaari and Mark Lwoff (Bufo Ltd). In a futuristic Lapland, water is a luxury, rationed by the military. When a young woman discovers a secret water source she has to decide if she is ready to risk her life by letting the water run free.

Norway. Sci-fi thriller. New feature by Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, written by Jan Trygve Røyneland and produced by Finn Gjedrum (Paradox Rettigheter). Memory archivist Eric returns from his sudden death as a so-called human substitute, all new and ingested with most of his memories, only to discover that he was murdered.

Norway. Psychological horror. First feature written and directed by Thordur Palsson and produced by Kamilla Hodøl and Emilie Jouffroy (FilmBros Productions). Set in 1874 in an Icelandic frontier village, Eva starts losing her perspective as group mentality and survival instinct trump human ethics in a community crazed by guilt and superstition.

Among the first seven Nordic Genre Boost films were the Danish sci-fi drama Teenage Jesus, voted Best Pitch in Haugesund, the Norwegian fantasy/sci-fi Bright Sky by Troll Hunter director André Øvredal and the Finnish horror Bodom by Taneli Mustonen, now in post-production.

For further information check: NORDIC GENRE BOOST. 

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.