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  • Swedish films take 40% market share in first quarter


    Swedish cinema got off to 'an incredibly strong' start in 2009, according to the Swedish Film Institute's head of statistics Thomas Bryntesson.
  • Swedish film centre receives $1m in EU funding


    Filmpool Stockholm-Mälardalen, a new regional film centre in the Swedish capital, has received $1m (Euro 755,000) in funding from the European Union’s regional developmentfund. The money aims to improve the competitiveness of the local industry.
  • Finnish Film Foundation receives $6.7m funding boost


    The Finnish Film Foundation will receive $6.7 million (Euro 5m) of state funding in addition to the 30% increase in production funding it received following last year's conflict with the industry. The new money was announced today (March 31) as part of a package to support the Finnish economy.
  • Norwegian features take top prizes at Nordic Film Festival


    Norwegian cinema left Normandy having won two top prizes at the Nordic Film Festival in Rouen, which wrapped on Sunday (March 29).
  • Millennium trilogy goes theatrical after Girl With The Dragon Tattoo


    Following the recent success of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, all three films from Swedish author Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy will now be released theatrically.
  • Girl With Dragon Tattoo reaches 1.26m admissions in Scandinavia


    Danish director Niels Arden Oplev's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (aka Men Who Hate Women/Män som hatar kvinnor) is set to become the largest Scandinavian film success ever.
  • Renny Harlin's Finnish biopic Mannerheim delayed due to financing


  • Max Manus main winner at Norwegian film awards


    Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Søndberg's Max Manus, cashed in on five out of its nine nominations for the Kanon Awards the Norwegian film industry's annual prizes.
  • Nordisk hopes for pan-Scandinavian blockbuster with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo


    Danish director Niels Arden Oplev’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Men Who Hate Women or Män som hatar kvinnor at home) - part one of Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium thriller trilogy - could set box-office records with its hotly anticipated opening today in Sweden and Denmark.
  • Finnish Film Foundation helps fund Harlin's homecoming, Mannerheim


    The Finnish Film Foundation (FFF) has awarded $567,000 (Eu450,000) of funding to Finnish director Renny Harlin's come-back to local filmmaking, the $12.6m (Eu10m) Mannerheim, which will be the largest feature film project ever staged in Finland.
  • Sweden's SF Bio installs 3D screens


    Somewhat delayed, Sweden's leading cinema circuit, SF Bio - which programmes 242 screens all over the country - is ready to enter the digital era, having installed Real D equipment in eight auditoria in Stockholm (3), Gothenburg (2) and another three provincial cities.
  • Local films boost Scandinavian box office


    Successful local films played a major part in a strong 2008 at the box office.
  • The Visitor takes Nordic Film Prize at Gothenburg


    Finnish director Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää's The Visitor (Muukalainen) haswon the Nordic Film Prize - $12,800 (SEK 100,000) and a dragon statuette - at Sweden's Gothenburg International Film Festival.
  • Nordic Film Market lines up 200 delegates as Gothenburg film festival kicks off


    200 international film professionals have registered for the 10th Nordic Film Market - the business arm of Sweden's Gothenburg International Film Festival.
  • Sweden's TV 4 takes first steps into theatrical distribution


    Sweden's leading commercial broadcaster, TV4, will enter theatrical distribution with its production of Karin Svärd's drama-documentary, The Way Home-A Film About The Sin, The Guilt And The Shots In Knutby (Vägen Hem - En Film Om Synden, Skulden Och SkottenI Knutby).
  • The Home of Dark Butterflies frontrunner for Jussi awards.


    Finnish director Dome Karukoski's The Home of Dark Butterflies (Tummien perhosten koti) took a total of 10 nominations for the Jussi awards, Finland's national film prize.
  • Everlasting Moments tops Guldbagge awards


    Swedish veteran director Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments picked up four awards, including best film, at the Guldbagge awards.
  • Norwegian film institute backs three features with $3.9m


    The Norwegian film institute has awarded $3.9m (NOK 27.5m) to three Norwegian productions including Erik Skjoldbjærg's next feature, Nokas.
  • Everlasting Moments tops nominations for Guldbagge awards


    Swedish veteran director Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments receivedthehighest number of nominations - eight - for the Guldbagge awards, Sweden's national film prize.
  • Göthenberg Film Festival to open and close with local documentaries


    Sweden 's Göthenberg International Film Festival will bookend its 32nd edition with two local documentaries: Nahid Persson Sarvestani's The Queen And I and Jesper Ganslandt-Martin Degrell's The Film I Am No Longer Talking About.
  • First four films named in Swedish Rookie initiative


    The Swedish Film Institute has announced the first four films in the Rookie project, instigated last year with Swedish Television (SVT) and regional film centre, Film i Väst, to invigorate Swedish film. Set up as one of the institute's counter-measures to meet declining admission figures for domestic cinema, the project should support first, eventually second-time directors with a personal voice and the urge to reach audiences through ...
  • Frozen River wins Stockholm's Bronze Horse


    US director Courtney Hunt left Stockholm with 16lb excess luggage, as her feature debut, Frozen River, was awarded the Bronze Horse - the heavy grand prix - of the 19th Stockholm International Film Festival, which ended on Sunday (Nov 30).
  • Norway opens first all-digital multiplex in the Nordic countries


    The first all-digital multiplex in the Nordic countries has been opened in Norway by Oslo Municipal Cinemas.
  • White Night Wedding is best feature at Icelandic awards


    Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur's White Night Wedding took best feature and six other awards at the Icelandic Film & Television Academy Awards in Reykjavik. The awards honour the local industry.
  • Finnish hit Christmas Story picked up for US by Lightning Media


    Finnish director Juha Wuolijoki’s Christmas Story has been picked up for the US by Lightning Media.
  • Norwegian local admissions look set to be highest for 30 years.


    Admissions for local films in Norway look set to reach record levels in 2008.
  • The Man Who Loved Yngve wins best feature at the Nordic Film Days


    Norwegian director Stian Kristiansen's debut, The Man Who Loved Yngve, won the NDR-Prize for best feature at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, Germany.
  • Bengt Toll appointed head of Swedish Film Institute's Audience Dept


    Bengt Toll, of Swedish regional film centre, Film i Väst in Trollhättan, has been appointed head of the Swedish Film Institute's Audience department, as of February 2009.
  • MRP Matila Röhr Productions and Nordisk Film TV to merge


    Finnish leading production house, MRP Matila Röhr Productions, and Nordisk Film TV - the Finnish subsidiary of Danish major, Nordisk Film - will merge their operations under the banner of Matila-Röhr-Nordisk.
  • US remake of Norwegian Troubled Water optioned by Basil Iwanyk


    Norwegian director Erik Poppe's Troubled Water (De Usynlige) has been optioned by Hollywood producer Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road (Clash of the Titans), for an American version.
  • Komandarev takes Grand Prix at Bergen International Film Festival


    Stefan Komandarev's The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner has received the Grand Prix in the Cinema Extraordinaire competition at Norway's Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF).
  • TrustNordisk takes on US remake Love at First Hiccup


    TrustNordisk will handle international distribution of Love at First Hiccup, the US remake of Danish box-office franchise success, Anya & Victor.
  • Stockholm International Film Festival dedicated to Sydney Pollack


    The 19th edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival has unveiled its 2008 programme, screening more than 170 films from 40 countries.
  • Troell's Everlasting Moments opens Bergen International Film Festival


    Swedish Oscar submission opens 9th edition of Bergen festival with 14 films in competition and 130 films screened over seven days.
  • You, The Livingtakes $70,000Nordic Council Film Prize


    Swedish director Roy Andersson's was today (October 15) awarded the $70,000 Nordic Council Film Prize 2008 - - for You, The Living (Du Levande).
  • Norway has record local opening with Cold Prey II


    Mats Stenberg's Cold Prey II (Fritt vilt II) has set an all-time Norwegian record for a local film with 101,564 admissions during its opening weekend.Previously the record for Norwegian opening admissions was Eva Isaksen's Mother's Elling (Mors Elling) which sold 70,952 tickets.
  • Danish film Dancers opens competition for 50th edition of Nordic Film Days


    The Nordic Film Days main competition programme will open with Danish director Pernille Fischer Christensen's Dancers.
  • Swedish Film Institute announces $3.9m film support


    The Swedish Film Institute has contributed $3.9m (SEK 28.1m) production support for 13 new films. $1.4m (SEK 10m) of that sum is reserved for Swedish directors Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson's first feature, Sound Of Noise.
  • White Wedding Night is Icelandic submission for Oscar


    Comedy White Wedding Nigh, Baltasar Kormákur's fifth feature film, which he scripted, directed and produced, has been submitted as Icelandic Oscar entry
  • Norway names O'Horten as Foreign-Language Oscar submission


    Norwegian director Bent Hamer's O'Horten will fly the Norwegian colours for the Oscar nominations as Best Foreign-Language feature, it was announced today (Sept 18) by the Norwegian Film Institute.
  • Finland submits Home Of Dark Butterflies in Oscar race


    Finnish director Dome Karukoski's The Home of Dark Butterflies (Tummien perhosten koti) will be Finland's official bid for an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature, the Finnish Film Foundation announced today.
  • Everlasting Momentsis Swedish pick forBest Foreign-Language Oscar


    Swedish director Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments (Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick) has been entered as Sweden's candidate forthe best foreign-language filmOscar. Click here to see Screen review.
  • Johan Kling to follow Darling with Trust Me


    Swedish director Johan Kling's Trust Me took $1m (Euros 0.7m) of the $1.8m Swedish Film Institute support for10 local productions.
  • Nordic Prize nominees include Andersson, Kormakur


    Swedish director Roy Andersson's You the Living, which won Sweden's national film prize, the Guldbagga, for Best Film, Best Director and Best Script, is among the five nominees for the $70,000 Nordic Council Film Prize 2008, the largest film trophy in Scandinavia.
  • Börje Hansson named head of production with Svensk Filmindustri


    Swedish producer Börje Hansson has been named head of production with Swedish major Svensk Filmindustri.Since 2005 Hansson has been drama chief with Metronome Film & TV. He has more than 40 features and numerous television series to his credit, including The Beck Crime Series, which has been very successful in the German market.Hansson was previously co-founder, CEO and producer with Filmlance International, backing ...
  • Haugesund's Co-Production Forum welcomes 18 projects


    The third Nordic Co-Production Forum will host 18 feature film projects with budgets between Euros 1.6m-10m. The event opens today at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund.
  • Haugesund's New Nordic Films kicks off with record 325 attendees


    Opening on today with a record number of 325 participants, New Nordic Films - the three-day market section of the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund - will this year present 23 recent Nordic features and 11 works-in-progress, adding 18 projectsat the Nordic Co-Production Forum.'The showcase is intended support
  • In Focus: Norwegian film


    Cold Lunch, Eva Sorhaug's debut feature, will open Critics' Week at the Venice film festival later this month, the first Norwegian film to do so. It will then screen in the Discovery section at the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Preview: Haugesund Norwegian International Film Festival


    This year we have every reason to spell NORWAY with capital letters,' says Hakon Skogrand, programme director of the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund (August 16-23). 'Local films will open and close the festival, and in total there will be 15 premieres of Norwegian films, including all features, documentaries, shorts and graduation titles.'
  • Sci-fi Kenny Begins among 8 features backed in Sweden


    Kenny Starfighter - the hero of a 1997 sci-fi television series in Sweden - will return in a $5.4m (Euros 3.4m) feature, Kenny Begins, produced by Swedish production house, S/S Fladen (which is controlled by Scandinavian major, Nordisk Film), in collaboration with Nordisk and Swedish public broadcaster, SVT, and supported by Swedish regional film centre, Film i Skåne, and the Swedish Film Institute.
  • Nordisk plans two features based on Welfare State


    Scandinavian major, Nordisk Film, has acquired Swedish writer Leif GW Persson's The Fall of the Welfare State (Välfärdsstatens fall) - a trilogy he wrote between 2002-2003) - which it will develop, finance and produce as one or two features for theatrical and a six-part television series.
  • Swedish government pumps $16.5m into commercial films


    From an initiative by the Swedish Film Institute and the Swedish Association of Film Producers, the Swedish government decided yesterday to allocate $16.5m (Euros 10.7m) for a new one-time subsidy scheme, to benefit features with a strong commercial potential.
  • Norwegian Film Institute distributes latest funding of $11.8m


    Norwegian director Marius Holst received the largest cheque, as the Norwegian Film Institute allocated $11.8m (Euros 7.5m) production support for a package of new Norwegian features, and set seven films rolling with costs totalling $54.1m (Euros 34.1m).
  • Swedish Film Institute backs 10 new features


    Signing for $9.3m (Euros 5.8m) production funding, the Swedish Film Institute has set 10 features, five documentaries and seven shorts rolling, including Jorgen Bergmark's A Rational Solution, which won the ARTE France Cinema Award for Jens Jonsson's script at Rotterdam's CineMart, and the new, un-titled film by Mans Herngren.
  • Fallen Angels box-office success spur follow-up package


