Norway ready for more international productions thanks to rebate

The Norwegian government’s incentive programme to attract international foreign film and television productions has proven to be successful and now they are looking for more films to come to Norway.

At the moment the incentive was capped to two productions this year. First off was the UK production The Snowman, which is based off Norwegian author Jo Nesbø’s novel of the same name. The film starred German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson, US actor Val Kilmer and French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, with Norway’s Jakob Oftebro and Sweden’s Sofia Helin. The film shot between January and March with 160 crew in Oslo, Bergen and Rjukan.

The second film that took advantage of the incentive is Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, which was shooting in August around the Trollfjord, the Flofjell in Western Norway and in Lofoten further north. The film stars Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Alex Baldwin, Christoph Waltz and Neil Patrick Harris. The film is also being shot between the US and Canada.

The application deadline for the next round is the 26th of January 2017.


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.