The Norwegian government has introduces a new system of incentives for film productions with the aim of keeping local projects local and attract international ventures.
At a press conference in Oslo’s Filmens Hus, the Norwegian culture minister Thorhild Widvey said the new scheme will come into effect in 2016, and the scheme is based on a reimbursement of costs incurred during the films production in Norway.
The government’s new film policy also includes a financial reinforcement of the six regional film centres, which will be organised by a new department at the Norwegian Film Institute to be established in Bergen. The centres will take over promoting local venues and collaborating with international companies, replacing the institute.
“Last week I was in Cannes, and watched the Competition screening of Louder than Bombs, by Norwegian director Joachim Trier – it was a great experience, and we want more of these in the years to come,” said Widvey.
The culture minister also aims to simplify procedures for applying for film support: “More films, less schemes and bureaucracy,” aimed at “a professional industry with a healthy economy.”
To put this into perspective, last year 10 Norwegian features – almost a third of all made – were filmed abroad, including Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead, which was shot in Iceland.
In recent weeks, the City of Oslo has offered $194,000 (NOK 1.5 million) to the producers of Jo Nesbø’s thriller,The Snowman, if they choose to shoot Tomas Alfredson’s adaption of the novel in Norway’s capital, where the story takes place.
The City of Stockholm had previously offered close to the same amount to secure the production from Working Title Films (UK) and Another Park Films (Sweden).
A decision on where the production will film has yet to be made.
The Snowman is Nesbø’s seventh Harry Hole novel, but the first to be adapted for the big screen.
US director Martin Scorsese, who previously circled the project, will executive produce.