Sweden boosts regional prod’n sites

Aid from EU, Swedish Film Institute help

COPENHAGEN — Regional film production centers are sprouting in Sweden, following the success of Trollhattan’s Film i Vast, which will help produce 13 features, including Thomas Vinterberg’s “It’s All About Love” (which started principal photography April 23) and Lars von Trier’s upcoming “Dogville.”

A $2.2 million subsidy from the European Union and aid from the Swedish Film Institute have sparked two centers, Filmpool Nord in Norbotten and Film i Vasterbotten, while a third in Skane is in the planning stages. Private investors are trying to set up a studio in former military barracks at Farosund on the island of Gotland.

“They will hardly reach the same format as Trollhattan,” says film center consultant Susann Jonsson of the Swedish Film Institute. “But they are part of the national film policy, and the general structural efforts to back regional development.”

Begun in 1992, Film i Vast has over the years lured numerous Scandi productions to Trollhattan, contributing to their budgets provided they spend 200% of the money when they are there. In 2000, the center invested $3.9 million in feature films, creating at least $7.8 million in revenue in the region.

In Denmark, Aarhus — the country’s second-largest city — is prepping a $7.5 million film center in a former power plant; it’s set to start construction in the autumn. The Danish Film Institute, pubcaster DRTV, production house Frontier and the East of Eden theater are ready to move in.

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