Our thanks to all
Nordic Genre Boost-participants
and the best of luck to all the projects.
The initative is now closed.


Nordic Genre Boost 2017 Haugesund / PHOTO: Torleif Hauge
NGB17 Helsinki Workshop, Petri Kemppinen / PHOTO: NFTF, Torleif Hauge
NGB17 Helsinki Workshop, Cold meets PUKK / PHOTO: NFTF, Torleif Hauge
NGB17 Helsinki Workshop, Joona Louhivuori / PHOTO: NFTF, Torleif Hauge

What is Nordic Genre Boost
Nordic Genre Boost combines a development grant of NOK 200,000 for every selected project and access to an intensive process of two workshops. 

Trough the two mandatory residential workshops, the projects can continue to shape their development, the aim of this initiative is to encourage and support Nordic genre films, giving the selected projects a platform on which to strengthen their visibility and potential to reach the production stage.

Combining group and individual sessions, and in collaboration with Nordic and international peers and tutors, each project is developed in areas such as script, financing, distribution/sales and marketing/audience engagement.

Participation requires time to prepare before both workshops, including the mandatory reading of the other projects, as well as delivering materials (to be defined) up to and during the 2 workshops, where participation is mandatory for the producer, writer and director.

A minimum of 5 projects will be selected. The selected projects of Nordic Genre Boost must clearly state that the project is developed with support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond, the initiative Nordic Genre Boost (including the Nordic Genre Boost logo).

Genre projects are defined as including horror, sci-fi, comedy (straight and in combination with other genres) and other established genres such as, but not limited to, fantasy, supernatural, western, mystery and more. Crime and thriller genres are expected to go beyond the ordinary, well-known formats.      

Who can apply 
Applications are accepted from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Nordic Genre Boost is aimed at professional filmmakers (writers, directors, producers) from the Nordic film- and television industry, who can apply in teams (applicants may apply either single or in teams of 2 or 3 participants); it is a requirement that one of the applicants has a registered production company. Newcomers are encouraged to apply in collaboration with established partners.

The Fund accepts projects with mainly own investment in place (early stage development), as well as projects with further funding in place (advanced stage of development). The same applies to the stage of writing; projects with a 1st draft in place are accepted, as well as projects in earlier stages, i.e. long synopsis or treatment. 

Only feature film projects are accepted (yet, they may contain elements that can unfold across other media platforms). 

Nordic Genre Boost 2017 / PHOTO: Nftf

Workshop dates & venues
Each workshop will be a maximum of 4 days plus travel. 

5-9 April 2017 - 1st residential workshop in cooperation with the Night Visions Festival in Helsinki.
22-25 August 2017 - 2nd residential workshop during the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund.
There will be 1 online session between the workshops.

There is no participation fee.
Nordic Genre Boost covers accommodation and subsistence costs. Travel to the 2 workshops is to be included in the project’s development budget.


Application submission closed 12 December 2016.

Requested online application materials

  1. CVs
  2. Previous works (links)
  3. Motivation - for wanting to participate incl. expectations up to 150 words
  4. Project presentation - up to 300 words
  5. Long synopsis - up to 600 words
  6. Budget & Financing plan for the development – please indicate if other financiers are already involved
  7. Development plan incl. time plan (needs & wishes) - up to 600 words
  8. Initial Marketing & Audience Engagement strategy - up to 600 words
  9. Visual material of the project (if any)

All materials are to be delivered in English. See the checklist for further details.

For complete rules and regulations, please see the Nordic Genre Boost-guidelines below.

Supported web browsers for the application form
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These versions are the minimum requirements.
Firefox is currently NOT supported.

Deadlines and important dates
Application submission opens: 7 November 2016 9:00 CET
Application deadline: 12 December 2016 24:00 CET

Applicants may be invited to a Skype-interview during January 2017

The selected projects will be announced 17 February 2017

Preparation for the 1st residential workshop during March 2017

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

Petri Kemppinen
+47 64 00 60 81

Nordic Genre Boost

Project Manager
Valeria Richter

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

Project Manager - applications
Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes
+47 64 00 60 80