Nordic genre films continue to shine

With Nordic Noir still finding success overseas, it is hardly surprising to see the new initiatives into Nordic genre films working domestically. For those who are unaware, the Nordic Genre Boost is a relatively new initiative from the Nordisk Film and TV Fund. The initiative provides development grants of NOK 200,000 for several projects a year, as well as access to two intensive residential workshops. We’ve posted information about the seven features selected this year so you can keep up-to-date with Nordic genre.

After presenting at Cannes, the Nordic Genre Boost is now heading to the Norwegian International Film Festival. The organisers of the New Nordic Films industry event have added the Nordic Genre Boost films to their lineup. The seven films will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to potential partners, and there will be a special seminar on the Nordic Genre Boost. The panel for the seminar includes  Rikke Ennis, TrustNordisk CEO, Patrick Ewald, CEO at the US Epic Pictures Group, Kjetil Omberg, producer and distributor (Norsk Superfilm), Mikko Aromaa, managing director, Night Vision Film Festival, and Jongsuk Thomas Nam, managing director, Network of Asian Fantastic Films.

In addition to this special presentation at NIFF, the Nordic Genre Boost has also partnered with Frontières Coprod Market, a leading genre industry platform. Through the Nordisk Film and TV Fund, the Nordic Genre films will be submitted to the Frontières co-production market in Brussels (March 30- April 1 2016), with one of them being selected.


These events show that the Nordic Genre Boost initiative is working and signals future success for Nordic genre.

But what are these seven films? Here’s what we know about them:


  • Country: Finland
  • Genre: Horror/comedy
  • Director:  Elin Grönblom

“A new breed of mosquitoes is spreading across Finnish Lapland.”

What we know: Not much at this stage, but the films Twitter page is keeping us in the loop


  • Country: Finland
  • Genre: Horror/Survival/Slasher
  • Director: Taneli Mustonen

“In June 1960, a horrific murder takes place in a remote campsite by Lake Bodom. Four teenagers are brutally executed in their tent while sleeping. Decades after the case has turned cold, a group of teenagers arrive at the same campsite, hoping to solve the murder by reconstructing it minute by minute. As night falls, the girls find out that reconstruction is not what the guys are really after. Truths are revealed, and every camper’s worst nightmare becomes reality. Only sunrise can save them. Tonight… It’s girls against boys. Let the killing games begin.”

What we know: Well, it’s based on a true story. The Finnish Film Foundation states it as currently being in production, and Don Films has a nice teaser for us (see below)


  • Country: Denmark/Sweden
  • Genre: Nordic Horror/Supernatural
  • Director: Ali Abbasi

Troll mythology meets a dark romantic, horror story – based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In)

What we know: We couldn’t find much online, besides the book they are basing the film on.

Bright Skies

  • Country: Norway
  • Genre: Sci-fi
  • Director: André Øvredal (Trollhunter)

“UFO-events of an international scale inspire secrecy in a tiny Norwegian valley.”

What we know: Still nothing. These films are all so hidden. But considering the background of this film, we are very excited!

Teenage Jesus

  • Country: Denmark
  • Genre: Sci-fi
  • Director: Marie Grathø Sørensen

“Scifi pop noir about girls with endangering talents, who are locked away in an institution.”

What we know: we found a video online of Marie’s short film Teenland to keep you entertained until release!

Thale 2

  • Country: Norway
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Director: Aleksander Nordaas

“Spellbinders and lurking creatures from Norwegian folklore come alive.”

The Highlands

  • Country: Iceland
  • Psychological horror/thriller
  • Director: Ragnar Bragason (Metalhead)

“Modern saga set in the volcanic hinterlands – based on a novel by Steinar Bragi.”

What we know: The novel is called ‘ Skáldsaga’. We can’t find much, but the production company ZikZak has done all the big names in Icelandic cinema



“Nordic Genre Boost Hooks Up With Frontières Coprod Market” – Nordisk Film and TV Fund

“Nordic Genre Films Under Haugesund Spotlight” – Nordisk Film and TV Fund

“Nordic Genre Boost” Nordisk Film and TV Fund

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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