The move will come after the Danish studio has delivered The Olsen Gang Gets Polished.
Denmark’s animation studio A.Film is set for a downsizing in October after it has delivered Danish director Jørgen Lerdam’s The Olsen Gang Gets Polished (Olsen-banden – på de bonede gulve), Denmark’s first stereoscopic 3D production, to Nordisk Film.
The company, which recently moved in with co-owner, Nordisk Film, at its Valby studios in suburban Copenhagen, will lay off six staffers in waiting for better times, according to A.Film founder and CEO Anders Mastrup.
”Basically we are in need of new productions, partly because we have been unsuccessful in finding out-house support and finance for the projects we have in development,” Mastrup added. ”So we have simply decided to adjust production capacity to reality.”
Set up in 1988 to produce hand-drawn animation, and one of the first studios in Europe to make CGI features, A.Film has expanded into subsidiaries in Estonia, Germany and the US (Los Angeles); they are independent companies and will continue as such.
Besides local productions and co-productions, A.Film has been subcontracted by, among others, Warner Bros, Don Bluth, MGM and Columbia. International award-winners include Stefan Fjeldmark-Flemming Quist Møller’s Jungle Jack, Amazon Jack and Fjeldmark’s Help I Am a Fish.
Most recently A.Film co-produced Danish director Michael Hegner and Finnish director Kari Juusonen’s Niko and the Way to the Stars (Niko – lentäjän poika) – sold worldwide by Telepool, to become Finland’s best-grossing film in Europe, from three million admissions.
The Olsen Gang Gets Polished is the first animated feature in the thriller-comedy franchise, created by Erik Balling and Henning Bahs for Nordisk Film; three of the 14 films released between 1968-1998 took more than one million admissions domestically.