Denmark: Intensified focus on international biz

Location: Europe 2012 - Denmark

The Danish government’s support for the film biz for 2011-14 totals 2.1 billion krones ($374 million), with up to 50% devoted to development and production.

Last year saw the launch of the Film Policy Accord, whose aims include the creation of a more flexible support system, and the boosting of talent development and international co-production.

The Danish Film Institute has intensified its focus on the international biz with the creation of an international office, which aims to help forge cross-border partnerships.

The DFI continues to award subsidies to co-production, which helps build long-term international partnerships and develop skills within the local film industry. The application must be submitted by a Danish production company, and there must be Danish creative or technical participation in the production.

The pic has to have theatrical distribution in Denmark in place or be broadcast on national Danish television.

The DFI is able to allocate funding up to a maximum of 60% of the Danish producer’s share.

Leading Danish companies like Zentropa (“Melancholia”), Nimbus (“Superclasico”) and Nordisk Film (“Worlds Apart”) regularly make international co-productions, often in the English language, and smaller outfits are catching up too.

Funding for kids and youth films are a priority. Regional funds include FilmFyn, which has $2.1 million a year for feature film support, and West Danish Film Fund/Filmby Aarhus, which has $1.5 million.

Danish pics can also tap into the Nordisk Film and TV Fond.

Within Denmark, the main studio space is found at Nordisk Film Studios at Risby and Valby, Zentropa’s Filmbyen, which is a former military base and houses a range of film facilities, the Danish Film Studios, which lies to the north of Copenhagen, and a new studio Filmstation Vaerlose, which is a 25-minute drive from Copenhagen.

There are also two modern studios at Filmby Aarhus in Western Denmark.

Most of the facilities companies work across Nordic borders, with strong links with Sweden in particular.

Many Danish pics shoot at Sweden’s Trollhattan studios.

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