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Seven new features selected for the Nordic Genre Boost


- Out of 83 applications, the Nordisk Film & TV Fond has picked three sci-fi and four other projects to be developed further at workshops in Helsinki and Haugesund

Seven new features selected for the Nordic Genre Boost

The Oslo-based Nordisk Film & TV Fond has selected seven new Nordic feature projects out of 83 applications for its second package of the Nordic Genre Boost, which will run throughout 2016: each production will receive €22,000 in development support and access to two residential workshops with tutoring in script development, marketing and sales.

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“It is thrilling to see the high level of ambition and originality for this year’s edition,” said Petri Kemppinen, managing director of the Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Boost manager Valeria Richter will organise the workshops at Helsinki’s Night Visions International Film Festival (13-17 April) and at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films (22-25 August) with new guest tutors: Todd Brown, head of acquisitions at Los Angeles’ XYZ Films, and Lindsay Peters, market-industry director at Montreal’s Frontières International Co-Production Market.

The first Nordic Genre Boost films included Danish director Marie Grahto’s sci-fi drama Teenage Jesus, voted Best Pitch at last year’s Nordic Co-Production and Financing Forum in Haugesund; The Troll Hunter [+see also:
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, now in post-production.

Here is the list of the 2016 Nordic Genre Boost participants:

Bente and the Mutant ScoutsTor Fruergaard. Producer: Claudia Saginario, for Good Company Films. Pitched as an “animation/body horror fun”. Scripted by Sissel Dalsgaard, Fruergaard’s feature debut follows ten-year-old Bente, who is sent to a scout camp, where she has to fight off mutants with her new friends. 

Birds of a FeatherHanna Bergholm. Producer: Mika Ritalahti, for Silva Mysterium. Pitched as a “horror-drama”. Written by Ilja Rautsi, Bergholm’s first feature portrays a 12-year-old girl who is a perfectionist and hatches a bird-like doppelgänger to carry out her darkest wishes.

Memory of WaterSaara Saarela. Producers: Misha Jaari and Mark Lwoff, for Bufo. Pitched as a “dystopian drama”. Based on Emmi Itäranta’s novel, the film is set in a futuristic Lapland, where water is a luxury and is rationed by the military. A young woman discovers a secret water source – will she let it run free? 

Deep DownIzer Aliu. Producer: Mikael Diseth, for Fantefilm Fiksjon. Pitched as a “sci-fi”. Scripted by Magnus Aspli, it depicts a drilling mission in the Arctic Ocean, which turns up a strange substance that marine biologist Maria must investigate in order to survive.

SubstituteHenrik Martin Dahlsbakken. Producer: Finn Gjerdrum, for Paradox. Pitched as a “sci-fi thriller”. In Jan Trygve Røyneland’s story, memory archivist Eric returns from his sudden death as a so-called human substitute, only to discover that he was murdered.

The DamnedThordur Palsson. Producers: Kamilla Hodøl and Emilie Jouffroy, for FilmBros. Pitched as a “psychological horror”. Palsson’s feature debut, which he also wrote, is set in 1874: Eva starts losing her perspective in a small Icelandic frontier village, crazed by guilt and superstition.

East by ElevenOlaf de Fleur. Producer: Kristin Andrea Thordardottir, for Poppoli Pictures. Written by de Fleur, the movie revolves around the global UNCC organisation, which has launched a physical memory system to save prisoners’ memories for investigative purposes.

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