The Norwegian Film Institute announces new funding recipients
by Vassilis Economou
- Nordic co-productions, documentaries in production and 13 projects in development are receiving the institute’s support; it is also granting two special scholarships to up-and-coming directors
After celebrating Norway’s presence at the Berlinale’s European Film Market as the Country in Focus (see the news), the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) has made a series of funding announcements, including support for international co-productions, grants for film development and scholarships for up-and-coming directors.
Starting with the latest slate of funding, three feature-length fiction films (all Norwegian minority co-productions), five documentary features and a documentary series will be the recipients of over NOK 11,330,000 (€1,152,000) from the NFI.
The children’s fantasy film Fly With Me is about the friendship between a kid and an elf who are striving to save Mother Nature. Directed by Finland’s Marja Pyykkö, and written by Jenny Toivoniemi and Kirsikka Saari (the writer of the Berlinale Crystal Bear winner Stupid Young Heart [+see also:
film profile]), the film is a Finnish-Norwegian co-production by Venla Hellstedt and Elli Toivoniemi, of Tuffi Film, with Kristine MI Knudsen, of Bergen-based Den Siste Skilling, who has received NFI support of NOK 2,069,617 (€210,500).
Swedish producer-director Linda Hambäck (Gordon & Paddy [+see also:
film profile]) is being supported for her latest animated film, Apestjernen, about an orphaned little girl who is adopted by a gorilla. Written by experienced scriptwriter Janne Vierth, the film is being produced by the director and Petter Lindblad for Sweden’s LEE Film, with Lise Fearnley and Tonje Skar Reiersen for Norwegian animation company Mikrofilm AS, who received NOK 2,471,485 (€251,500). The last fiction feature supported by the NFI, with NOK 900,000 (€92,000), is Air Castle, a dark and absurd story about a lost water meter and his faithful dog, by debutant Danish writer-director Jonas Kærup Hjort. It is being co-produced by Rikke Tambo Andersen for Danish outfit Tambo Film, with Gary Cranner, of Norway’s Chezville AS.
Four documentaries also received funding from the NFI: Artist and Thief by Benjamin Ree (Magnus [+see also:
film profile]), produced by Medieoperatørene, with NOK 1,450,000 (€147,500); Blue Code of Silence by Magnus Skatvold, staged by Spætt Film, with NOK 1,800,000 (€183,000); False Belief by Lene Berg, which premiered earlier this year in the Berlinale’s Forum Expanded, produced by FABB001, with NOK 500,000 (€51,000); and Tension in Europe by Nefise Özkal Lorentzen and Jørgen Lorentzen, staged by Integral Film, with NOK 940,000 (€95,500). Also, two productions with Danish majority involvement received NFI support: the feature Journey to Utopia by Erlend E Moe, co-produced by Magic Hour Films with Indie Film, with NOK 700,000 (€71,000); and the documentary series Scandinavian Star by Mikala Krogh (A Year of Hope), co-produced by Nordisk Film Denmark with Nordisk Film Production AS, with NOK 500,000 (€51,000). Furthermore, nine production companies received a total of NOK 2,520,500 (€256,000) for their documentary projects in development.
It should be noted that the NFI has also distributed its 13 annual framework grants for film development – six for documentary and seven for fiction projects, for a total of NOK 11 million (€1,118,500). Finally, the NFI has granted two scholarships of NOK 200,00 (€20,300) each, out of the six that are distributed annually, for further development of upcoming projects by emerging directors. The recipients this time around are Thea Hvistendahl, who, after her hybrid debut The Monkey and the Mouth, is now developing her sophomore feature, Handling the Undead, an adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s (Let the Right One In) second novel; and documentarian Anniken Hoel (Cause of Death: Unknown [+see also:
interview: Anniken Hoel
film profile]), who is working on her new documentary project, #WeAreLove.
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