Three European co-productions get SFI support
by Annika Pham
In its latest round of production support, the Swedish Film Institute awarded a total of SEK21.5m to six feature films, including three co-productions with France, Denmark and Ireland.
Directing duo Ola Simonsson and Stjärne Nilsson, three-time contenders in Cannes for their short films (including Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers) was awarded the biggest grant (SEK10m) for their feature debut Sound of Noise. The musical thriller is produced by Olivier Guerpillon (DFM Fiktion) in co-production with France’s Bliss.
Teresa Fabik (The Ketchup Effect) was awarded SEK6.2m for her youth film Prinsessa, produced by Sandra Harms (Breidablick Film Production). Maria Blom’s Fishy [+see also:
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Miss Kicki, developed as part of the low-budget SFI Rookie Film initiative, received SEK 2.7m. The mother/son relationship drama written by Alex Haridi and directed by first-timer Håkon Liu will start filming in December for Migma Film.
The Danish film Over Gaden, under vandet, produced by Nimbus Film in co-production with Sweden’s Hepp Film, was awarded SEK 400,000. During the course of a day, six persons at Copenhagen’s Christianshavn realize that life and love can be difficult to handle. The story is written by actress-turned-television director Charlotte Sieling, who makes her feature film debut.
David Keating’s English-language horror film The Wake Wood, produced by Fantastic Films (Ireland) in co-production with Magnus Paulsson (Solid Entertainment), was awarded SEK 600,000.
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