Norwegian culture minister Linda Hofstad Helleland has announced plans for a new pan-regional fund to support Scandinavia film and TV, which will be administered by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond.
The announcement was made at the Norwegian International Film Festival during a seminar to discuss new business models which can secure diverse and high-quality Nordic film and TV series content for the public.
“The initiative comes from the Nordic film institutes, which discussed it with us, and it is great to hear of political interest so soon,” said CEO Petri Kemppinen, of the Nordisk Film & TV Fond.
The pan-regional fund will operate across Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
“During the first half of 2017, Norwegian cinemas registered the largest number of admissions in ten years. These are exciting years. There is an international focus on Nordic TV series – Shame, The Bridge (pictured), Borgen,” Linda Hofstad Helleland added.
“The world is coming to Nordic countries to produce films, with both Norway and Finland following Iceland’s example and organised incentive programs to attract international projects.
“I am sure that if we decide to work together, we will be able to meet the challenges the film and TV industries are facing; jointly we have a larger audience potential, and we can provide bigger budgets,” she concluded.