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Tromsø International Film Festival is set to kick off on January 16th, adding increased prominence and value to its industry sidebars. Co-organized with the Norwegian Film Institute, Fiction Norway, now in its third edition, presents twenty new feature film and drama series projects to top-of-the-line financiers, investors, agents, executives, streamers and producers.

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ELLOS EATNU - LET THE RIVER FLOW - opening film in Tromsø. Photo: Mer Film As

- Fiction Norway is backed by Filmfond Nord and the producers association, in addition to the Norwegian film institute. So, it’s really an initiative that comes from within the sector. It adds a new dimension to the festival, says Henning Rosenlund, deputy program director at Tromsø International Film Festival.

Industry executives such as wiip's David Flynn, Dynamic Television's Carrie Stein, The North Road Company's Kristin Jones, Todd Brown at XYZ Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films' Miles Fineburg, Wild Bunch International's Noëmie Devide, former Lionsgate executive Marc Lorber and many others are all embarking in Tromsø.

- We are thrilled to welcome the executives to Tromsø. We have a strong line-up of projects, and can’t wait to see the results, adds Sigmund Elias Holm, Fiction Norway’s industry liaison.

Norwegian companies

Participating Norwegian companies include 4 1/2, Mer Film, 74 Entertainment, Storm Films, Rubicon, Hummelfilm, Paradox, Maipo Film, Motlys, Fabelaktiv, Rein Film, Fjordic Film, True Content Entertainment, and Alfred Film & TV. The International Sami Film Institute will also showcase a slate of indigenous feature films in progress.

- Our storytellers and production companies are confidently and rapidly expanding into the global market, poised to make a significant impact. Norwegian films and series are on the rise, says Dag Asbjornsen, Head of Section, International Relations at Norwegian Film Institute.

First time in 2020

Fiction Norway was organized for the first time in Tromsø in 2020, introducing projects such as LET THE RIVER FLOW by Ole Giæver, SICK OF MYSELF by Kristoffer Borgli (Un Certain Regard, 2022) and THE NIGHTMARE by Kjersti H. Rasmussen (Fantastic Fest, 2022). Fittingly enough, this year's opening film is the premiere of LET THE RIVER FLOW, whereas THE NIGHTMARE will have its Norwegian premiere later in the festival.

The 2022 edition of Fiction Norway was held in Los Angeles during the Oscars Week, celebrating Norway’s six Academy Award nominations – including Liv Ullmann’s Honorary Oscar and THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD’s nominations in the Best International Feature and Best Original Screenplay categories.

In other industry sidebars, Tromsø International Film Festival presents a work-in-progress of Sami feature films, as well as NORTH Pitch, a financing forum for documentaries tackling arctic life and issues, with participation from broadcasters such as NDR, SVT, NRK, DR and YLE, regional film funds and film institutes.

Read more about Fiction Norway at TIFF here: