Nordisk Film & TV Fond supports four films, three documentaries in its December round of support
12 JANUARY 2021
Sabaya / PHOTO: Hogir Hirori
WRITTEN BY: Annika Pham
Fund grants NOK 11.5 million in production funding.
12 JANUARY 2021
Copenhagen Doesn’t Exist (Københaven finds ikke)
Grant: NOK 1,200,000
Recipient: Snowglobe, Denmark Producers: Eva Jakobsen, Katrin Pors, Mikkel Jersin
Director: Martin Skovbjerg Writer: Eskil Vogt Domestic distribution: Scanbox
Story: A young woman has disappeared without a trace. Three months later her boyfriend agrees to an unusual arrangement: to be locked in an apartment and be interrogated by the woman’s father. It soon becomes obvious that even long before her disappearance, the two lovers had chosen a strange and unconventional life: cut off from the world, isolated in the middle of the big city.
Top Norwegian writer Eskil Vogt (Joachim Trier’s regular writing partner) had the idea for the script, based on the book ‘Sander’ by Norwegian journalist and author Terje Holtet Larsen.
The film is co-produced by Norway’s Oslo Pictures, Zentropa Sweden, with co-financing from DR, SVT, support from the Danish Film Institute, the Norwegian Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute, Eurimages, Creative Europe.
Norsk Filmdistribusjon will handle the Norwegian theatrical release in 2022.
Grant: NOK 1,500,000
Recipient: Meta Film, Denmark Producers: Pernille Munk Skydsgaard, Sara Namer
Director: Frederikke Aspöck Domestic distribution: SF Studios Story: Empire is a non-traditional period piece, packed with women of colour, power and will.
War Sailor (Krigseileren)
Grant: NOK 4,000,000 Recipient: Mer Film, Norway Producer: Maria Ekerhovd
Director: Gunnar Vikene Domestic distribution: Scandinavian Film Distribution
Story: Set during WW2 and inspired by true events, it’s a story about love and loss, about the moral and emotional effects of war.Further details will soon be announced.
When the Robbers Came to Cardamom (Folk og røvere i Kardemomme by)
Grant: NOK 3,000,000
Recipient: Qvisten Animation, Norway Producers: Heidi Sandberg and Åshild Ramborg
Director: Rasmus A. Sivertsen
Writers: Karsten Fullu, Ingrid Haukelidsæter
Domestic distribution: Nordisk Film Story: The animated film is based on the popular children’s book by Norwegian author Thorbjørn Egner (In the Forest of Hucky Bucky). It’s the story of the three robbers Casper, Jasper and Jonathan, who live outside of Cardamom Town. They are not happy with their lives and would like to live like normal people. After robbing the town several times, they are finally caught and put in jail. When a fire breaks out in the tower of the town, the robbers come to help and become the heroes of the day. The film will be an energetic and colourful animated musical for the whole family.
The film is co-produced by Denmark’s Copenhagen Bombay, with support from the Norwegian Film Institute, Zefyr Media Fund, the Danish Film Institute and the West Danish Film Fund.
Grant: NOK 600,000
Recipient: UpNorth Film, Norway
Producers: Christian Aune Falch, Håvard Bustnes
Director: Håvard Bustnes Domestic distribution: NRK World sales: DR Sales Story: An eccentric duo consisting of a Dane and the great-grandson of the Apache leader Geronimo, tries to find a lost Apache tribe in the infamous Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico. Apache! is a documentary about the controversial topic of cultural appropriation.
The film is co-produced by Auto Images’ Ove R. Jensen, Sweden, and Napa Film’s Liisa Karpo, Finland, in association with NRK, DR, Yle, with support from the Norwegian Film Institute and Midnorsk Filmsenter.
The premiere is set for 2022.
Nelly & Nadine
Grant: NOK 850,000
Recipient: Auto Images, Sweden Producer: Ove Rishøj Jensen
Director: Magnus Gertten Domestic distribution: SVT World Sales: Rise & Shine World Sales Story: Two women fall in love on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Now Nelly’s grandchild, Sylvie, has decided to open their personal archives and uncover their remarkable story.
Nelly & Nadine is Magnus Gertten’s third film in the “April 28 trilogy” about Holocaust survivors arriving in Malmö on April 28, 1945 in white buses from the Red Cross. The first two films were Harbour of Hope and Every Face Has a Name.
The film is co-produced by Norway’s Upnorth Film and Belgium’s Associate Directors, in association with SVT, DR, Yle, RÚV, VRT, RTBF, support from the Swedish Film Institute, Filmi Skåne, the Norwegian Film Institute, Midnorsk Filmsenter, Fritt Ord, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund and Creative Europe, Media. The premiere is set for the summer 2021.
Sabaya Grant: NOK 350,000 Recipient: Lolav Media, Sweden Producers: Antonio Russo Merenda, Hogir Hirori Director: Hogir Hirori Domestic distribution: SVT World sales: Dogwoof Film Sales Story: With just a mobile phone and a gun, Mahmud, Ziyad and their group risk their lives trying to save Yazidi women and girls being held by ISIS as Sabaya (sex slaves) in the most dangerous camp in the Middle East, Al-Hol in Syria.
The latest film by the acclaimed director of The Deminer will have its world premiere in competition at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.
The film is produced by Lolav Media and Ginestra Film, in co-production with SVT, in association with Yle and VGTV, support from the Swedish Film Institute, Film Stockholm/Filmbasen. The premiere is set for late summer-early fall 2021.
NOK 250,000 to NonStop Entertainment, Sweden for the release of the Finnish film Tove.
NOK 220,000 in slate support to Another World Entertainment, Norway for the release of the Swedish film The Other Side and Finnish film Tove.
NOK 130,000 to Norsk Filmdistribusjon, Norway for the release of the Danish film Shorta.
NOK 105,000 to Camera Film, Denmark for the release of the Swedish film About Endlessness.
Industry Initiatives Support
NOK 530,000 to the Göteborg Film Festival for the industry event Nordic Film Market.
NOK 50,000 to Copenhagen TV Festival for the 2020 Copenhagen Masterclasses
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