Jo Nesbo’s Snowman Heading To Norway

It is no secret that an American adaptation of Jo Nesbø's bestseller The Snowman is in pre-production. However, whilst Stockholm has long been in the running, the recent announcement of tax breaks for film and TV in Norway has ensured that the Working Title's vision to shoot exterior scenes there will soon be realised. Former culture commissioner Hallstein Bjercke said in a statement: "I announce that the production of The Snowman will be located in Oslo. This is something that I

Sparrows And Rams Continue to Dominate Festivals

Sparrows, Rúnar Rúnarsson's feature, has continued its award winning run with Best Film in the 1-2 Competition at the Warsaw Film Festival. The jury awarded Sparrows the prize for its “masterfully and poetically crafted journey of an anti-hero, up to an unforgettable humanistic ending. The “1-2” in the award title refers to a film being either the first or second feature of a director. This coming of age drama won the Golden Shell award last month for Best Film at the

Norway’s Tax Rebate Attracts Hollywood

On October 8th, Norway announced that as of 2016 a 25% tax break will be applied to TV and film production. Soon after, some major players from the US were seen in Oslo discussing the possibility of bringing projects to Norway. “We’ve had 2-3 big projects from Hollywood coming to us and have seen an immediate increase of interest from foreign producers,” said Truls Kontny, Head of the Norwegian Film Commission. There is, however, a NOK 45 million ceiling (around €4.8 million) set for reimbursement in

Iron Sky The Coming Age Begins Filming Next Week

Timo Vuorensola’s Iron Sky The Coming Age, a follow up to his 2012 sci-fi cult film Iron Sky, begins filming on Monday 19th October at AED Studios, Antwerp. The final product should be released in 2017, and will feature a musical score by Laibach. The Finnish/German/Belgian co-production is billed as being the biggest live action Finnish movie ever made with a budget of €17 million. The film’s creators launched no less than three crowdfunding campaigns towards the financing and were able

Rams Wins At The Hamptons

Iceland's entry for the 88th Academy Awards, Rams (Hrútar), has won the HIFF Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The award, given to an emerging director, marks another win in a strong festival run that began with the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes in May. To date the film has been in competition at seven international film festivals, winning the main prize at five of them, and gaining eight awards overall. It has also screened