The 20th eQuinoxe Europe Intl. Screenwriter’s Workshop returns to the majestic Sognefjord in Western Norway, to celebrate its 20th workshop. Screenwriters and experts - BAFTA-winners and Oscar-nominees - from Australia, UK, France, India, Germany, Switzerland, Bosnia Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Austria and Finland will meet for a one-week creative exchange at the historic Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand.
Western Norway Film Commission exhibits at the Indian International Film Tourism Conclave in Mumbai, February 23rd - 25th.
If you are interested in hearing more about filming in Norway and accessing the 25% cash rebate, visit us in our booth located at the Marriott Hotel JW Juhu, Juhu Tara Road.
Norway announced its state budget for 2017 today, and will set aside NOK 56 million (approximately USD 7 million) for the 25% film incentive, up from NOK 45 million in 2016. The incentive aims to encourage large budget productions to film in Norway, and comes in addition to funding programmes for domestic production and co-production.
Norwegian Film Institute will open for applications for the 25% film incentive on September 1st 2016, and the application deadline is set for January 2017. Production costs assumed in Norway after confirmed receipt of the application will qualify for the cash back. The program cap will be announced in the State Budget, expected October 6th 2016.
The shooting of the Telugu film Premam, a remake of the Malayalam hit with the same name, completed successfully in Norway last week, with filming taking place in Aurland (pictured), Flåm, Stalheim, Voss, and Ulvik. Two songs depicting dream sequences of the lead actors Shruti Haasan and Naga Chaitanya will be a part of the film releasing this fall.
Backed by Norway's new cash rebate, Alexander Payne's eagerly awaited Matt Damon-starrer moves to Western Norway and Lofoten to capture coastal and fjord locales. Downsizing stars Kristen Wiig (of Norwegian descent), Alec Baldwin, Jason Sudeikis, Neal Patrick Harris, Christoph Waltz, Udo Kier, Paul Mabon, Warren Belle and Hong Chau, as well as Nordic actors such as Norway's Ingjerd Egebjerg and Sweden's Rolf Lassgård.
Western Norway Film Commission hosted a spectacular location tour in early May, just days before the spring blossoming. The tour encompassed fjord, mountain, village and glacier locations in the areas of Sunnfjord, Nordfjord, Sunnmøre and Romsdal, making the most out of the 48 hours available for the scout.
Between April 21 and 23 more than 3,000 delegates will gather at the Marriott Burbank Conference Center in LA for the 31st annual Locations & Global Finance Show, organized by the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). Film commissions from all continents will exhibit at the show, presenting production incentives, infrastructure and locations to the LA industry.
Western Norway Film Commission will exhibit at the show, so come by and visit us at booth #113 for a chat about filming locations and the filmmaking opportunities in Norway, film incentives and co-production funding. Attendance at the Locations & Global Finance Show is free of charge.
Bergen has been selected to host the 2016 ACE Producers Reunion. The event will be held at various venues in Bergen between the 7th and 10th of April 2016, hosted by Western Norway Film Commission and Vestnorsk filmsenter AS, with support from Norwegian Film Institute, the regional film funds, City of Bergen and Hordaland County.
Bergen has shown off its most wintry self to welcome director Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let The Right One In) and the cast and crew of The Snowman. Coming to cinemas worldwide in October 2017, the adaptation of Jo Nesbø's best selling crime novel is shooting on location in Bergen, its surrounding mountains and archipelago, as well as in Oslo and the area of Rjukan.
Western Norway Film Commission will be at the Berlinale / European Film Market from February 12th to 16th, to present Norway's new 25% film incentive to international film producers, to promote the wide range of locations and filming opportunities available in the region, and to meet international partners and networks.
Monday Monday February 15th, under the Scandinavian Locations banner, Western Norway Film Commission will co-host a networking brunch at the Nordic Embassies in Berlin for invited filmmakers, film commissioners, film festivals, markets and funds.
To request meetings in Berlin, please contact:
Film Commissioner: Sigmund Elias Holm
2016 starts with a bang for Italian cinema. Quo Vado, shot on location in Bergen, Eidfjord, Svalbard (Norway), Conversano (Puglia, Italy) and Aprilia (Lazio, Italy), will open on midnight December 31 in select theatres such as The Space in Rome, and rolls out in 900 copies nationwide on January 1st. (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in comparison, was distributed in a mere 850 copies in Italy).