The Nordic Co-Production and Finance Market at the Norwegian International Film Festival has opened as the largest edition yet with a record number of 419 participants and 28 new films in the main program.

The main market program at New Nordic Films is co-organised with the Norwegian Film Institute and Nordic sales agents. The aim of the this market is to showcase Nordic features to the international market.

Films being presented at the New Nordic Films include Rasmus Heisterberg’s In the Blood, which was just announced as heading to the Toronto International Film Festival.  Also presented at the market is Hunting Flies, the feature debut by Norwegian director Izer Aliu, which is also heading to Toronto. The New Nordic Films section collaborates with the Nordic Film Market at the Goteborg Film Festival, which promotes Scandinavian cinema. The next festival runs between the 27th of January and 6th of February.

The Norwegian International Film Festival is one of four European festivals (the others being Karlovy Vary, Thessaloniki and Les Arcs) that work with the Eurimages Project Lab. Haugesund will award the winning project €50,000, which is decided by a jury comprising Norwegian director Bent Hamer, Sundance Film Festival programmer Heidi Zwicker and head of New Screen-new talents at the Netherlands Film Fund, Dorien van de Pas.

Included in the films competing for the Eurimages Lab award are Jørn Utkilen’s Lake Over Fire, described as an absurd Western comedy. Arild Østen Ommundsen will show his Not It’s Dark, and Danish director Annika Berg’s Forever 13.

In the Nordic Co-Production and Finance Market we also see a strong line-up of films, including Daniel Dencik’s 1000 RIP, Icelandic director Ásthilur Kjartansdóttir’s The Deposit, Norwegian director Marius Holst’s Robbery and Martin Skovbjerg’s Sticks and Stones.

 

At last year’s market, the French international sales company Films Distribution picked up international sales for both Norwegian director Arild Andresen’s Handle With Care and Icelandic director Gudmunder Arnar Gudmundsson’s Heartstone. Handle With Care has now returned as a work-in-progress, while Heartstone premiere at the Venice Film Festival.