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Country Focus: Norway

Articles, interviews, news, analysis on the Norwegian audiovisual sector.

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Country profile: Norway

Country profile: Norway

27 December 2020

Europa Distribution looks for ways to win audiences off the sofa in Haugesund

Haugesund 2022 – New Nordic Films

Europa Distribution looks for ways to win audiences off the sofa in Haugesund

The members of the European distributors network put the focus on building a community around film releases  

13 September 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Magnus Gertten’s documentary Nelly & Nadine sells to five new territories

Industry / Market - Sweden/Belgium/Norway

EXCLUSIVE: Magnus Gertten’s documentary Nelly & Nadine sells to five new territories

After premiering at the Berlinale and being selected for over 40 festivals, the picture will now be distributed theatrically in Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Austria and Israel  

29 August 2022

Norwegian film folks sum up their experience of New Nordic Films 2022

Haugesund 2022 – New Nordic Films

Norwegian film folks sum up their experience of New Nordic Films 2022

Producers Yngve Sæther and Thomas Robsahm shared their assessment of Haugesund’s industry platform, alongside NFI international relations manager Stine Oppegaard  

29 August 2022

Naures Sager’s The Love Pill wins the Best Project Award at Haugesund

Haugesund 2022 – New Nordic Films/Awards

Naures Sager’s The Love Pill wins the Best Project Award at Haugesund

The Swedish project ended up being the big winner of New Nordic Films; the award enables participation in the Producers Network at the Marché du Film  

26 August 2022

Europa Distribution wonders how the industry can win audiences back to cinemas at Haugesund

Haugesund 2022 - New Nordic Films

Europa Distribution wonders how the industry can win audiences back to cinemas at Haugesund

In collaboration with New Nordic Films, the professional network is organising a panel on 25 August  

23 August 2022

Haugesund’s New Nordic Films announces its Nordic Co-Production Market projects

Haugesund 2022 - New Nordic Films

Haugesund’s New Nordic Films announces its Nordic Co-Production Market projects

A total of 23 new projects in development will be pitched at the market of the leading Norwegian festival  

17 August 2022

New Nordic Films announces its Works in Progress and Market Screenings

Haugesund 2022 - New Nordic Films

New Nordic Films announces its Works in Progress and Market Screenings

The leading Norwegian industry event returns in Haugesund for four days, covering all of the major trends in regional cinema  

16 August 2022

National film agencies from Estonia, Ireland, Spain and the Nordics launch the European Writers’ Club initiative

Série Series 2022

National film agencies from Estonia, Ireland, Spain and the Nordics launch the European Writers’ Club initiative

Backed by the EU and launched at this year’s Série Series, the effort aims to increase collaboration on high-end series projects across the continent  

07 July 2022

Cineuropa asks the experts: “Why is piracy increasing in the Nordic countries?”

Industry / Market - Sweden/Denmark/Finland/Norway

Cineuropa asks the experts: “Why is piracy increasing in the Nordic countries?”

According to the latest figures published by Mediavision, 17% of all people aged 15-74 in the region illegally streamed or downloaded films and TV episodes last month  

28 June 2022

Studiocanal seals a film output deal with Scanbox Entertainment

Industry / Market - France/Finland/Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Iceland

Studiocanal seals a film output deal with Scanbox Entertainment

The agreement will see Studiocanal’s slate of movies released in the Nordic countries, including the likes of Cédric Klapisch’s Rise and Eric Lartigau’s This One Summer  

23 June 2022

Nine European public funds launch New Dawn to increase diversity in film

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

Nine European public funds launch New Dawn to increase diversity in film

CANNES 2022: Due to be set in motion at the Marché du Film on 22 May, in its first year, the new joint effort will grant total bursaries of €900,000  

20 May 2022

The Nordisk Film & TV Fond’s latest report defines 2021 as “a year of strife, dialogue and glory”

Industry / Market - Norway

The Nordisk Film & TV Fond’s latest report defines 2021 as “a year of strife, dialogue and glory”

The Oslo-based body registered a record number of applications for fiction projects, invested 126.25 million Norwegian crowns (€12.83 million) and increased its backing of documentaries by 20%  

04 May 2022

The UK's BritBox set to launch in Scandinavia on 28 April

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Sweden/Norway/Finland/Denmark/UK

The UK's BritBox set to launch in Scandinavia on 28 April

The streaming service’s rich slate of audiovisual productions will include Britbox Originals, exclusive new series and TV classics  

25 April 2022

Viaplay and NBCUniversal Global Distribution ink a multi-year content deal

Industry / Market - Sweden/Finland/Denmark/ Norway/Iceland/Netherlands/Poland/USA

Viaplay and NBCUniversal Global Distribution ink a multi-year content deal

The new partnership, covering more than 400 titles, will make Viaplay the exclusive streaming home of DreamWorks Animation series in all five Nordic countries, the Netherlands and Poland  

24 February 2022

The Nordisk Film and TV Fond asks, “What future awaits Nordic features?”

