I am currently project manager for, i.e. developing and organizing, the new Nordic Film & TV Fund initiative, Nordic Genre Boost with CEO Petri Kemppinen and his colleagues. The Fund decided in 2014 to create a new 2-year Nordic development initiative targeting the rapidly expanding regional and international field of genre film and TV-projects.
Writers, directors and producers from the Nordic countries, developing a genre project, have applied for the 2015-programme, which will consist of 2 workshops and 2 online follow-ups; the first workshop will be in Helsinki/Finland, during the Night Visions Festival, and the second in Haugesund/Norway as part of the Nordic Co-Production and Finance Market. Combining group- and individual sessions, and in collaboration with Nordic and international peers and trainers, each project will be developed in areas such as script, financing, distribution, marketing and audience engagement.
Currently, four very experienced international trainers are attached to the programme, producer Brendan McCarthy (head of development, financing and distribution at Fantastic Films/Ireland), scriptwriter and -consultant Gino Ventriglia (among others at TorinoFilmLab, Rai Cinema and Scuola Holden/Italy); scriptwriter, director and script consultant Jan Forsström (Finland) and acquisitions/sales- and festival consultant Annick Mahnert (Screen Division/France).
The selected projects are – in alphabetical order:
Horror comedy. 1st feature film by Elin Grönblom, produced by Leila Lyytikäinen of Fisher King Production.
Horror/Slasher/Survival. 3rd feature film by Taneli Mustonen, produced by Aleksi Hyvärinen of Don Films.
Nordic horror/supernatural. 1st feature film by Ali Abbasi, produced by Nina Bisgaard of Meta Film. Story is based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In).
Fantasy/Science Fiction. 2nd feature film by André Øvredal (Troll Hunter), produced by John Einar Hagen of Eldorado Films.
Science Fiction. 1st feature film by Marie Grathø Sørensen, produced by Amalie Lyngbo Hjort and Peter Hyldahl of Beofilm.
Fantasy. 3rd feature film by Aleksander Nordaas, produced by Bendik Heggen Strønstrand of Yesbox Productions.
Psychological horror thriller by Ragnar Bragason (Metalhead) produced by Skúli Malmquist and Thor Sigurjonsson of Zik Zak Filmworks. Based on a novel by Steinar Bragi.