    The theatrical success of Norwegian director Morten Tyldum's Fallen Angels (Falne engler) - the fourth film in the Varg Veum series based on Gunnar Staalesen's best-selling novels - has whetted the appetite for another package of thrillers starring Trond Espen Seim as the Bergen-based private investigator.
  • Minister Trond Giske kicks off new Norwegian Film Institute


    The new Norwegian Film Institute - formed from the merger of the former institute, the Norwegian Film Fund, and Norwegian Film Development, and the brainchild of culture minister Trond Giske - was set rolling Monday (March 31), after a few last-minute decisions.News reports Friday suggested that the new institution, which handles an annual $57.9m (Euros 37m) state subsidy, was still short of a board, by-laws ...
  • Yellow Bird flies for 13 more Mankell thrillers


    While in production with the $16.8m (Eu10.7m) Millennium Trilogy from the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's novels, Swedish production outfit Yellow Bird has financed a package of 13 Henning Mankell thrillers, which will begin shooting at Ystad in southern Sweden during the summer.
  • Finnish Film Foundation backs seven features


    The Finnish Film Foundation has allocated $2.9m (Eu1.9m) production support for seven new features, including four local films, a co-production with Estonia and two Scandinavia ventures.
  • Mika Kaurismaki to shoot new Finnish feature in July


    Finnish director-producer Mika Kaurismaki will return to local filmmaking to shoot The House of Branching Love (Haarautuvan rakkauden talo), his first feature in Finnish since Zombie and the Ghost Train in 1991.
  • Early returns point to box-office recovery in Norway


    Norwegian cinemas have got off to a flying start in 2008, boosting ticket sales by 27.8% between Jan 1-Feb 21 compared to the same period in 2007, according to statistics published by Norwegian cinema association, Film & Kino.Local films drew 1.7m admissions in the whole of 2007. In the first seven weeks of 2008, however, local film have already registered 527,000 admissions.Nils Gaup's The Kautokeino Rebellion is this year's ...
  • Beta Cinema takes on Norwegian Film Fund-backed Orange Girl


    Norwegian director Eva Dahr's The Orange Girl (Appelsinpiken), from Jostein Gaarder's novel, is one of six new Norwegian features the Norwegian Film Fund gave the go-ahead by channelling $9.1m (NOK 50.3 million) production funding into the projects, closing almost half of the $20.4m (NOK 112 million) budgets.At the European Film Market in Berlin, Norwegian producer and co-scriptwriter Axel Helgeland has signed Germany's Beta Cinema to ...
  • Tomas Alfredson's vampire film takes top Gothenburg prizes


    Swedish director Tomas Alfredson's Let The Right One In (Låt Den Rätte Komme In) won two prizes in the Nordic competition at Sweden's Gothenburg International Film Festival.
  • Nordisk sets up new Norwegian distribution and sales operation


    Danish major, Nordisk Film, has merged its distribution and sales operations into a new company, Nordisk Film Distribusjon Norway, which will become Norway's largest provider of consumer entertainment with an annual turnover of $110.3m (EUR73.3m).
  • NonStop picks up Sundance winner King Of Ping Pong


    Swedish director Jens Jonsson's Sundance winner, The King Of Ping Pong, has been picked up for international distribution by Sweden 's NonStop Sales.
  • Swedish box office flat but local films increase market share


    Swedish cinema attendance fell by 1% to 15.2 million admissions in 2007, although local productions managed to increase market share.
  • As Goteborg kicks off, 200 people expected at Nordic Film Market


    More than 200 international film professionals - producers, buyers, sellers and festival programmers - have registered for the Nordic Film Market, running between Jan 31-Feb 3 during Sweden's 31st Goteborg International Film Festival, which starts today.
  • Sweden's Svensk names Tobias Lenner as CEO


    Swedish major, Svensk Filmindustrihas appointed Tobias Lenner as CEO of the company's Swedish branch - a position also held by concern chief Rasmus Ramstad, who continues as head of the enterprise, and to whom Lenner will report.
  • You, the Living wins big at Sweden's Guldbagge awards


    Swedish director Roy Andersson's You, the Living (Du levande) won three Guldbagge awards - the Swedish national film prizes - as the Swedish Film Institute last night celebrated the 2007 film crop at a ceremony in Stockholm's Cirkus.
  • Trust and Nordisk to launch new joint sales operation in Berlin


    Leading Scandinavian sales outfits, Trust Film Sales and Nordisk Film International Sales, will set up a joint sales operation, to be launched at the upcoming European Film Market during the Berlinale.Both companies have reserved stands at the market, but since they are next to each other, they will simply knock down the wall and combine their artwork to market Trust and Nordisk product. 'The idea is to have a common line-up, but still maintain the two brands, with Trust selling ...
  • Gothenberg announces 450-film line-up


    This year's Gothenberg International Film Festival (Jan 25-Feb 4) will comprise 450 films from 67 countries, with around 40 seminars, the Nordic Film Market andnumerous concerts.
  • Norway's local market share holds steady as admissions fall 10%


    In 2007 Norwegian cinemas registered a 10% decline in admissions, to reach 10.8m, according to statistics from the Norwegian cinema association, Film & Kino. Local productions accounted for 1.7m admissions, to maintain last year's market share of 16.4% which (except for 2003) is the largest since 1975.
  • Sweden's Svensk buys Sonet Film from Modern Times Group


    Swedish major, Svensk Filmindustri (SF), has acquired local producer-distributor Sonet Film, including the brand name, from Sweden's Modern Times Group (MTG), it was announced today.Co-founder and ceo Peter Possne, who earlier this year (Aug 10) scheduled Jan 1, 2008, as the date of his resignation, will be head of the new Sonet Film, a production entity within SF with an annual outlet of 'two to three high-quality feature films with a big box-office potential.'The ...
  • Swedish government gives $3m for Bergman's legacy


    The Swedish government has allocated $3.1m (Euros 2.1m) to secure the artistic legacy of Ingmar Bergman, equally sharing the grant between his work in cinema and on stage.
  • Norwegian Fund backs projects including epic Max Manus


    The Norwegian Film Fund's $3.1m backing hasgiven thegreen light for leading Norwegian producer John M Jacobsen's Max Manus, a WWII epic which will shoot from February. The fund also chipped in for two less expensive first features.
  • Renny Harlin's $15m Mannerheim to shoot in August 2008


