The Norwegian state government has announced its budget for 2016, and one of the highlights for Norwegian cinema is a new incentive scheme that will offer foreign producers a 25% refund of their costs when shooting a film in Norway.
The Culture Minister Thorhild Widvey announced that she has allocated 45 million NOK for the new incentive which will be administered in the fjord gateway Bergen.
“Norway has rich qualities for filming locations – in addition to a professional and competent film industry, we have a rich cultural history, and a unique natural and cultural landscape. With the incentive scheme, we want to strengthen Norway’s competitive advantage,” said Widvey (source; Cineuropa)
Other highlights include allocated support for film regions to the sum of 8.8 million NOK, an attempt to draw international filmmakers to Norway. The museum located at the Norwegian Film Institute will also be allocated some funds to assure the best possible management and operation for the centre. There is also a report underway to investigate how to organise the Cinemateque outside of the NFI, and that report will be completed during the first quarter of 2016.
The level of NFI’s operating budget is similar to that of 2015. The NFI has been awarded a one-time grant of four million NOK to cover the implementation of new grant problems and the establishment of a branch in Bergen.
Read Culture Ministry’s budget here: