Norway: Beefing up local industry

Location: Europe 2012 - Norway

Norway, which produces nearly 30 feature films a year, provides $92 million annually in funding for the local film biz, administered by the Norwegian Film Institute.

As well as beefing up the local film industry, the NFI aims to up the number of pics for children and young people, and move toward gender balance in the local film biz.

The NFI also aims to boost funding for international co-productions, which can qualify for local funding if they have a Norwegian partner. A further $2.3 million is available for co-productions where the Norwegian partner is a minority co-producer. A theatrical release in Norway is essential to qualify for funding.

Norway signed the European Convention on Co-Production in 2009, and is a member of the European co-production fund, Eurimages.

The country has 11 regional film centers with their own funds, which also can be made available to foreign producers. Foreign producers can also obtain refunds on value added tax for purchases made in Norway and on the import of goods.

Film Commission Norway, which is part of the NFI, acts as a link between the national and the international film sectors.

Storyline Studios, which is the country’s biggest studio as well as offering a wide range of film services, is in Oslo.

In Northern Norway, FilmCamp provides studio space as well as film facilities, and also has funds for international co-productions.

Storm Studios is the largest supplier of vfx for films in Norway; other post-production companies include Shortcut and BUG.

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