Industry / Market - Finland/Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Iceland

The Nordisk Film and TV Fond asks, “What future awaits Nordic features?”

The debate covered several key topics, including content, production volumes, and flexible funding models and distribution windows  

01 February 2022

The Norwegian government sets aside 65 million Norwegian crowns to support productions hit by the coronavirus crisis

Industry / Market - Norway

The Norwegian government sets aside 65 million Norwegian crowns to support productions hit by the coronavirus crisis

With this provision, the Norwegian Film Institute reintroduces and enhances the schemes "Production 2" and "Corona-related production guarantee"  

28 January 2022

HBO enjoys major growth in the Nordics and adds over 635,000 subscribing households following Max launch

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Sweden/Denmark/Finland/Norway/USA

HBO enjoys major growth in the Nordics and adds over 635,000 subscribing households following Max launch

The new figures disclosed by Mediavision show that the streaming giant is now back in the region’s top three, with an average household penetration of just below 20%  

17 January 2022

Industry experts analyse the opportunities and the challenges brought about by the surge in VoD services in the Nordic countries

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Sweden/Norway/Denmark/Finland

Industry experts analyse the opportunities and the challenges brought about by the surge in VoD services in the Nordic countries

The NAGRA Kudelski webinar saw five panellists discussing audience engagement strategies, growth drivers, consumption trends and marketing content within the regional and international context  

02 December 2021

NENT Group sells 12 production labels to Fremantle

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Denmark/Finland/Norway/Sweden/USA

NENT Group sells 12 production labels to Fremantle

The agreement covers one studio based in Denmark, three in Finland, six in Norway and two in Sweden  

04 October 2021

How can Nordic films reach an international audience?

Haugesund 2021 - New Nordic Films

How can Nordic films reach an international audience?

The circulation and promotion of Scandinavian films is the focus of an Europa Distribution panel at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films  

14 September 2021

Jeppe Rønde’s Acts of Love wins the Best Project Award at Haugesund

Haugesund 2021 – New Nordic Films/Awards

Jeppe Rønde’s Acts of Love wins the Best Project Award at Haugesund

The Danish project ended up being the big winner of New Nordic Films, this year held both online and on site  

30 August 2021

Haugesund’s New Nordic Films announces its Nordic Co-Production Market projects

Haugesund 2021 - New Nordic Films

Haugesund’s New Nordic Films announces its Nordic Co-Production Market projects

A total of 19 new projects in development will be pitched at the market of the leading Norwegian festival  

13 August 2021

New Nordic Films announces its Works in Progress and Market Screenings

Haugesund 2021 - New Nordic Films

New Nordic Films announces its Works in Progress and Market Screenings

The leading industry event will run both on site in Haugesund and online for four days, covering all of the major trends in regional cinema  

13 August 2021

A digital panel explores the benefits of inclusive storytelling in animation at Cannes

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

A digital panel explores the benefits of inclusive storytelling in animation at Cannes

CANNES 2021: The panel, featuring representatives of Disney and the International Sámi Film Institute, showcased the companies’ successful collaboration on Frozen 2  

12 July 2021

Documentary Arica prompts intervention from UN Human Rights Rapporteurs

Institutions / Legislation - Sweden/Chile/Belgium/Norway/UK

Documentary Arica prompts intervention from UN Human Rights Rapporteurs

Lars Edman and William Johansson’s feature documents the devastation caused by a Swedish mining giant in a Chilean desert town  

02 June 2021

“Pandemic as an opportunity”: Four Emerging Producers have their say

Emerging Producers 2021

“Pandemic as an opportunity”: Four Emerging Producers have their say

The discussion, organised by Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival and moderated by Cineuropa's editor-in-chief Domenico La Porta, was held online on 16 April  

20 April 2021

The Norwegian Film Institute sets aside up to 20 million Norwegian crowns for a new production guarantee

