The Norwegian Film Institute will this month launch and new film and television rebate, which aims to serve as an incentive for more international films to be made in Norway.
The new tax incentive scheme, which received parliamentary approval, has been active since the start of 2016, and will offer 45 million NOK in its first year.
The first film to take advantage of this new scheme is the British film adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman. The film is set to start shooting in Oslo in February, and last year there was some debate as whether or not to shoot it in Sweden due to their generous offers. The push for a new incentive scheme brought The Snowman to its rightful home in Oslo, and will hopefully serve as an excellent example for future international productions.
The Norwegian Film Institute will administer the incentive, which offers productions that are either fully or partially produced in Norway at 25% rebate on costs spent in the country. Iceland is the only other Nordic region to have a filming incentive. Other countries, such as Denmark, offer film funds (see the Copenhagen Film Fund) that have been successful in bringing international productions to major Nordic cities. The latest success of the CPH Film Fund is The Danish Girl, which was shot in the Danish capital with help from the fund. The Snowman is a true test to whether the incentive will work and appeal to others who wish to shoot in Norway.
The online application form will be available from Jan 1 and the first application deadline is Jan 21.
You can find out more information about what the scheme offers here:http://www.nfi.no/english/144711/guide-for-applicants