Feature Films 

  • Sihja Fly With Me (Sihja) 
    Grant: NOK 2,000,000
    Recipient: Tuffi Films, Finland
    Producers: Venla Hellstedt, Elli Toivoniemi
    Writers: Kirsikka Saari, Jenni Toivoniemi
    Director: Marja Pyykkö
    Key cast: Justus Hentula, Elina Patrakka, Elmer Bäck, Eero Ritala, Pirjo Lonka
    Domestic distribution: SF Studios
    Premiere: August 2020
    Story: The live action film for children aged 7-12 tells of an unconventional fairy and an eccentric boy who overcome their own fears and obstacles in order to save the nature. Sihja Fly With Me will be the first kids’ movie for the established Maria Pyykkö (Hooked, Run Sister Run!).

    Hellstedt said: “We wanted to make a film for the whole family, a film that feels real, is exciting, entertaining and has true feelings. It will also have high production value and deeper layers.”

    The film is co-produced by Windmill Film in the Netherlands, Den Siste Skilling in Norway, with SF Studios, Yle, Planet X, Posthouse Storyline, Business Tampere incentives, support from the Finnish Film Foundation, Norwegian Film Institute, Eurimages, Dutch Film Fonds and Creative Europe.
  • Oh, To Be a Butterfly (Lille sommerfugl)
    Grant: NOK 1,800,000
    Recipient: Snowglobe, Denmark
    Producers: Mikkel Jersin, Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobsen
    Writer/director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
    Key cast: Jesper Christensen, Karen-Lise Mynster, Peder Thomas Pedersen,
    Domestic distribution: Nordisk Film
    Premiere: November 5, 2020
    Story: The film follows the stubborn pig farmer Ernst and his wife Louise as they celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in the local assembly hall. During the long and festive party, truths emerge and the family is put to the ultimate test. 

    The film is produced by Denmark’s Snowglobe, in co-production with Iceland’s Pegasus Pictures, in association with Nordisk Film, and support from the Danish Film Institute, the Icelandic Film Centre, Iceland’s Ministry of Industry and Innovation, Sena and Síminn.
  • A Taste of Hunger (Smagen af sult)
    Grant: NOK 1,800,000
    Recipient: Zentropa Entertainment
    Producer: Louise Vesth
    Writers: Christoffer Boe, Tobias Lindholm
    Director: Christoffer Boe
    Domestic distribution: Nordisk Film
    Details about the film will be unveiled very soon.


TV series

  • Women and Wine (Kvinner & cava)
    Format: 8x29’
    Grant: NOK 1,350,000
    Recipient: Ape & Bjørn
    Writers: Liv Karin Dahlstrøm, Thorkild Schrumpf
    Director: Liv Karin Dahlstrøm
    Key cast: Ingunn Øyen
    Commissioning broadcaster: NRK
    Expected premiere: fall 2020
    Story: The comedy focuses on Merethe (49) who tries to deal with the empty nest syndrome and new life opportunities. Menopause just kicked in and her dreams for the future have turned into a fear that she has reached her use-by-date.

    The series pre-sold to SVT, DR, YLE and RÚV, also received support from the Norwegian Film Institute, Filmkraft and Zefyr.


Documentary

  • Red Ring (Punainen ympyrä)
    Grant: NOK 400,000
    Recipient: Oktober
    Producers: Satu Majava, Joonas Berghäll
    Director: Joonas Berghäll
    Expected premiere: 2021
    Story: Joonas Berghäll, who suffers from chronic Lyme disease, seeks a cure to his illness and answers to why efforts are not made to stop the global Lyme disease epidemic before it is too late.

    Berghäll who has directed the acclaimed Steam of Life, said Red Ring will be different in style and pace from his earlier works, much more fast and vibrant, using an ‘American’ style. “This will be an investigative film, where “sick Michael Moore” seeks answers,” says the director.

    The film is coproduced by Sweden WG Film and Germany’s Tondowski Film, with co-financing from YLE, SVT, ARTE, ERR.


Distribution Support

  • NOK 600,000 slate support to Arthaus for the release in Norway of three films including Levan Akin’s And Then We Dance (SE) and Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Echo (IS) 
  • NOK 200,000 to Nordisk Film Norway for the release of Mikael Håfström’s The Perfect Patient (SE) 
  • NOK 120,000 to Cinema Mondo for the release in Finland of Levan Akin’s And Then We Danced (SE)

Cultural Initiatives Support 

  • NOK 60,000 to Filmgreb for Young Nordic Producers Club 
  • NOK 45,000 to ACE Producers for Nordic Focus Training Days