In recent years, Western Norway has witnessed a signifcant increase in film and content production across all formats. This is partly thanks to the establishment of the film investment fund FUZZ in 2006, and thanks to the growing Western Norway Film Centre pooling funds to development, documentaries and new talent.
Evidence of this can be seen in the number of feature films shot on location in the area or produced by local companies. Between January 2008 and October 2009 the number of feature films partly or entirely shot in the region clocks in at 11.
The region has since long been regarded as the preferred international production destination in Norway and Scandinavia. Back in 1980 Lucasfilm chose Western Norway as the setting for the ice planet Hoth (Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back)
, and since then a number of major US features and European projects have shot in the area.
Western Norway is also popular with commercial producers and agencies alike, due to the spectacular scenery, the experienced line producers and the efficient production skills of local crew. The region has been the backdrop for many major commercials, including Audi