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Haugesund: Genre pitches include UK-Nordic feature 'The Damned'

24 August 2016 5:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Damned producers Emilie Jouffroy and Kamilla Hodol are recipients of a BFI Vision Award this year.

Seven genre features were pitched as part of the Nordic Genre Boost at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films market on Wednesday.

Highlights include prolific Icelandic director’s character-driven sci-fi East By Eleven; and The Damned, a Norwegian-uk-Iceland co-production that will be directed by Iceland-born, UK-based director Thordur Palsson and produced by Emilie Jouffroy and Kamilla Hodol of London’s Elation Pictures, which has just received a BFI Vision Award announced today.

This is the third round of the development initiative Nordic Genre Boost launched by Nordisk Film & TV Fond in December 2014. The Boost gives each project a grant of $18,500 (Nok 200,000) as well as offering two residential workshops and mentoring.

“The aim of this initiative is to encourage and support Nordic genre films, giving the selected projects a platform on which to strengthen their visibility and potential to reach the production »

- (Wendy Mitchell)

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Haugesund: Scary Movies Get Showcase From Nordic Genre Boost

21 August 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Launched last year by the Oslo-based Nordisk Film & TV Fund, which promotes and supports films from the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden on an annual $12.2 million budget, the Nordic Genre Boost will this year present seven new projects at New Nordic Films, the market of the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, Norway, which runs Aug. 20-26.

At the same time, the first feature project presented at the 2015 Nordic Genre Boost in Helsinki will screen in the New Nordic Films program: Finnish director Taneli Mustonen’s ”Lake Bodom,”a horror film produced by Finland’s Don Films, Film Constellation, Post Control Helsinki, with Estonia’s Münchhausen Productions.

Scripted by Mustonen and Aleksi Hyvärinen, it tells the story of four teenagers who were stabbed to death while sleeping in their tent at the lake in 1960. The unsolved mystery turned into an urban legend, and in the present day, »

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Good Company plots $3.5m fantasy 'Wild Witch'

13 May 2016 12:02 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Danish outfit has a busy slate at Cannes, including the fantasy family film based on Lene Kaaberbøl’s best-selling book series.

Danish production outfit Good Company is plotting a $3.5m fantasy family film, Wild Witch, to be directed by Kaspar Munk [pictured] (You & Me Forever) from a script by Bo H. Hansen based on Lene Kaaberbøl’s best-selling book series.

The story follows a 12-year-old girl who realizes she is a wild witch with the ability to communicate with animals. Good co-produces with Sweden’s Yellow Bird and Hungary’s Proton. The project will start shooting from February 2017, partially in Hungary. Backing comes from Nordisk Film, TV2 and the Danish Film Institute.

Good is also developing Iran-born filmmaker Milad Alami’s debut feature The Charmer, a thriller about a mysterious man who climbs the social ladder. It will start shooting in August; Alami was in Directors’ Fortnight in 2014 with short Void.

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Seven projects to receive Nordic Genre Boost support

19 February 2016 5:09 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

City State director Olaf de Fleur and Returning Home director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken among those backed.Scroll down for the full list

Seven titles have been selected by the Nordisk Film & TV fund for the second round of its Nordic Genre Boost initiative.

Three sci-fi films, City State director Olaf de Fleur’s new project East By Eleven, Returning Home director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s Substitute and To Guard A Mountain director Izer Aliu’s Deep Down, have been picked.

Also on the list are Thordur Palsson’s debut feature psychological horror The Damned, Saara Saarela’s dystopian drama Memory Of Water, Hanna Bergholm’s horror-drama Birds Of A Feather and Tor Fruergaard’s animation Bente And The Mutant Scouts.  

A total of 83 titles applied for the second round of the initiative, with the selected projects receiving a grant of $23.3k (Nok 200,000) for development support, access to two residential workshops with script tutoring, and assistance »

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