Filmgate launches production company

Established four years ago, Swedish post house Filmgate, based in Gothenburg and specializing in high-end visual effects and DI, has continued to grow.

In 2009, it completed its first domestic co-production, the Swedish sci-fi comedy “Kenny Begins,” and now it has launched its own production shingle, Filmgate Films, which will be concentrating on international co-productions.

“There is so much that Sweden can offer in terms of technique, professionalism and creativity which other countries can tap into. If you throw in the possibility of regional film finance, such as Film i Vast, there are even more reasons for international producers to consider Sweden for both post and production,” co-founder and CEO Sean Wheelan says.

Since its inception, Filmgate has worked on more than 30 features from nine countries, including Denmark’s “Antichrist” and “Island of Lost Souls,” Sweden’s “Mammoth” and “Arn” and Brit productions “Eden Lake” and “The Descent: Part 2.” Filmgate has just completed Neil Marshall’s “Centurion” and has begun work on the remake of “Brighton Rock.”

“From the post side, not only have we proved to high-end international producers that working remotely from Sweden is problem free, but also very cost effective. We believe these are very interesting times here in Sweden, and there seems to be a growing interest especially thanks to the success of Swedish award-winning films like ‘King of Ping Pong’ and ‘Let the Right One In,'” says Wheelan.

Filmgate’s got a busy 2010, not only from the post side but also from a production point of view. The slate of films on which they’re co-producers includes French-Irish “The Last Furlong,” Irvine Welsh-helmed “The Magnificent 11″ and U.S. productions “Girls Against Boys” and “Mangus.”

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