List of September support:

Feature films

  • Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond (Kaptein Sabeltann og den magiske diamant), Norway
    Grant: NOK 2,700,000
    Recipient: Qvisten Animation
    Producers: Eirik Smidesang Slåen, Ove Heiborg, heidi Palm Sandberg 
    Directors: Rasmus A. Sivertsen and Marit Moum Aune
    Writer: Karsten Fullu, based on the popular fictional character created by Terje Formoe.
    Voice cast: Jon Øigarden, Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Tobias Santelmann, Charlotte Frogner
    Status: production Premiere Norway: September 27, 2019, Nordisk Film World sales: Sola Media

    The NOK 45m film is co-financed by Filminvest, Kaptein Sabeltann AS, Kristiansand Zoo and Family Park, publishing house Vigmostad Bjørke, post production houses Uhørt and The Lipp, Nordisk Invest, with support from Norwegian Film Institute.

    Story: Three young pirates on the search for a lost brother, a vampire with heavy sunburns, a shape shifting queen and a raging ape army - Captain Sabertooth will face plenty of challenges when he sets out to find a lost magic diamond.

    After a series of puppet animated films, including In the Forest of Huckybucky, Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond will be made as a GCI animated film. Producer Eirik Smidesang Slåen said: “We have great ambitions for the film in the Nordic countries through the collaboration with Nordisk Film. On an international level, this is also by far our most ambitious project as an animation studio. Animation is growing rapidly in film markets worldwide, and we are aiming to make a film that will appeal to Chinese audience members as well as German.” 
  • Hope (Håp), Norway
    Grant: NOK 1,700,000
    Recipient: Motlys
    Producer: Thomas Robsahm 
    Writer/director: Maria Sødahl
    Cast: Andrea Bræn Hovig, Stellan Skarsgård,
    Producer: Thomas Robsahm of Motlys
    Status: pre-production
    Premiere Norway: late 2019, SF Studios
    World Sales: TrustNordisk

    The NOK 28.5m film is co-produced by Zentropa, with support from the Norwegian Film Institute.

    Story: What happens with love when you get three months left to live? When Anja gets terminal cancer, her life with Tomas and 6 children breaks down and exposes neglected love. Is it possible to learn to truly love each other after a long life together?

    Sødahl had her international breakthrough with Limbo that won Best Director-ex aequo in Montreal and picked up 10 Amanda nominations in 2011.

    The director said about her film: “My curiosity is not as much about dealing with cancer, as with what a sudden presence of death can do to us. Through examining a couples long life together during Christmas, I want to make an honest and unsentimental film. Full of human inadequacy, existential chaos, absurd humour, as well as grief over a lost future. A film primarily experienced with the gut, not only head and heart. I want to give the audience a physical experience, leaving them exhausted by all the uncertainty and emotional turbulence. Finally, I believe that themes and characters can revolve around issues that may challenge the viewers perspective on their own lives.”
  • Vinski and the Invisibility Powder
    (Vinski ja näkymättömyyspulveri
    ), Finland
    Grant: NOK1,250,000
    Recipient: Snapper Films
    Producer: Juha Wuolijoki
    Director: Juha Wuolijoki
    Writers: Juha Wuolijoki, Mauri Ahola, based on the 1954 book Koko kaupungin Vinski (Vinski of the Town) by Aapeli.
    Status: pre-production
    Premiere Finland: N/A, Nordisk Film
    World Sales: N/A

    The €1.7m film received co-financing from MTV, Nordisk Film, private equity, and support from the Finnish Film Foundation, Creative Media, Regional Council of North Karelia and The Church Media Foundation.

    Story: Vinski (10) feels like an outsider, until he meets a mysterious pharmacist who gives him a bottle of magical power that allows him to become invisible. With his new magic power, Vinski starts to help local people but a bunch of crooks want to steel the powder.

    Wuolijoki said: “The book has a lot of Finnish fans across three generations and it is well-known abroad. I read it when I was a kid and loved it! Magical fantasy set in Finland is very unusual but it feels fresh and modern. The story’s appeal is fun and universal. Who would not want to be invisible and be able to walk through the walls??”


  • The Curtain Fall (Før tæppefald), Denmark 
    Grant: NOK 800,000
    Recipient: Plus Pictures
    Producer: Mette Heide
    Director: Anders Østergaard
    Appearance: Bruno Ganz
    World sales: DR Sales

    Story: At Goebbels’ mercy, two young Jewish musicians, Gunther and Rosemarie, played in the bizarre organisation; Jüdischer Kulturbund in the confusing 1930s. Performing under unimaginable circumstances, they found themselves falling in love, in a country bent on destroying them.

Distribution support

  • NOK 540,000 to Camera Film, Denmark, for the films Border, X&Y, Woman at War 
  • NOK 150,000 to Another World Entertainment Norway AS for the film Border 
  • NOK 50,000 to DOXBIO, Denmark for the film The Feminist-A Swedish Inspiration 
  • NOK 180,000 to Nordisk Film, Finland for the film Becoming Astrid 
  • NOK 30,000 to Finlandsinstitutet, Sweden for the film Laugh or Die 
  • NOK 200,000 to Tour de Force, Norway for the documentary Reconstructing Utøya.

Dubbing support

  • NOK 100,000 to Storytelling Media for the film Vitello

Film Cultural Initiative

  • NOK110,000 to the Danish Film Institute for the initiative ‘Bigger Business’, which looks into how Nordic companies have expanded their business.