Latest round of Nordisk Film and TV Fund Funding

Release from the Nordisk Film and TV Fund:
In its April round of production support Nordisk Film & TV Fond has allocated NOK 7.3 million to six new films and documentaries and a TV series for kids.

– The Norwegian TV series Fergie (Gråtass) produced by Silje Hopland Eik for Gråtass Film received the largest grant of NOK 2 million. The show for pre-school kids features the little grey tractor Fergie and his universe created by Fantasifabrikken. In the 12×20’ series, Fergie lives in a cosy farm with his best friend Gustav (7) and together they explore life on the farm. Fergie is co-produced by Ireland’s Ripple World Pictures and young viewers will be able to watch the show on TV2 Norway, TV2 Denmark, YLE and CMore. Filming just started on May 11.

– Kids are also the primary audience for the Swedish feature film Upp i det blå produced by Lars Jönsson for Memfis Film Rights. TV director Petter Lennstrand (Höjdarna-För alla åldra) known for his mix of live and Jim Henson-style puppetcharacters, makes his feature debut with the story of 8 year-old Pottan who experiences funny and thrilling adventures at a summer camp. Upp i det blå was granted NOK 1.8 million from the Fund. Nordisk Film will handle Scandinavian distribution.

– The Finnish feature Tacit Wisdom (Hiljainen Tieto) produced by Markku Flink for Periferia Productions was granted NOK 1.9 million. The established director Saara Cantell (Hearbeats-Jill & Joy) shares with Leena Virtanen the writing credit for this tale of passion and betrayal set against the growing hysteria of a witch hunt on the island of Åland, Finland in 1666. Co-producers for this epic drama include Sweden’s Götafilm, Norway’s Pomor Film and Latvia’s Sun & Moon Pictures. Nordisk Film will handle Scandinavian distribution and TrustNordisk world sales. Filming is set to start in the fall 2015.

– The much anticipated Danish documentary The Quatraro Mystery co-directed by Mads Brügger (pictured – The Ambassador) and Jeppe Rønde (Bridgend) is now in production and received a NOK 700,000 grant from the Fund. The directing duo unfolds a disturbing and darkly humorous journalistic investigation of corruption and possibly murder at the EU Commission. Danish producer Sara Stockmann from Sonntag Pictures says the project was almost equally produced by Norway’s Piraya Film. DD Sales handles world sales. Delivery date is set around berlin 2016.

– Danish Documentary Production’s Amateurs in Space directed by Max Kestner was granted NOK 450,000. The director spent four years filming two best friends trying to build a ‘DIY’ rocket to travel into space. Sigrid Dyekjær is producing and Autlook Film Sales is handling pre-sales.

– Monami Agency’s Finnish doc Diving into the Unknown by Juan Reina was granted NOK 450,000. Viewers are invited to follow the gripping underwater rescue operation of Finnish cave divers who try to retrieve the bodies of two of their friends who drowned during a dangerous mission to explore a five-kilometre long/130 meter deep cave in Plurdalen in Norway. Fuglene AS is co-producing. Delivery is expected in the fall 2015.

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.