Joachim Trier among recipients of NFI funding

Norwegian director Joachim Trier has received production funding from the Norwegian Film Institute for his new film, Thelma. 

The film tells the story of a young woman who is unaware that she possesses frightening powers. The film will be produced by Thomas Robsahm, of Oslo’s Motlys, with Denmark’s Mikkel Jersin (Snowglobe), Sweden’s Mattias Nohrborg (B-Reel) and France’s Alexandre Mallet-Guy, of Memento Films Production, which handles international sales. The film is due to be released in 2017.

This is not the only project to receive funding from the Norwegian Film Institute, overall the NFI allocated €3.6 million production funding for another four upcoming Norwegian features, six documentaries, six short films and two New Ways-films.

What Will People Say is from Pakistani-Norwegian actress turned director Iram Haq, who is following up from her I am Yours (2013) feature debut. What Will People Say tells the story of 16-year-old Nisha and her double life – every-day Norway with her friends, and then her traditional Pakistani family. When her father finds her with a Norwegian boyfriend, she is sent back to Pakistan, where she has never been before, but learns about her parents’ culture.

Here are the other projects being funded by the Norwegian Film Institute:


After Kick it! (Kule kidz gråter ikke/2014), Launing will film Battle for Friland Produksjon, about ”young people in Oslo, a double life, dance and love.” Apparently Amalie has everything, but one day it collapses, and she has to move from it all – then she meets Mikael, a hip-hop dancer, good at battle.

Valley Of Shadows

Produced by Film Farms, Gulbrandsen’s Valley Of Shadows (Skyggenes dal) takes place in a small village in western Norway, where six-year-old Aslak and his mother Astrid are experiencing a tragedy, which he does not quite understand, and she has difficulties dealing with.


In Mer Film’s Hoggeren, Syversen portrays a 39-year-old man who does not feel comfortable with the city. He moves to a modest farm and spends his days going into the woods and chopping trees. But his past catches up with him, also the feeling of not really having a place in life.

In addition to the five feature films, the institute also granted production support to the following projects:

Short Films:

Apollo (Apollo)
Production company: Ape&Bjørn AS. Director: Bobbie Peers. Amount:  109.000 Euros

Crazy Love (Crazy Love)
Production company: Storyline Pictures AS. Director: Izer Aliu. Amount: 163.000 Euros

Origins of Man (Menneskets opprinnelse)
Production company: Norwegian Toolbox AS. Director: Pjotr Sapegin. Amount: 135.000 Euros.

The Little Gray Wolfy  – The Spring Sailing (Den vesle grå ulven – Vår og isen går)
Production company: Ulvenfilm Natalia Malykhina. Director: Natalia Malykhina. Amount: 64.000 Euros.

Flightmode (Flightmode)
Production company: Fenomen TV Film og Scene AS. Director Liv Mari Mortensen. Amount: 48.000 Euros.

Reconstrucion (Rekonstruksjon)
Production company: Even Hafnor AS. Directors: Even Hafnor and Lisa Brooke Hansen. Amount: 117.000 Euros.

Documentary Films:

Islamisten (Norwegian title – English title TBA)
Production company: Flimmer Film AS. Directors: Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen and Adil Khan Farooq. Amount: 76.000 Euros.

Sealers (Sealers)
Production company: Koko Film AS. Director: Trude Berge Ottesten. Amount: 43.000 Euros.

Miracle in Moldova (Miraklet i Moldova)
Production company: Flimmer Film AS. Director: Stian Indrevoll. Amount: 78.000 Euros.

While Waiting (Mens vi ventar på kinesarane)
Production company: Blåst Film AS. Directors: Sidse Torstholm Larsen and Sturla Pilskog. Amount: 152.000 Euros.

Meet the Censors (Meet the Censors)
Production company: Medieoperatørene AS. Director: Håvard Fossum. Amount: 217.000 Euros.

Omvent (Norwegian title – Engish title TBA)
Production company: Novemberfilm AS. Director: Erlynee Kardany. Amount: 54.000 Euros.

New Ways

Now it`s dark (Now it`s Dark) – feature film
Production company: Chezille AS. Director: Arild Østin Ommundsen. Amount: 627.000 Euros.

Manifest (Manifest) – short film
Production company: Barbosa Film AS. Directors: Matias Ryg og Mathias Nordli Eriksen. Amount: 111.000 Euros.

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.