Extra funding announced for the Danish public service fund

The Public Service Fund, a fund that supports Danish TV dramas, documentary series and kids and youth programmes, has announced that its budget will rise by 23 million DKK in 2017, now totally 70 million DKK.

The extra funding comes from an excess of licence fees from 2015.

So far, this fund has supported television series like Dicte (pictured) and Norskov.

Upcoming television series that have received funding through this channel include Bille August’s upcoming television drama, Lucky Per, as well as the psycho-thriller Below the Surface, which is based on an idea by Adam Price (Borgen) and Søren Sveistrup (The Killing). In order to qualify for the funding, projects must be original, meaningful, and of high quality.

Other projects that received development support include Mayday, an eco-thriller written by Christopher Grøndahl (Børning), and Warrior, a crime drama co-written by Christoffer Boe and Simon Pasternak.

In short, the rise in funding means more quality television series will be funded in Denmark. And we’ll never tire of Danish television drama!


Emma Vestrheim

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.

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