    Finnish actor Mikko Nousiainen, who starred in local blockbuster The Restless will play Finnish historical legend Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim in a $14.7m (Euros 10m) biopic, which will mark the return to Finland of Finnish/Hollywood director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2: Die Harder).Principal photography for the film has been scheduled for August 2008. It will be staged as a Finnish-Russian co-production ...
  • Finnish government boost cinema funding after producers' strike


    Apologising that he actually gave them more money than they went to strike for, Finnish culture minister Stefan Wallin has complied with Finnish producers' demands of increasing state funds for film production.
  • Swedish Film Institute plans to double specific grants


    In a response to 'the rapid technological development, new audience patterns, and the concentration of power in the cinema market,' the Swedish Film Institute has devised a new plan of action to support the promotion and distribution of quality films in the newlandscape. The recent bankruptcies of quality film distributor, Triangelfilm, and the Astoria Cinemas theatre circuit, are among the events which have encouraged institute CEO Cissi Elwin to discuss the situation with ...
  • After strike, Hellstedt's Land Under Water gets Finnish backing


    The Finnish Film Foundation has backed the first local feature film project after the producers' strike, chipping in $739,000 (Euros 500,000) production funding for Finnish director Lenka Hellstedt's Land Under Water (Maata meren alla).
  • Stockholm kicks off tonight with Josef Fares' Leo


    As the world première of Swedish director Josef Fares' Leo opens the 18th Stockholm International Film Festival tonight - the first time a Swedish feature launches the fest - local audiences are facing an 11-day programme of more than 170 features, adding seminars, lectures, Face2Face discussions and workshops, all dedicated to the late Ingmar Bergman.A native Stockholmer, already in place, Fares will during the festival be joined by an invasion of international ...
  • Norway's Kill Buljo sells to 26 territories for Imagination Worldwide


    Norwegian directors Tommy Wirkola and Stig Frode Henriksen's $163,700 (Eu112,600) project Kill Buljo-The Movie has sold to 26 territories following the AFM, including the US, the UK, Australia (The Weinstein Company).
  • Norway's Tinius Nagell-Erichsen dies aged 73


    Tinius Nagell-Erichsen - the largest shareholder of Norwegian media concern, Schibsted ASA, and itsChairmanfor 10 years - did last night (Nov 11). He was 73.A descendant of Christian Michael Schibsted - the founder of the Schibsted media group - Nagell-Erichsen graduated from the London School of Economics, and spent his entire career working for the group and its newspapers.As the largest single share-holder, with a 26.1% stake, Nagell-Erichsen ...
  • Sandrew Metronome gets out of Swedish production


    The Swedish branch of pan-Scandinavian distributor Sandrew Metronome will dismantle its local production department, ending more than 80 years of Swedish film history.
  • Finnish producers call off strike with hopes for subsidy boost


    Although Finnish culture minister Stefan Wallin has not met their demand to increase subsidy for local cinema by at least $1.8m (Euros 1.2m), 30 Finnish feature film producers representing the entire industry have called off the strike they imposed on Sept 3.'We have not been given direct promises, but we believe the Parliament will make the right decision, when negotiating the state budget next month (December),' they said in a statement.The producers reacted as ...
  • Norwegian director wins Nordic Film Prize


    Norwegian director Bard Breien's feature debut The Art of Negative Thinking (Kunsten A Tenke Negativt) received the $18,000 NDR Film Prize at the 49th Nordic Film Days in the German city of Lubeck.
  • Sweden's Yellow Bird plans $15m Millennium trilogy


    The late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, which has sold almost two million books in Sweden, will be filmed by Sweden 's Yellow Bird on a $15.4m (Euros 10.7m) budget.
  • Wes Anderson to get visionary award at 18th Stockholm festival


    The Stockholm International Film Festival, has programmed 170 films from 40 countreis for its 18th edition (Nov 15-25)
  • Swedish Film Institute gives $2.5m to films including Fares' Leo


    The Swedish Film Institute will provide $2.5m (Euros 1.8m) production support for eight new features, including a film by Josef Fares.
  • Fog's The Art Of Crying takes Nordic Council Film Prize


    Danish director Peter Schonau Fog's feature debut, The Art of Crying (Kunsten at græde i kor), will be awarded the Nordic Council's Film Prize at a ceremony during the council's session in Oslo on Oct 31.
  • Norwegian Film Institute appoints new head


    Managing director Nina Refseth of Norwegian publishing house Stiftinga Det Norske Samlaget was today appointed head of the new Norwegian Film Institute, so far named the 'new enterprise.'Refseth, who according to the institute's interim board has a substantial management experience from Norwegian culture life, most recently with three years in her current high-profile job, will start on Jan 1. She will be introduced to current employees on Oct 9.Fully-established ...
  • Danish smash Olsen Gang to get CGI treatment in new feature


    Denmark's Olsen Gang (Olsenbanden) - the most successful franchise in the country's film history - will be resuscitated in a new CGI feature.
  • You, The Living enters Oscar race for Sweden


    Swedish director Roy Andersson's You, The Living (Du levanda), which was launched in competition at Cannes, will be Sweden's official candidate for the Academy Award nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature.
  • Schnabel to kick off Copenhagen festival tonight


    US director Julian Schnabel will introduce his The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which won for Best Director at Cannes, at tonight's (Aug 20) kick-off for the Copenhagen International Film Festival (CIFF).
  • Art Of Crying and A Man's Job enter foreign Oscar race


    Danish director Peter Schonau Fog's The Art of Crying (Kunsten at gaede i kor) and Finnish director Aleksi Salmenpera's A Man's Job (Miehen tyo) have joined the race for consideration for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar.Both are also nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize.Fog's feature debut, which was selected by the Danish Film Institute and an industry committee, was launched ...
  • Stockholm opens with Swedish film for the first time


    The Stockholm Film Festival (Nov 15-25) is to open with Josef Fares' Leo - the first time the event has launched with a Swedish film.Leo is Fares' fourth feature, following Jalla! Jalla! (2000), Kops (2003) and the Nordic Council prizewinning Zozo (2005).The film is ...
  • Nine films nominated for Nordic prize


    Nine films have been nominated for the $65,000 (Eu47,000) Nordic Film Prize - Scandinavia's largest film award - with winners announced at the Nordic Council's session on Oct 31. The prize money is equally shared among a film's director, scriptwriter and producer; last year it went to Swedish director Josef Fares' Zozo (2/3 to Fares as director and scriptwriter, 1/3 to producer Anna Anthony, of Memfis Film). Danish entries ...
  • Norwegian WWII hero Max Manus gets $8.4m treatment in war epic


    Norwegian actor-director Aksel Hennie is to star in Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's Max Manus, a $8.4m (Euros 6.1m) World War II epic produced by John M Jacobsen and Sveinung Golimo for Filmkameratene.
  • Finnish production grinding to halt


