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Export of Norwegian films booming

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Export revenues of Norwegian films tripled between 2002 and 2006, to reach almost NOK20m (€2.5m), according to a recent report commissioned by the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI).

In 2006, twenty Norwegian films were released in foreign cinemas. Eight of them had an export box office of over €125,000 and 20% were represented by non-Nordic sales agents: Bavaria Film International Sales (The Bothersome Man [+see also:
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Outside Scandinavia, the biggest buyers of Norwegian films are German-speaking territories and Benelux. The report is good news to Norwegian Culture Minister Trond Giske, who had set a goal for Norwegian films to double their exports by 2010 in his recent White Paper on cinema.

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