Norwegian Film Institute announces new round of funding

The Norwegian Film Institute has announced that it will be funding seven Norwegian and international film and television projects with a total of NOK 49.2 million (€5.5 million) in funding. This is part of the new production incentive, which started in 2016.

The poster-child of the new film incentive, the upcoming film The Snowman, has received €4.7 million in funding. The UK-US adaptation of Norwegian author Jo Nesbø’s novel, which is directed by Tomas Alfredson. The money is to help complete shooting, and the film is due for release in October.

The upcoming thriller The Postcard Killings has received funding as well. Directed by US cinematographer Januz Kaminski, the film stars Dakota Fanning and Patrick Dempsey and tells the story of a New York detective who investigates a series of seemingly senseless killings across Europe.

Several Norwegian and international film and TV productions was awarded incentive funding for shooting in Norway, including a Chinese feature. The feature film The Bird Catcher, directed by Ross Clarke, takes place during World War II where Jewish Esther must escape after her father is arrested by Germans. When her mother is killed, she seeks refuge on a farm, where – dressed as a boy – she must survive among Germans.

The Chinese film titled Lost in Norway has received €0.4 million. Directed by Yi Hong Bo, the film tells the story of Zhang, who travels to Norway and meets Samuel, a bitter man, who has lost his wife and contact with her daughter. Reluctantly, he is helped by Zhang to get back to his family.

The television series Grenseland, directed by Gunnar Vikene and Bård Fjulsrud, received €1.9 million. The series is about a homicide detective who becomes involved in criminal endeavours involving his own family.

Viking School is an animated series for children who try to navigate the action-packed world of Viking education. The series received €0.4 million and is directed by Maurice Joyce.

Lastly there’s Shetland 4, a television series that is also a crime series. Thomas Malone has his murder conviction overturned, and journalist Sally McCann is killed. Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez goes to Norway. The series received €0.1 million.

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.