The Norwegian government launched its new film policy today, and is set to strengthen the regional film funds, and to introduce film incentives to attract international ventures.
Norway's culture minister, Thorhild Widvey, said the new scheme will be effective from 2016, and based on a reimbursement of costs incurred during the film’s production in Norway. The incentive will be modelled on similar schemes in Europe, such as UK or Iceland. A reimbursement of 20% to 25% is reportedly being targeted.
Details will be determined in the coming months, but it is clear that the incentive will be valid for feature films and tv drama, and that it can be combined with regional film funds.
This is a breakthrough for Norway. It clearly shows that there’s a political and administrative will to make Norway a competitive filming location.
The Nordic countries has a tremendously talented creative industry, which has sparked the world's interest in Nordic stories and settings. Norway will now become a winning combination for producers: Norwegian crews and production houses delivers high production value on low budgets, everyone speaks English, and the country has a plethora of spectacular locations that world audiences have still to discover.
The film incentive scheme will make Norway competitive, and with the possibility to combine the incentive with support from the regional funds we have a winning package.