Nordic Genre Boost in Haugesund

22. July 2015

Following the launch of the Nordic Genre Boost initiative last December, Nordisk Film & TV Fond received a record number of 113 applications. Seven projects was selected and will be pitched to buyers, distributors and funders in Haugesund during New Nordic Films’ Co-Production and Finance Market.

The seven projects selected, ranging from horror to science fiction and dystopian fantasies, will also receive a development grant of NOK 200.000 each from Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

– The response from our Nordic Genre Boost initiative has been amazing and shows that it fulfils a need in the market, says Nordisk Film & TV Fond CEO Petri Kemppinen in a previous press release.

– The selected genre titles offer an interesting combination of new talents collaborating with established producers and experienced directors.

The selected projects in alphabetical order:


Country: Finland
Genre: Horror Comedy

A new breed of mosquitoes is spreading across Finnish Lapland. First feature film by Elin Grönblom, produced by Leila Lyytikäinen of Fisher King Production.

Country: Finland
Genre: Horror/Slasher/Survival

A group of teenagers decide to reconstruct an unsolved murder and every camper´s worst nightmare comes true. Third feature film by Taneli Mustonen, produced by Aleksi Hyvärinen of Don Films.

Country: Denmark/Sweden
Genre: Horror/Supernatural

Troll mythology meets a dark romantic, horror story – based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In). First feature film by Ali Abbasi, produced by Nina Bisgaard of Meta Film.

«Bright Skies»
Country: Norway
Genre: Science Fiction/Drama

UFO-events of an international scale inspire secrecy in a tiny Norwegian valley. Second feature film by André Øvredal (Troll Hunter), produced by John Einar Hagen of Nordisk Film Production.

«The Highlands»
Country: Iceland
Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

Modern saga set in the volcanic hinterlands, based on a novel by Steinar Bragi. By Ragnar Bragason (Metalhead) produced by Skúli Malmquist and Thor Sigurjonsson of Zik Zak Filmworks.

«Teenage Jesus»
Country: Denmark
Genre: Science Fiction

Scifi pop noir about girls with endangering talents, who are locked away in an institution. First feature film by Marie Grathø Sørensen, produced by Amalie Lyngbo Hjort and Peter Hyldahl of Beofilm.

«Thale – Conflux»
Country: Norway
Genre: Fantasy

Spellbinders and lurking creatures from Norwegian folklore come alive. Third feature film by Aleksander Nordaas, produced by Bendik Heggen Strønstrand of Yesbox Productions.