    Finnish producers' decision to stop new feature production until culture minister Stefan Wallin has increased production subsidy by $1.7m (Eu1.2m) has had immediate effect.
  • Fridriksson and Kormakur set up new production company


    Icelandic director-producers Fridrik Thor Fridriksson and Baltasar Kormakur, who has Jar City in Toronto, have joined forces to set up a new production shingle, Thordarhofdi Film Productions, currently readying two features for its first slate.'Thordarhofdi means 'the mountain between us' - we both have farms in northern Iceland,' explained Fridriksson, who dismantled his production house, the Icelandic Film Corporation, two years ago.
  • Sweden's TV4 fills gap for Arn: The Knight Templar


    Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4 replaces Swedish pubcaster SVT as co-producer of Svensk Filmindustri's Arn: The Knight Templar.
  • Finnish producers ready to strike over film subsidy


    Finnish film production will be brought to a halt if the government does not fulfil a alleged promise of an extra $1.6m (Euros 1.2m) subsidy.
  • Principal photography wraps in Finland for Lordi film


    Finnish director Pete Riski has wrapped principal photography for Dark Floors, the $5.6m (Euros 4.2m) horror movie starring Finnish monster rock group Lordi, the 2006 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Norwegian animation Elias to launch in local versions


    Norwegian directors Espen Fyksen and Lise I Osvoll's fully-animated Elias and the Royal Yacht, which has taken 230,000 admissions locally, will be launched in Sweden on Sept 28 - in a local version, with a star cast, and backed by strong marketing and merchandising campaigns. Denmark and Finland will follow. 'Major Hollywood studios used to have a monopoly on such releases,' said Norwegian producer John M Jacobsen, of Filmkameratene, ...
  • Jean-Claude Carriere to take center stage at Copenhagen


    French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, who has worked on Belle Du Jour, The Tin Drum, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being, will receive the Copenhagen International Film Festival's Life Achievement Award in September.
  • Reprise enjoys triple win at Norwegian film awards


    Norwegian director Joachim Trier's feature debut, Reprise, became a triple winner of the Amanda awards, the Norwegian national film prizes.The honours were handed out at a TV2-televised ceremony from Haugesund's Festiviteten Concert Hall, preceding the opening of the 35th Norwegian International Film Festival. Reprise cashed in on four nominations, receiving the ...
  • Zentropa plans feature about Danish terrorist group


    Zentropa is planning a feature film to tell the story of the Blekinge Street Gang, the Danish terrorist group which will also be the subject of two TV projects.
  • 16 films feature at Nordic Co-Production Forum


    16 new Scandinavian and German feature film projects, with budgetsbetween $1.2 and $9m (Euros 0.9m-7m), will be presented at the second NordicCo-Production Forum, which takes place between Aug 22-23 as part of theNew Nordic Films market during the Norwegian International FilmFestival in Haugesund. Total production volume exceeds $68m (Euros 50m.)Last year focusing on the UK, the second edition of the forum dealswith German-Scandinavian co-productions, and has been ...
  • Norwegian festival's New Nordic Films market to offer 30 features


    Unspoling between Aug 17-24 in Haugesund, the 35th Norwegian International Film Festival will be opened by Norwegian culture minister Trond Giske and the world premiere of Norwegian director Petter Naess' Gone by the Woman.
  • Posne to leave post as CEO of Sonet Film


    After 23 years as CEO of Sonet Film, the leading Swedish producer-distributor owned by Modern Times Group, Peter Posne is leaving the company. As of Jan 1, 2008, he will be replaced by head of legal affairs and deputy manager Mathias Berggren.Originally Posne set up Sonet to import and distribute European films, releasing such titles as Baghdad Cafe, Delicatessen, The Big Blue and Nikita. During ...
  • Svenska Bio strikes deal to acquire Astoria Cinemas


    Swedish insolvent cinema circuit, Astoria Cinemas - once the country's second-largest theatre chain - has been sold to Svenska Bio, which is 49% controlled by Svensk Filmindustri (SF), a sister company of market leader SF Bio. After the deal, with Svenska Bio, Bonnier-owned SF and SF Bio account for almost 80% of Swedish exhibition.
  • Svenska Bio strikes deal to acquire Astoria Cinemas


    Swedish insolvent cinema circuit, Astoria Cinemas - once the country's second-largest theatre chain - has been sold to Svenska Bio, which is 49% controlled by Svensk Filmindustri (SF), a sister company of market leader SF Bio. After the deal, with Svenska Bio, Bonnier-owned SF and SF Bio account for almost 80% of Swedish exhibition.
  • New Abu Dhabi festival to offer film financing with top awards


    The Black Pearl - the grand prix of the new Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF), unspooling for the first time in Abu Dhabi Oct 14-19 - will come with production grants for the winners' next films.
  • SVT pulls out most expensive Nordic feature, $30m Arn


    Swedish public broadcaster SVT has pulled out of Svensk Filmindustri's Arn-The Knight Templar, the two-film adaptation of Swedish writer Jan Guillou's bestselling trilogy of Arn Magnusson, which - with a $30.3m (Euros 22.8m) budget - will become the most expensive feature production in the Nordic countries.
  • Ahead of Locarno premiere, Vexille sells to 75 territories including US


    As the androids in Japanese director Fumihiko Sori's animated sci-fi thriller Vexille invade the Piazza Grande for tonight's opening of the Locarno International Film Festival 2008, the $10m CGI feature has already been sold to 75 countries, including the US.
  • Arcel prepares new feature about Danish royals for Zentropa


    Danish director Nicolaj Arcel, whose Island of Lost Souls sold 195,000 tickets domestically, is preparing a feature film about the relationship between Danish King Christian VII, Queen Caroline Mathilde and German-born physician-in-ordinary Johann Friedrich Struensee, who was executed in 1772 - 235 years ago.
  • Swedish admissions up but local productions down 3.8% in 2006


    Swedish cinemas struck back in 2006, having lost 11% both in attendance and gross box office receipts the year before: admissions reached 15.3 million and ticket sales $181 million (Eu131 million), up 5% and 7%, respectively.
  • Trust takes on sales of Szumowska's 33 Scenes Of Life


    Denmark's Trust Film Sales will handle international sales of Polish director Malgosia Szumowska's 33 Scenes of Life, currently shooting at Krakow, Poland. Denmark's Zentropa Entertainments is co-producing.
  • Norwegian admissions slip in 2007, but local market share rises


