Nordic genre on display at Haugesund

The Nordic Genre Boost is heading to the Norwegian International Film Festival, and with it will present seven new projects to the market.

Launched last year by the Oslo-based Nordisk Film & TV Fund, the Nordic Genre Boost was first presented in Helsinki in 2015, and now the first feature film from the program will screen at the festival. The film is Lake Bodom by Finnish director Taneli Mustonen. Lake Bodom is a horror that follows four teenagers who were stabbed to death in their tent at the lake in 1960. The unsolved mystery turned into an urban legend, and in the present day a group of teenagers arrive at the same campsite, hoping to solve the murder.


This year sees more exciting genre films that will hopefully be developed into features. A total of 83 films applied and now seven features will be presented in Haugesund. Support includes $25,000 development money, access to two residential workshops with international film professionals followed by online tutoring about script development, marketing and sales.



Here are the projects being presented:

Denmark: “Bente and the Mutant Scouts” from Tor Fruergaard; produced by Claudia Saginario.

Finland: “Birds of a Feather”from Hanna Bergholm; produced by Mika Ritalahti

“Memory of Water”from  Saara Saarela; produced by Misha Jaari & Mark Lwoff

Iceland: “East by Eleven” from Olaf de Fleur; produced by Kristin Andrea Thordardottir

“The Damned”from Thordur Palsson, Kamilla Hodøl, Emilie Jouffroy


“Substitute”from Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken; produced by Finn Gjerdrum

“Deep Down” from Izer Aliu; produced by Mikael Diseth

Pictured: Petri Kemppinen

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.