Iceland and Norway are the most active territories in terms of offering production incentives to foreign co-producers.
In Iceland, following a successful six-year trial period of a 12% rebate on production costs spent there, local industryites are confident the government will extend the program. A decision is expected imminently. With more than 30 international co-productions shot in the region since 2001, including “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” “Batman Begins” and “Flags of Our Fathers,” the attempt has stimulated the Icelandic film industry and pleased international producers with its straightforward procedure. All financing must be cleared before shooting, and an Icelandic production company link is an advantage.
As for Norway, its minister of culture, Tronde Giske, announced at this year’s Cannes fest that he’s proposing a Norwegian tax-incentive program with a 15% rebate for international production costs spent in the country. A majority of the parliament is in favor of the proposal and the program is expected to kick off relatively soon. Key requirement most likely will be engaging a Norwegian co-producer.
- Icelandic Film Center: Web: icelandicfilmcentre.is; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Contact: Martin Schluter.
- Film in Iceland Agency: Web: film-in-iceland.com; Email: email@example.com; Contact: Einar Tomasson.
- Assn. Icelandic Film Producers: Web: producers.is; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Contact: Agnes Johanson.
- Norwegian Film Commission: Web: norwegianfilm. com; Email: truls.kontny@ norwegianfilm.com; Contact: Truls Kontny.
- Norwegian Film Service: Web: film-service.no; Email: email@example.com; Contact: Anne Voie Heier.
- Alligator Film: Web: alligatorfilm.no; Email: lars.erik@ alligator.no; Contact: Lars Erik Orgensen
One of Norway’s newest facilities is FilmCamp, a former military base in Troms county in the far north. Less than nine months after its establishment, three projects were in production at the facility, including helmer Nils Gaup’s Norwegian-Danish-Swedish drama “The Kautokeino Rebellion” and Armenian drama “Bounded Parallels.” Twenty-four-hour daylight in the summer and some of the best locations in Norway attract producers to this wilderness area with its rugged coastline, mountains, fjords and forests. Just 30 minutes from the Bardufoss airport, FilmCamp sports one soundstage, offices, accommodation, funding opportunities and professional support; most technical equipment must be brought in.
Contact: Kjetil Jensberg (firstname.lastname@example.org); Phone: +47 90 15 25 06; C