The Norwegian Film Commission will also be present at the upcoming Shooting Locations Marketplace, which will take place on the 17th and 18th of October. It will be an excellent opportunity to discover how they can assist you in choosing the perfect location for your film, series, or audiovisual project.
What does Norway offer in terms of location?
The Norwegian Film Commission not only provides sets for your production but offers a range of landscapes and environments so diverse they could be considered characters in themselves. For instance, the architecture along the Geiranger fjord is truly unique, providing a romantic yet majestic atmosphere that is hard to replicate anywhere else. Imagine a scene where characters sail a boat along the fjord, with steep mountains and picturesque houses as a backdrop.
But if your production requires something truly icy, the glaciers in Svalbard are perfect. These ice masses offer an aesthetic that could work for adventure films, science fiction, or even survival dramas. Moreover, natural phenomena like the Northern Lights and the midnight sun could lend a magical or surreal touch to your project. Imagine a love scene under the Northern Lights or a psychological thriller where the midnight sun serves as a disturbing element.
Norway is much more than nature
Moving to a more urban setting, cities like Oslo and Bergen offer urban locations with architecture that ranges from historic to ultra-modern. They could be the perfect setting for urban dramas, romantic comedies, or spy movies. Furthermore, Norway is also home to fishing and maritime ports like Mausundvær in Frøya or the port of Reine in Lofoten. More than simple docks filled with boats, they are vibrant communities that provide a hard-to-find authenticity. We cannot forget other structures like bridges and roads. Whether it’s the Romsdalen bridge or the Fredvang bridge in Lofoten, these structures offer a fantastic backdrop for action scenes, chases, or even introspective moments. There are also the solitary lighthouses like Sletringen, which can serve as a powerful symbol in your narrative, as well as being visually impressive.
A partner in production
Norway not only offers spectacular locations but also an attractive financial incentive for filmmakers. Through the Norwegian film production incentive program, a 25% cash rebate is offered on local expenses for films and TV productions with international distribution. This means that you can not only take advantage of the breathtaking landscapes and unique locations but also make your budget go further.
To qualify for this incentive, certain requirements must be met, including a cultural and production test, as well as criteria related to the project’s size. It’s a competitive system, and the allocation of the incentive is awarded to the highest-ranked projects in each round.
If you have a project in mind, it’s crucial to note the deadlines. The current application window is open, and the deadline for submitting your application is the 23rd of November 2023. Given that the evaluation period is six to eight weeks, the upcoming edition of the Shooting Locations Marketplace on the 17th and 18th of October is a perfect time to get fully informed about how they can assist you.