    Admissions declined in Norway, but local market share went up during the first six months of 2007, according to statistics published by Norwegian cinema association, Film & Kino. Theatres sold 5.1m tickets during the period, down 13% on 2006, still 1.4% better than in 2005. Local fare accounted for 20.6% of attendance, against 18.4% last year.
  • Sweden's Film i Vast to host $96m level of international features


    Swedish regional film centre, Film i Vast in Trollhattan, will this year co-produce and facilitate local or international features at a total volume of $96m (Euros 70.5m), with Denmark's Zentropa Entertainments accounting for $13.3m (Euros 9.8m) of the business. Film i Vast's own investment reaches $8.3m (Euros 6m).'Zentropa has an extensive international network, and its expansion here, through its Trollhattan Film subsidiary, will further attract prestigious projects to the ...
  • Robert Young starts Norwegian shoot for Wide Blue Yonder


    This week the Norwegian city of Haugesund - home of the Norwegian International Film Festival - was invaded by stars outside the festival season, as UK director Robert Young started principal photography for his new feature, Wide Blue Yonder, with British actors Brian Cox and and James Fox in the leads.Cox and Fox will shortly be joined by US screen legend Lauren Bacall on locations at Haugesund, Karmoy and Sveio for the $8.7 million ...
  • Sweden's Astoria Cinemas files for bankruptcy


    Last curtain fell for Swedish cinema circuit, Astoria Cinemas - once the country's second-largest theatre chain - as part-owner and managing director (since June 8) Jonny Jergander filed for bankruptcy less than two months after distributor-exhibitor Triangelfilm, the main force behind the set-up, also went bust.
  • Lemhagen's gay adoption story among Swedish-backed projects


    Swedish director Ella Lemhagen, who had her international break with the award-winning Tsatsiki, Mum and the Policeman (1999), is readying her new project, Patrik 1,5, with $1m (Euros 800,000) production support from the Swedish Film Institute.
  • Stockholm plans film centre to co-finance 10 features per year


    Regional authorities in the Swedish Stockholm-Malardalen area will set up a new film centre, 'Stollywood', which - when in full operation - will co-finance up to 10 feature films annually.
  • Slyngstad to leave Norwegian Film Fund at end of July


    Managing director Stein Slyngstad of the Norwegian Film Fund will not extend his fixed-term contact and will leave his position as it expires by the end of July.
  • Norwegian government shakes up film policy


    Norway 's state film bodies will see radical change in 2008 after a government decision today.
  • Norwegian Film Fund backs Gaarder project starring Askel Hennie


    After his feature directorial debut Uno in 2004, Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie will return to acting as Gabriel, the angel, in the lead role of Danish director Jesper W Nielsen's Through a Glass, Darkly, which Norwegian production outfit 4 ½ Productions will produce with Denmark's Zentropa.
  • Finnish Film Foundation backs new Lordi film Dark Floors


    Dark Floors - Finnish director Pete Riski's horror project to star 2006 European Song Contest winners Lordi - will receive $405,000 (Euros 300,000) state funding from the Finnish Film Foundation.
  • NonStop's Cannes buying spree includes 4 Months and Paranoid Park


    By purchasing Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's Cannes winner, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Sweden 's NonStop Entertainment has concluded a golden hat trick, having already acquired the Golden Bear winner from Berlin (Tuya's Marriage) and the Golden Lion winner from Venice (Still Life).
  • Sweden's Triangelfilm files for bankruptcy


    Swedish distributor-exhibitor Triangelfilm - co-owner of Swedish cinema circuit, Astoria Cinemas, which is currently under reconstruction - filed Monday (May 21) for bankruptcy in Stockholm.'Everything has an end, and the competition in the quality film market has become increasingly complicated,' explained Triangelfilm/Astoria Cinemas CEO, Mattias Nohrborg. 'Furthermore, a few years ago we have made some strategically wrong decisions, and a couple of of our major projects ...
  • Nordisk picks up three features including The Art Of Negative Thinking


    Having sold Norwegian director Joachim Trier's award-winning Reprise to 20 countries, Nordisk Film International Sales has picked up another three Norwegian features, launching one - Bard Breien's debut drama, The Art of Negative Thinking - in the Cannes Market.
  • NonStop picks up Irish titles Ghostwood and Speed Dating


    Stockholm-based international sales agent, NonStop Films, is increasingly focusing on English-language product, and has picked up two Irish features to top its slate for the upcoming Cannes Market, including Justin O'Brien's Ghostwood and Tony Herbert's Speed Dating.
  • Norway's Paradox establishes closer ties with distributor Scanbox


    Norway 's leading production house, Oslo-based Paradox Film, has tied up closely with Scanbox Entertainment, after the pan-Scandinavian distributor has purchased a stake in parent company Paradox Holding.
  • Producer Ahrenberg plans US remake of Sophie's World


    Translated into 54 languages, and selling 35 million copies worldwide,Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder's novel, Sophie's World, which wasfilmed to limited success by Norwegian director Erik Gustavson in 1999,will now become a bigger-budget English-language project.Swedish producer Staffan Ahrenberg, who worked on Phillip Noyce's The
  • Sweden's Jonsson starts shoot for debut feature King Of Ping-Pong


    After 14 shorts and several awards, Swedish director Jens Jonsson has started principal photography for his first feature, King of Ping-Pong, in Norbotten,northern Sweden.Scripted by Jonsson with Hans Gunnarsson, the story is about the relationshipbetween an obese table tennis champion and his younger brother. Jan Blomgren is producing for Sweden's Bob Film with regional film centre Filmpool Nord, Denmark's Nordisk Film Production ...
  • Ronning and Sandberg on board for $8m Manus project


    Norwegian directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, whose first feature was the Luc Besson-written and produced western comedy, Bandidas (2006), starring Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek, have signed to direct Max Manus, a $8.4m (Euros 6.1m) World War II epic to shoot from February 2008 for Norway's Filmkameratene.Scripted by Thomas Nordseth from Manus' autobiographical books, it follows the ...
  • The Bothersome Man racks up more prizes in Norway's Canon awards


    Norwegian director Jens Lien's The Bothersome Man added four prizes to its string of 20 national and international kudos, when the Norwegian film industry handed out the Canon awards at the the Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival, which ended yesterday.Decided by the business organizations - actors' prizes are voted by the Actors' Union, producers' prizes by the Producers' Association - the Canons went to
  • Iceland admissions up 27% in first-quarter of 2007


    Three international releases - Borat, Night at the Museum and 300, assisted by Icelandic director Bjorn Br Bjornsson's thriller, Cold Trail - contributed to a 27% increase of admissions in Iceland during the first quarter of 2007, according to figures from SMAIS Iceland, the local MPA partner.
  • Tyldum replaces Hennie as director of Fallen Angels


