The Nordic projects selected for the Nordic Genre Boost 2017

The latest batch of Nordic Genre Boost films has been announced!

The Nordic Genre Boost is an initiative run by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond that supports genre projects in the Nordic region. The initiative includes grants and workshops, plus it highlights just how amazing Nordic genre is! Many of the projects outlined below struggle to find funding through conventional means like the film institutes, which tend to favour art films.

The Nordic Genre Boost has supported 21 projects since December 2014.

Here are the 2017 genre films (all images and info via the Nordisk Film & TV Fond)


Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

Country: Sweden

Written/Directed by Olivier Guerpillon

A little robot dog is devised as a prototype to look after the elderly. As it learns to understand its ‘master’, its behaviour starts to become threatening.


Genre: Sci-fi

Country: Iceland

Directed by Thora Hilmarsdóttir

Sara (30) and her extended family become isolated as the Earth plunges into darkness after the sun disappears. They find refuge in an old factory, but soon the family starts to implode. Hilmarsdóttir said she will play with time and memory for this first Icelandic sci-fi project which received development support from the Icelandic Film Centre. Shooting is planned to start in 2018.


Genre: Pscyho-horror

Country: Denmark

Written by David Sandreuter

A woman accidentally kills her terrorizing husband, just to realize that he is not letting her go. Production to start in 2018.


Genre: Fantasy

Country: Iceland

Directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson

A childless sheep farming couple receives an unexpected heir that fills their loneliness with joy, before ultimately destroying them.


Genre: Dark comedy/thriller

Country: Norway

Written/Directed by Øyvind Holtmon

In a godforsaken village, a giant quarry operates around the clock. When Jasper causes a terrible accident, he discovers dark factory secrets.


Genre: Psychological horror

Country: Finland

Directed by Ulrika Bengts

Set in the future, Iris (12) and Mikael (12) live on an island and try to cope with fear and loss by escaping into their own imaginary world. Their game escalates into a cruel power play where Iris must try to save her friend by bringing him back to reality. The €2m project is set to start filming in 2019.

The Sex Trap

Genre: Thriller

Country: Norway

Directed by Marie Kristiansen

Based on true events, the story focuses on two teenage girls who start tricking men into sex traps for money. But their game turns into a nightmare. “The film will deal with girl power and how far you are ready to go to belong”, said the producer.

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.