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Viking Skool. Photo: Cartoon Saloon.

The Snowman will finish, and The Postcard Killings will begin

Published: 09/02/2017 | Edited: 01/03/2017

The Norwegian Film Institute allocates €5.5 million production incentives for film or TV projects to be realised in Norway

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The Norwegian Film Institute announced yesterday (8 February) that it will back seven Norwegian and international film and TV projects by €5.5 million (NOK 49.2 million) funding as part of the new production incentive, which has operated since last year. The budget for their costs in Norway total €20.3 million (NOK 183 million).

In 2016 Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s The Snowman – the UK-US adaptation of Norwegian author Jo Nesbø’s novel, received the lion’s share of the €4.7 million incentive budget. The German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson, US actor Val Kilmer and French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg starrer will benefit from a further $1.2 million to complete the shooting.

US cinematographer-turned-director Januz Kaminski’s thriller The Postcard Killings, with US actors Dakota Fanning and Patrick Dempsey in the leads, about a New York detective, Jacob Kanon, who investigates a series of seemingly senseless killings across Europe, received € 0,63 million backing.

Several Norwegian and international film and TV productions was awarded incentive funding for shooting in Norway, including a Chinese feature:

Feature films

The Bird Catcher 
Dir: Ross Clarke.
Scr: Trond Morten K Venaasen.
Prod: Cuckoo Lane No 5.

During WW2 Jewish Esther must escape, after her father becomes arrested by the Germans. When her mother is killed, she seeks refuge on a farm, where - dressed as boy - she must survive among Germans. €0.7 million

Lost in Norway 
Dir: Yi Hong Bo.
Scr: Sun Ye Xiao.
Prod: Chinese Culture Media.

Zhang travels to Norway and meets Samuel, a bitter man, who has lost his wife and contact with her daughter. Reluctantly, he is helped by Zhang to get back to his family. €0.4 million

TV films

Dirs: Gunnar Vikene, Bård Fjulsrud.
Scr: Meghan Gallagher.
Prod: Monster Scripted (Håkon Briseid).

An 8x45min series about a homocide detective, who becomes involved in criminal endeavors involving his own family. Suddenly he is stuck in the borderline. €1.9 million.

Viking Skool
Dir: Maurice Joyce.
Scr: Gisle Normann Melhus og Frederick Howard.
Prod: Cartoon Saloon.

An animated drama series for children about three friends, who try to navigate the action-packed world of Viking education. €0.4 million

Shetland 4
Dir: Lee Haven Jones.
Scr: David Kane, Louise Ironside, Paul Louge.
Prod: ITV Studios.

In 6x58 mins, Thomas Malone has his murder conviction overturned, and journalist Sally McCann is killed. Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez goes to Norway. €0.1 million

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