    Norwegian director Morten Tyldum will replace Aksel Hennie as director of Fallen Angels, the second theatrical production for SF Norge's $12.9m (Euros 9.8m) Varg Veum detective series, Norway 's largest film project to date.
  • Industry restructure for Norwegian film


    The Norwegian Film Institute, the Norwegian Film Fund and the Norwegian Film Development will next year be merged to become a new film institute, with 100 staff on an estimated $16.4 million (Euros 12.3m) operating costs, and with a $37 million budget to support Norwegian cinema.
  • Nordisk buys stake in Solar Films, first up Lordi horror


    Danish major Nordisk Film has purchased 'a significant stake' of leading Finnish production company Solar Films in a deal that Solar CoB and CEO Markus Selin described as 'an important step for Finnish film and television into the international market.'
  • Zachrison, Lundberg bag new roles at Swedish Film Institute


    As part of a top management reshuffle, the Swedish Film Institute has today (March 20) appointed Linda Zachrison - advisor of former culture minister Leif Pagrotsky - head of the Audience department, a new division comprising information, international, the Cinemathèque, Children, Youth & Film, and Domestic Cinema.
  • Norwegian Film Fund champions female film-makers


    The Norwegian Film Fund has granted $1.6 million (Euros 1.2 m) production support for Norwegian director Eva Isaksen's House Of The Mad, partly from Signature W, a new subsidising scheme aimed at improving the working situation of women film-makers.
  • Astoria avoids bankruptcy


    Swedish cinema chain Astoria Cinemas was saved from bankruptcy Friday (16 Mar), as a Stockholm court accepted a majority decision by 260 creditors to write off 75% of the company's debts, totalling $8.9 million (Euros 6.7m).
  • New multiplex causes box office boom in Sweden


    Three months after Sweden's Queen Silvia inaugurated Filmstaden Bergakungen - SF Bio's new $35.3 million (Euros 26.9m) multiplex with 2,260 seats in Goteborg, the country's second-largest city - Sweden's number-one exhibitor has registered a 42% increase in local cinema attendance.
  • Swedish partners launch fund for five low-budget features per year


    In collaboration with Swedish public broadcaster SVT, Swedish regional film centres Film i Vast and Filmpool Nord, the Swedish Film Institute has launched the Rookie film fund, which will finance five low-budget, (primarily) first features annually. Nordisk Film will handle both domestic release and international sales of the titles.
  • Finnish producer MR Matila Rohr on board for Georg


    Finnish production outfit, MR Matila Rohr Productions, will co-produce Georg, a $2.76m (Euros 2.1m) biopic of Estonian singer Georg Ots, who in the 1960s was as popular as The Beatles behind the Iron Curtain - 'and in Finland, too,' added Finnish producer Ilkka Matila.
  • Video-on-demand prompts Swedish major to merge


    To prepare for the breakthrough of video-on-demand in the Scandinavian market, Swedish media giant Bonnier Entertainment - the owner of Swedish major Svensk Filmindustri - has merged its VOD service, SF Anytime, with sister company SF Bio, Scandinavia's largest exhibitor.
  • Ane Dahl Torp receives inaugural Liv Ullmann prize


    Norwegian actress Ane Dahl Torp received the first $16,300 (Euros 12,400) Liv Ullmann Honorary Prize at the Norwegian Film Ball, the gala event organised by the Norwegian Film Institute with the industry at the Oslo Plaza. Ullmann had cancelled her participation due to sickness.
  • Fallen Angels still ready to fly


    Despite losing a director and $1.1m(Eu0.9) state fundingfor Fallen Angels - the second instalment of the Varg Veum project, a $12.9m (Euros 9.8m) package of two theatrical features andfour TV movies - Norway's SF Norge producer Guttorm Pettersonis certain production will proceed as planned.
  • Renny Harlin to make his first film in Finland in 20 years


    Currently making Cleaner in the US with Samuel L Jackson and Ed Harris, Finnish Hollywood-director Renny Harlin will direct his first film in Finland for 20 years, a $15.8-18.8m (Euros 12m-14m) epic of Finnish historical legend CGE Mannerheim, a Swedish-speaking nobleman who served the Russian Tsar before returning in 1917 to become the father and later president of his country.
  • NonStop sells Mikkelsen-starrer Exit to France, Germany


    Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen's performance as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, and his role in Danish director Susanne Bier's Oscar-nominated After the Wedding, have certainly added to his international bankability, per ceo of Stockholm-based NonStop Sales, Michael Werner.Swedish director Peter Lindmark's Mikkelsen starrer, Exit, has now sold German-speaking ...
  • Stansfield and Crook join Quest For A Heart


    UK singer Lisa Stansfield and actor Mackenzie Crook will lend their voices to Quest For A Heart, a $7.7m (Euros 6m) fully-animated feature shortly to wrap a five-year production schedule for Finland's MRP Matila Rohr Productions. Stansfield will also perform the theme song.
  • Lordi ready to rock for Finnish horror film


    Finnish monster hard-rock group Lordi, which won last year's Eurovision Song Contest, will star in a $5m horror movie from Finnish producer Markus Selin, of Solar Films, who has for the last four years delivered the number one local top-grossers on the Finnish charts.Selin will be in Berlin to discuss foreign distribution for the film, which will start principal photography on May 9 from a script by Lordi members - Mr Lordi, Amen the unstoppable mummy, Awa the vampire countess, ...
  • Skarsgaard to star in Scandinavia's most expensive film project


    Swedish Hollywood-actor Stellan Skarsgaard will star in The Knight Templar - Svensk Filmindustri's $30.3m (Euro 22.8m) adaption of Swedish writer Jan Guillou's bestselling trilogy of Arn Magnusson - currently lensing on locations in Morocco.Skarsgaard will perform as Arn's uncle in Scandinavia's so far most expensive film project - two features, directed by Denmark's Peter Flinth, with the first to be launched simultaneously in all Nordic ...
  • Nordisk invests in Maipo with view to European expansion


    Danish major Nordisk Film has purchased a major stake in Oslo-based production house Maipo Film & TV-Produksjon.
  • Louhimies' Man Exposed pulled from cinemas after script debate


    A High Court in Helsinki has ordered Finnish production house Lasihelmi Filmi to withdraw Finnish director Aku Louhimies' feature, Man Exposed, from public distribution, supporting scriptwriter Veli-Pekka Hanninen's claim that producer Harri Rati violated his rights.
  • Lights In The Dusk and Frozen City top Finland 's Jussis