Industry / Market - Norway

The Norwegian Film Institute sets aside up to 20 million Norwegian crowns for a new production guarantee

The film agency has approved “Guarantee 2”, a support scheme aimed at helping film and series productions affected by the travel restrictions and unable to change or postpone their plans  

08 April 2021

The Norwegian Film Institute earmarks over €2.4 million in support of the country’s film sector

Industry / Market - Norway

The Norwegian Film Institute earmarks over €2.4 million in support of the country’s film sector

The film agency will back a number of festivals, regional cinematheques and film clubs with a total of 25 million Norwegian crowns  

04 February 2021

Norway’s 2020 box office records an historic 35.6% market share for domestic productions

Box Office - Norway

Norway’s 2020 box office records an historic 35.6% market share for domestic productions

Nevertheless, last year saw a 57.1% drop in admissions, according to figures published by the association Film & Kino  

27 January 2021

16 promising projects ready for Haugesund’s Works in Progress event

Haugesund 2020 - New Nordic Films

16 promising projects ready for Haugesund’s Works in Progress event

Day 3 at the New Nordic Films film market is predominantly about works in progress  

17 August 2020

Fresh pitches from Isabella Eklöf, Teemu Nikki and Fridrik Thor Fridriksson at Haugesund’s Nordic Co-Production Market

Haugesund 2020 - New Nordic Films

Fresh pitches from Isabella Eklöf, Teemu Nikki and Fridrik Thor Fridriksson at Haugesund’s Nordic Co-Production Market

16 new projects in development will be pitched at the co-production market kicking off today at the Norwegian festival’s New Nordic Films industry days  

17 August 2020

Long live the “Fresh Flesh” at the Marché du Film

Cannes 2020 – Marché du Film

Long live the “Fresh Flesh” at the Marché du Film

CANNES 2020: Forget Nordic noir – for the rising genre filmmakers from the North, it’s all about folklore these days  

26 June 2020

Scandinavian Films’ first webinar explores new shooting strategies in the time of COVID-19

Cannes 2020 – Marché du Film

Scandinavian Films’ first webinar explores new shooting strategies in the time of COVID-19

CANNES 2020: The Marché du Film webinar, entitled “Pandemic Production: Lessons Learned in the Nordics”, saw the participation of four filmmakers from the region  

26 June 2020

The Norwegian film industry to receive €7.7 million to fight the COVID-19 crisis

Industry / Market - Norway

The Norwegian film industry to receive €7.7 million to fight the COVID-19 crisis

The financial boost from the government and the national film agency will help to limit the damage caused by the pandemic  

19 May 2020

Haugesund’s New Nordic Films opts for a partial online edition

Haugesund 2020 – New Nordic Films

Haugesund’s New Nordic Films opts for a partial online edition

The major Nordic industry event is already exploring a digital plan B set to run on its original dates, according to its programme director, Gyda Velvin Myklebust  

22 April 2020

Norway’s Filmweb Drive-In Cinema proves successful in the time of the coronavirus

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Norway/Lithuania

Norway’s Filmweb Drive-In Cinema proves successful in the time of the coronavirus

The drive-in cinema, based just outside of Oslo, hosted 28 sold-out screenings between 7 and 14 April, attracting nearly 10,000 viewers; Lithuania is following suit  

17 April 2020

Less Is More Pre-Writing Workshops grasp the roots of participants’ ideas

LIM 2020

Less Is More Pre-Writing Workshops grasp the roots of participants’ ideas

The specialised workshops welcome local talents with projects at the pre-development stage in order to dig deeper into their ideas before they reach the next creative phase  

23 March 2020

22 July wins the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize

Göteborg 2020 - Göteborg Industry

22 July wins the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize

The writer of the series, Sara Johnsen, has snagged the circa €20,000 award in a competition that included four other Nordic series  

30 January 2020

The Sørfond Pitching Forum showcases six projects

Industry / Market - Norway

The Sørfond Pitching Forum showcases six projects

At the industry event held in Oslo, filmmakers and producers from Latin America, Africa and Asia presented their films to an audience of Norwegian producers  

15 November 2019

NRK’s funding model changes while Norway pushes VoD platforms to invest in local content

Institutions / Legislation - Norway

NRK’s funding model changes while Norway pushes VoD platforms to invest in local content

The national pubcaster will now be financed through a tax instead of a licence, and the Minister of Culture is looking at forcing global streaming platforms to invest locally  

17 October 2019

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