Haugesund Hosts First Edition of ‘Nordic Genre Boost’

Tapping into distributors’ and sales agents’ appetite for elevated foreign-language genre fare, the Haugesund Film Festival is set to spotlight Scandinavian genre movies at the Nordic Genre Boost, a dedicated seminar co-hosted by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

Seven projects will be pitched to international industryites at the confab, which will be moderated by Annick Mahnert, who serves as managing director at Screen Division and acquisition exec at Raven Banner Entertainment. More than 300 participants are expected to attend.

The Haugesund event is one of the two workshops hosted as part of the Nordic Genre Boost initiative. The first workshop took place at Helsinki’s Night Visions International fest in April.

“There has always been a fascination for Scandinavian genre films from the international market. Films like ‘Adam’s Apple’ or ‘Let the Right One In’ have paved the road. Recently, titles like ‘Thale,’ ‘Iron Sky,’ ‘When Animals Dream’ or this year’s ‘What We Become’ attracted a lot of interest from the international market,” said Mahnert. “The fact that some of these titles were selected to play at A-festivals also shows how serious and qualitative they are. The international audiences react to them, and so does the market.”

The genre showcase will present Elin Grönblom’s debut “Bloodsuckers,” produced by Finland’s Fisher King Productions; Taneli Mustonen’s “Bodom,” produced by Finland’s Don Films; Ali Abbasi’s “Border,” produced by Denmark’s Metafilm; André Øvredal’s “Bright Skies,” produced by Norway’s Nordisk Film; Ragnar Bragason’s “The Highlands,” produced by Iceland’s Zik Zak Filmworks; Marie Grathø Nordaas’s “Teenage Jesus,” produced by Denmark’s Beofilm; and Aleksander Nordaas’s “Thale-Conflux,” produced by Norway’s Yesbox Productions.

Nordic Genre Boost will take place Aug. 19-20.

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