Early Spring Location Tour

Early Spring Location Tour

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. 

Western Norway to AFCI Locations & Global Finance Show

Western Norway to AFCI Locations & Global Finance Show

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. 

ACE Producers Reunion to Bergen

ACE Producers Reunion to Bergen

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 Welcomes The Snowman

Bergen Welcomes The Snowman

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. 

WNFC at European Film Market

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
Email: sigmund@wnfc.no

Quo Vado - Box Office Sensation

Quo Vado - Box Office Sensation

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). 

The Snowman Set For 2017

A release date of October 13, 2017, has been set for Universal Pictures' and Working Title Films' highly anticipated The Snowman. 

The Snowman is based on Jo Nesbø's global best-seller, and stars Golden Globe nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men, Steve Jobs), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) and Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence, Antichrist, Nymphomaniac).

The thriller, helmed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), will begin principal photography on January 18th, and will shoot on location in Bergen (pictured above), Oslo and the area of Rjukan. 

Fassbender plays an elite crime squad’s lead detective who investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, and fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. He teams with a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson) to connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one.

The Snowman is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Piodor Gustafsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) for Another Park Film. Executive producers are Jo Nesbø, Niclas Salomonsson, Martin Scorsese, Tomas Alfredson, Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger.

1st Incentive Deadline

The Norwegian Film Institute has announced that the incentive programme will go into effect on January 1st, when the online application form will be available on the institute's website. The first application deadline will be January 21st, and applications may be submitted in Norwegian or English. 

The main producer can apply for the incentive, but the grant recipient must be an audiovisual production company registered in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises, established specifically for the production.

Applications will be reviewed by the Norwegian Film Institute's production advisors, and it is expected that funding decisions will be taken within 6 weeks of the application deadline. 

The grant amount may total up to 25% of Norwegian qualifying production expenditure. Costs which arise before the Norwegian Film Institute confirms receipt of the application, will not be approved. 

Photo by Sverre Hjørnevik / wwww.fjordnorway.com

Attractive Exchange Rate

Attractive Exchange Rate

The Norwegian Kroner (NOK) is plummeting against the dollar, pound and euro, making Norway an attractive filming location. As of November 19th 2015, one euro now gives you 9.25 Norwegian kroner, up over 25% over the last three-four years. The US dollar has performed even better, up by 65% in 4 years, from a low 5.25 to 8.65. The British pound has experienced a similar journey: One pound now gives you 13.20 kroner, up 50% from 8.5.

Rita Osei Shooting Bliss!

Rita Osei Shooting Bliss!

After several weeks of filming in Northeast England, director Rita Osei has turned to Western Norway to shoot the final scenes of Bliss! on locations in Bergen, Flåm and Fjærland.

Bliss! is penned by Osei and Jenny Wilkes, together with Writers Guild Award winner Alex Ferguson, and follows 16-year-old Tasha Robson who runs away from home in South Shields, in search of her unknown Scandinavian father. 

Norway to Launch Film Incentives

Norway to Launch Film Incentives

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.