The Norwegian Film Institute and Fritt Ord ready to offer extra funding amidst the COVID-19 outbreak
- The two organisations will earmark about €4.5 million to support the local audiovisual industry
Norway’s audiovisual sector is ready to fight the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 outbreak with two more pieces of good news. Both the Norwegian Film Institute and the private foundation Fritt Ord have announced the allocation of some extra funding amidst the global pandemic.
In detail, the national film agency has earmarked an extra 14 million crowns (approximately€1.18 million) for the development of films, video games and drama series.
Meanwhile, Fritt Ord has strengthened its commitment to backing documentary film production and promoting press freedom. The Oslo-based non-profit foundation has announced the allocation of extra funding aimed at financing Norwegian documentaries and co-productions.
In total, the private body has decided to set aside 40 million Norwegian crowns (approximately €3.37 million). Under normal conditions, each year, the organisation hands out around 15 million crowns (approximately €1.2 million) out of its total budget of 100 million crowns (approximately €8.1 million). Established back in 1974 by Narvesens Kioskkompagni leaders Jens Henrik Nordlie and Finn Skedsmo, and lawyer Jens Christian Hauge, the Norwegian foundation aims to support freedom of expression and free press through different cultural activities.
Speaking about the initiative, Fritt Ord’s project and deputy director, Bente Roalsvig, told nordicfilmandtvnews.com: “We’ve already received applications from cancelled events looking for alternative ways to unfold, or photographers and filmmakers interested in documenting the coronavirus crisis.”
This week, several projects backed by Fritt Ord are partaking in Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX. Among them are Kenneth Sorento’s The Fight for Greenland [+see also:
film profile], Håvard Fossum’s Meet the Censors, Tonje Hessen Schei’s iHuman and Magnus Gertten’s Only the Devil Lives Without Hope [+see also:
interview: Magnus Gertten
Applications for relevant projects should be submitted by 31 March 2020. For further information, please visit the official website, here.
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