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 region,' said managing director Tomas Eskilsson, of Film i Vast.

Six Zentropa features have been scheduled at the centre, to commence with Danish director Simon Staho's Heart of Heaven, a chamber piece for four persons scripted by Peter Asmussen, starring Mikael Persbrandt, Maria Lundqvist, Lena Endre and Jakob Eklund. Jonas Fredriksen will produce, and Sonet Film will distribute in Sweden.

Erik Nietzsche - The Early Years, written by Lars von Trier about his own years at film school, will be directed by Denmark's Jacob Thuesen and produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Lars Jönsson. It will also be released in Sweden by Sonet Film.

Danish director Pernille Fischer Christensen's Boys and Girls Are Dancing, from Kim Fupz Aakesson's original screenplay, and produced by Meta Foldager and Anna Anthony, is also set for Film i Vast with Trine Dyrholm, Anders W Berthelsen and Birthe Neumann in ther leads. Christensen's A Soap won a Silver Bear in Berlin last year.

The centre will further host Danish director Anders Morgenthaler's follow-up to Princess, Echo, a Foldager-Sarita Christensen production about a police officer (Kim Bodnia) who abducts his six-year-old son of whom he has lost custody in a divorce.

Eskilsson will continue his collaboration with Swedish director Lukas Moodysson, who will shoot his first English-language film, the $10m (Euros 7.6m) Mammoth, in studios at Trollhättan, besides New York, Thailand and the Philippines. Memfis Film-Lars Jönsson will produce, and principal photography is due in October.

He is also involved in Svensk Filmindustri's The Knight Templar, the $30.3m (Euros 22.8 m) two-film project from Jan Guillou's bestselling trilogy, directed by Peter Flinth, which is reportedly running over budget, but according to producer Johan Mardell 'only marginally'.

French director Anna Novion has found locations in the neighbourhood (Orust) for her debut feature, Grown-Up People, with France's Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Sweden's Lia Boysen in the story of a middle-aged Frenchman and his 17-year-old daughter, spending their summer holiday in Sweden. Shooting starts later this month.