    Concluding his losers' trilogy, Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's Lights In The Dusk turned up as a winner, cashing in on three out of six nominations for the Jussis - Finland's national film prizes - winning Best Film, Best Cinematography (Timo Salminen) and Best Set Design (Markku Patila).
  • Red Road takes new Bergman prize at Goteborg


    UK director Andrea Arnold's Red Road won the first Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award - which comes with a week's stay at the Bergman Week 2007 at Fårö, an engraved stone from Bergman's own beach, and a DVD set with 30 Bergman films - at the 30th Goteborg International Film Festival, which ends today.
  • Frozen City leads Finnish Jussis awards nominations


    Finnish director Aku Louhimies' Frozen City won a top number of eight nominations for the Jussis - Finland's national film awards - as the Filmiaura Association of local film professionals announced its choice of films considered for the prizes, which will be handed out at a gala in Helsinki on Feb 4.
  • Liv Ullmann shelves plans for A Doll's House


    Norwegian actress-director Liv Ullmann has decided to shelve her $10.7m (Euros 8.3m) star-studded adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic play A Doll's House due to lack of support from the Norwegian Film Fund. 'My life will now go on without A Doll's House,' Ullmann said in a faxed statement (the France-based actor/director refused to be interviewed.)
  • Swedish films' local market share slips 9% in 2006


    In spite of the release of 36 new Swedish features in 2006, local productions sold only 3m cinema tickets - down 300,000 (9%) from 2005 - to control 20% of the theatrical market, against 22.6% the previous year, according to preliminary statistics from the Swedish Film Institute.
  • Norway's box-office admissions rise 5.3% in 2006


    Norwegian cinema attendance has recovered from a temporary decline, to total 1.9 admissions in 2006, up 5.3% from 2005, according to preliminary figures from Norwegian cinema association, Film & Kino. Domestic films sold 1.9m tickets, to take 16.5% of the market - up from 12.2% the previous year - the best result since 1975 with the exception for 2003.
  • Finnish box-office admissions rise 12% in 2006


    Anunprecedented 69% increase of admissions for domestic fare in Finland boosted2006 cinema attendance to 6.8m, up 12% from 6.lm the year before, according topreliminary statistics from the Finnish Film Foundation.SixteenFinnish premieres sold 1.6m tickets (compared with 15 films selling 940,000 ticketsin 2005), controlling 23% of the market (up from 15%). Three local titlesqualifyied ...
  • Five first features nominated for Bergman awards


    Five features by newcomers have been nominated for the International Ingmar Bergman Debut Award, which will be given for the first time at Sweden's Gothenberg Film Festival 2007.
  • Leading Finnish and Baltics exhibitor enters digital age


    Finland's and the Baltics' leading exhibitor Finnkino has entered the digital era with Finnish director Raimo O Niemi's family feature Mystery Of The Wolf.
  • Norwegian debut director Eva Sorhaug prepares $2.3m Lunch


    Norwegian director Eva Sorhaug is working on her feature debut, the $2.3m (Euros 1.8m) Lunch.
  • $30m epic to become most expensive Scandianavian film


    Svensk Filmindustri's The Knight Templar is to set to become Scandinavia's most expensive feature with a budget of $30.3 million (Euro 22.8 million).
  • Swedish Film Institute overhauls staff and productions


    The Swedish Film Institute will stage a majorreshuffle of its organisation, implementing new measures to better reach thegoals of Swedish film policy, and to improve the quality of Swedish cinema.Both production volume and personnel will be radically reduced."We want to take a more active role in ...
  • Sherrybaby takes top honours in Stockholm


    US director Laurie Collyer became the second woman to receive the grandprix - the Bronze Horse - at the Stockholm International Film Festival, as thejury Saturday (Nov 25) named her feature debut, Sherrybaby, best film in competition with another 19 entries, andits star Maggie Gyllenhaal was named best actress.
  • Kaurismaki doesn't want to be considered for Oscar


    Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki has withdrawn from the race for an Academy Award nomination in the Best Foreign-Language Film category.
  • Rosenberg named head of drama at Norway's Rubicon TV


    Norwegian producer Jorgen Storm Rosenberg has been named head of drama at Norway's Rubicon TV, Norwegian major Schibsted's local production unit.
  • Norway continues local production revival


    2006 is set to follow 2003 in taking local films in Norwegian cinemas back to a level not seen since the 1970s.Stein Slyngstad, managing director of the Norwegian Film Fund, said ticket sales for domestic productions over the last week reached around 1.9 million, with three Norwegian features close to the 250,000 mark.
  • First Sino-Finnish kung fu film makes impact in China


    Finnish director Antti-Jussi Annila's Jade Warrior -the first Sino-Finnish co-production, and the first Finnish film to be launched in mainland China - took more than 110,000 admissions in eight days, from its 175-print release in 80 cities by Warner China Film HG Corp.
  • Eva Dahr to direct Gaarder adaptation The Orange Girl


    Norwegiandirector Eva Dahr - currently in post with her new film, Mars andVenus - has been signed to directThe Orange Girl, a $3.8m (Euros 3m) feature from Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder's latest novel.
  • Distributor SF Norge starts production division


  • Donner, Juonifilmi on board for The Border


  • Animaker plans Finland's highest-budget feature


  • Kaurismaki doesn't want to be considered for Oscar


  • Nordic Film Council Prize goes to Fares' Zozo


  • Grbavica gets another award in Reykjavik


    Bosnian director JasmilaZbanic's Grbavica, which won theGolden Bear at this year's Berlinale, received the Discovery of the Year Awardat the third Reykjavik International Film Festival, which ended Sunday. Grbavica follows a mother and her12-year-old daughter struggling to make their way through the aftermath of theBalkan war.
  • Swedish exhibitor Astoria saved by SF Bio deal


  • Sweden's Astoria cinema chain goes into receivership


  • $12.9 million package Norway's biggest budget yet


  • Reykjavik festival tries to grow industry presence


    The third ReykjavikInternational Film Festival, which opened last night (Sept 28) with a totalblack-out in the Icelandic capital, is mainly devoted to audiences, but it isgradually extending its industry side.
  • Sweden submits Falkenberg Farewell for Oscar race


  • Wide Blue Yonder finds funding at first Nordic Co-Production Forum


  • UK producers to pitch at first Nordic Co-Production Forum


    Ten UK production companies will pitch new feature film projects to potential co-producers in Scandinavia at the first Nordic Co-Production Forum, which takes place on Monday, 21 August-Tuesday, 22 August during the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund.