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The Nordisk Film & TV Fond supports nine new projects

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- On this occasion, the Nordic body will back the making of two fiction features, three TV series and four documentary features

The Nordisk Film & TV Fond supports nine new projects
Director Malene Choi Jensen

The Nordisk Film & TV Fond has announced the recipients of its August round of funding. On this occasion, the Oslo-based agency has allocated a total of 9,750,000 Norwegian crowns (circa €958,000) to backing the making of two fiction features, three TV series and four documentary features.

The two fiction features in receipt of the body’s grants are Hilmar Oddsson’s Road Trip with Mom (1 million Norwegian crowns/€98,500) and Malene Choi Jensen’s The Quiet Migration (800,000 Norwegian crowns/€79,000). Oddsson’s project, produced by Iceland’s Ursus Parvus, centres on a man called Jon. When his domineering mother passes away in their isolated Westfjords home, he must honour her dying wish to bring her body across Iceland to its final resting place in her hometown. As they travel, Jon’s whole existence takes on a new meaning. Sena is in charge of the film’s domestic distribution.

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Meanwhile, Kjeldgaard’s feature, staged by Denmark’s Manna Film and set to be distributed nationwide by Øst for Paradis, follows 19-year-old Carl, a boy adopted from South Korea, who lives a quiet life on his parents’ farm, but feels estranged within his own family. He is faced with the choice of seeking out his origins or embracing his destiny in the Danish countryside.

Next, the three TV series awarded production bursaries are Natasha Arty’s 8x60 Carmen Curlers (produced by Denmark’s DR Drama, 2.8 million Norwegian crowns/€275,500), NRK’s 8x7 TV special Nordic Christmas, staged by Norway’s Qvisten Animation (1.7 million Norwegian crowns/€167,000), and Rebecca Wirkola Kjellmann’s 6x40 Saving the Fucking Planet (produced by Norway’s Fenomen TV Film & Scene, 1 million Norwegian crowns/€98,500).

The slate of funding for documentaries includes Erik Gandini’s After Work (produced by Sweden’s Fasad, 850,000 Norwegian crowns/€83,500), Margreth Olin’s Songs of Earth (staged by Norway’s Speranza Film, 600,000 Norwegian crowns/€59,000), Stian Indrevoll’s The Raaby Mystery (produced by Norwegian studio Screen Story Film & TV, 550,000 Norwegian crowns/€54,000) and Maria Fredriksson’s The Gullspång Miracle (produced by Sweden’s Ballad Film, 450,000 Norwegian crowns/€44,000).

Moreover, 530,000 Norwegian crowns (€52,000) went to Sweden’s TriArt to distribute the Norwegian productions The Worst Person in the World [+see also:
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and A-HA – The Movie [+see also:
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, as well as the Danish movie Flee [+see also:
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. Finally, the body allocated 350,000 Norwegian crowns (€34,500) to backing the Nordisk Panorama Forum & Market and 100,000 Norwegian crowns (€10,000) to supporting the Reykjavik International Film Festival’s RIFF Industry Days.

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