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 organised incollaboration with the Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein Film Fund.

According to Gyda Velvin Myklebust, market coordinator, the number ofparticipants are up by 50%, to reach 150.

Besides the pitching sessions, individual meetings to negotiate theprojects, the programme includes case studies ofSwedish director Jan Troell's Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment, andNorwegian director Bent Hamer's O'Horten, as well as panels including discussion of film financing in Europe.

The list of speakers comprises producer Karl Baumgartner, of Germany'sPandora Filmproduktion; sales agent Michael Weber, of Germany's TheMatch Factory; head of the Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein Film Fund,Eva Hubert; producer John M Jacobsen, of Norway's Filmkameratene; andproducer Tero Kaukomaa, of Finland's Blind Spot.

The cheapest project selected for the forum is Finnish directorAntti-Jussi Anila's Sauna, a $1.2m (Euros 0.9m) horror film set on the backdropof Finnish sauna culture.

Two brothers leave a young girl to die, andare subsequently pursued by her, her face pouring with filth which isnot easy to wash away. Bronson Club produces.

In the high-end is Edvard Munch-Story of His life, a $9m (Euros 7m) biopicof the Norwegian painter and his fight 'against diseases and death,contempt of his art, and his own demons.'

Set up by Germany'sTranscorda Film, it will be directed by Norwegian director ErikSkjoldbjærg (An Enemy of the People).

German director Sven Taddicken introduces his $7.3m (Euros 5.5m) tragicomedy,13 Paces Without a Head, from Wüste Filmproduktion.

It is the story offormer pirates Störtebeker and Michels in the year 1401, asbusiness is slowing down on the North Sea. Then they discover a miracleweapon.

The team behing award-winning kidpic Trigger, Norwegian director GunnarVikene and producers Tanya Badendyck and Silje Hopland Eik, of CinenordSpillefilm, is back with Vegas, a $2.8m (Euros 2.1m) drama targeted at 15+audiences about three teenagers 'who have lost everything and haveeverything to win.'