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DISTRIBUTION Scandinavia

Nordisk Film & TV Fond supports foreign buyers

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Oslo-based Nordisk Film & TV Fond is to offer distributors outside the Nordic region, who acquire selected Nordic films during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF-September 10-19, 2009) a special grant to help them release those titles in their home territory.

The one-off ‘International Cinema Distribution Support’ holds a total budget of minimum €200,000, provided as a cash grant, not subject to reimbursement. Distributors outside of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, who acquire some of the 13 Nordic films screening as part of TIFF 2009, can apply for the grant before December 1st 2009. “Together, the Nordic region stands stronger both in terms of quality and volume. We shall use that to a maximum on a global market where the competition is getting tougher by the day. A Pan-Nordic International Distribution Support Scheme must be tried out now, said Hanne Palmquist, Nordisk Film & TV Fond CEO.

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The 13 titles eligible for support include Lars von Trier’s Antichrist [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Lars von Trier
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]
, Jesper Ganslandt’s The Ape [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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, Martin Pieter Zandvliet’s Applause [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Martin Pieter Zandvliet
film profile
]
, Ole Bornedal’s Deliver us from Evil [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, the Norwegian blockbuster Max Manus [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Fridrik Thór Fridriksson’s documentary Sunshine Boy, the Danish family film Timetrip: the Curse of the Viking Witch, Margreth Olin’s debut feature The Angel, Dagur Kári’s English language film The Good Heart [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Mika Kaurismäki’s The House of Branching Love [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
, Matias Armand Jordal’s debut film Together [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Valhalla Rising [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nicolas Winding Refn
film profile
]
, and Erik Gandini’s documentary Videocracy [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
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All details about the new scheme will be announced in Toronto on September 12, during a special ‘High Five Toronto Event’ organised by Nordisk Film & TV Fond with the Nordic film institutes and the films’ respective sales companies. A showreel featuring some of the best upcoming Nordic films will be screened at the event, supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Globalisation Pool.

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