Nordic Fund’s TV Angle Spurs Rift Among Members

A major dispute has broken out between the Swedish Film Institute and other top members of the Nordic Film & TV Fund, the chief funding instrument for film across the Nordic territories.

The fund pumps upwards of $10 million a year into financing films from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. The fund is supported by the governments, film institutes and TV companies of the five Nordic countries. It was one of the principal funding sources for the high-profile “Kristin Lavransdatter.”

The dispute is over new statutes in the fund’s articles of agreement which require that all new projects be backed first by two cinemas and two television distributors before they receive funding.

Says Gunnar Carlsson, head of the Swedish Film Institute’s international department. “The Institute’s mission is to subsidize Swedish film for the cinema. We have nothing against films being shown on television, but that TV should have the final go ahead on whether or not our films get funded is ‘unacceptable.'”

The board also appointed a new head of the Fund, Norwegian film and television director Dag Alveberg, and relocated its offices to Norway, where Alveberg is based.

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