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Norwegian Film Institute boosts co-pro funding

Funding for co-productions increases to $2.9m (NOK 16m) from 2012’s $2m (NOK 11m).

The Norwegian Film Institute has increased funding for co-productions this year to $2.9m (NOK 16m), up from 2012’s $2m (NOK 11m).

Alongside this, the Norwegian South Film Fund (SØRFOND), a fund financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and run by the Norwegian Film Institute, has $546,000 (NOK 3m) this year to be granted for support for co-productions with countries from the south. The SØRFOND runs until 2015.

The Norwegian Film Institute has also allocated a record $2m (NOK 11m) for the internationalisation of Norwegian Cinema, to further support the promotion and sales of local product at international festival and markets.

As well as being the Norwegian Film Insitute being an official partner of the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2013, presenting Vibeke Idsøe’s The Lion Woman, there are five Norwegian co-productions screening at the Berlinale:

  • The Act of Killing (Denmark/Norway)
  • Deshora (Argentine/Norway)
  • TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard (Sweden/Norway)
  • Char…The No Man’s Island (India/Norway)
  • Mercy (Germany/Norway) [pictured].

In 2009, Norway signed the European convention on Cinematographic Co-production, making it easier both for Norwegian producers to co-produce with other countries and for other countries to co-produce with Norway.

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