Film i Väst: One of the busiest production hubs in Europe through the pandemic
Film i Väst, the public film fund for the western region of Sweden, is fully up and running during the pandemic, with as many productions booked as before covid-19 shut down production globally.
Film i Väst has seen an influx of productions, with numbers on par with last years, which goes against the global trend of halting or slowing down productions due to the pandemic. Ruben Östlund recently shot Triangle of Sadness, the follow-up to Golden Globes and Oscar-nominated The Square, with Woody Harrelson leading the cast at the shoot in Trollhättan. Joachim Trier, director of Palme d’Or nominee Louder than bombs, will soon start production on The Worst Person In The World, followed by Tarik Saleh, who’ll shoot Boy From Heaven, starring Fares Fares in the follow up to Saleh’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Nile Hilton Incident.
Several productions that were scheduled to shoot elsewhere in Europe have been relocated to Film i Väst and west Sweden, notably among them The Emigrants, SF Studios’ new major feature, which will start shooting in the region this week. The epic drama is directed by Erik Poppe, with a cast including Gustaf Skarsgård, Lisa Carlehed and Sofia Helin, and Grammy and Golden Globe nominated singer Tove Lo making her acting debut. Another feature that’s also relocated production to the region is Hannes Holm’s follow-up to Oscar-nominated A Man Called Ove, which is a modern take on the classic Swedish tale The Story of Karl-Bertil Jonsson’s Christmas Eve.
– We’ve increased our investments in several productions, to make sure they have ample funding for safety measures, and we’ve also covered costs for production delays due to the pandemic, as well as costs for relocations. As result, we’re busier than ever, and most importantly: all productions remain healthy, which means that we’ve been able to welcome international talent like Woody Harrelson to Sweden, says Mikael Fellenius, CEO of Film i Väst. It means a lot that runaway productions are moving back to Sweden, and that we’re seeing the industry moving forward through difficult times.
– We are very happy to finally be able to start shooting The Emigrants, and I am especially excited that the production will take place in Sweden. The Emigrants is this decade’s largest film investment for SF Studios, and the fact that we have been able to adapt to the circumstances even as we face new challenges due to the pandemic and move a production of this size to Sweden, will hopefully give a much needed boost to Swedish, as well as Nordic and international film production, says Fredrik Wikström Nicastro, producer at SF Studios.
Despite unusual circumstances, Film i Väst has had another good year at festivals, with three films in Cannes’ Official Selection 2020: Thomas Vinterberg’s Last Round, shot in Region Västra Götaland and co-produced by Film i Väst, Magnus von Horn’s Sweat and Ninja Thyberg’s Pleasure. Last Round was also selected by Toronto, San Sebastian and London. Earlier this year, Film i Väst had six co-productions in Berlin: Sally Potter’s The Roads not Taken, Cristi Puiu’s Malmkrog, Maria Sødahl’s Hope, Jon Holmberg’s Sune – Best man, Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler’s Monty and the Street Party. For Venice Film Festival Film i Väst has co-produced Kaouther Ben Hania’sThe Man Who Sold His Skin.
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Film i Väst is Scandinavia’s leading film fund, based on the Swedish west coast. Since 1992, Film i Väst has co-produced and invested in more than 1.000 films and scripted TV projects. Over the past decade, Film i Väst has co-produced over 100 films screening in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto and Sundance. Since 2011, Film i Väst co-productions have received eight Oscar® nominations, including winner In A Better World (Susanne Bier), and nominees The Wife (Björn Runge) and A Royal Affair (Nikolaj Arcel, starring Alicia Vikander). Film i Väst co-productions have received eleven Palme d’Or nominations and two wins, including Lars von Trier’s Dancer In The Dark and Ruben Östlund’s The Square.
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Film i Väst Analysis introduces an unique pan-European study on audiovisual funding in Venice1.9.2023 10:25:46 CEST | Pressmeddelande
During the film festival in Venice Film i Väst Analysis introduces av unique, pan-European study, All that is solid melts into air – Public Film Funding at a Crossroads II. It is presented at a seminar as a part of Venice Production Bridge by Tomas Eskilsson, head of Film i Väst Analysis. Public Film and Audiovisual Policies and Funding at a Crossroads is a research project in three parts that explores and discuss the future purpose and relevance of film and audiovisual funding. Last year’s much talked about and debated report Public Film Funding at a Crossroads is now followed up with All that is solid melts into air – Public Film Funding at a Crossroads II.
Nine new co-productions presented in Cannes19.5.2023 11:50:11 CEST | Press release
Nine new projects were presented at the traditional Film i Väst press conference in Cannes. Among the directors introducing their projects were Anders Thomas Jensen, Magnus von Horn, Emma Bucht and Ragnhild Ekner.
Film i Väst’s co-production About Dry Grasses in competition in Cannes13.4.2023 12:08:33 CEST | Press release
The Turkish director and scriptwriter Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s About Dry Grasses has been selected for competition at Festival de Cannes. The film is co-produced by Film i Väst and Nadir Öperli and Beata Gårdeler at Second Land. Parts of the post production have been made in Västra Götaland. Furthermore Felipe Gálves’ The Settlershas been selected for Un Certain Regard.
PRESS INVITATION: The unveiling of Europe’s No. 1 projector-based Virtual Production Wall27.1.2023 11:25:11 CET | Press release
Tuesday January 31 Europe’s largets projector-based Virtual Production Wall will be unveiled in Studio Fares, Trollhättan, Sweden. The Wall is 24 x 8 meters, which makes it easy to project different sceneries on different parts of the wall and still be able to film in the studio on other set constructions.
Grand slam for Ruben Östlund at the European Film Awards11.12.2022 00:03:59 CET | Press release
It was Ruben Östlund’s night at the European Film Awards gala in Reykjavik, Iceland. His Triangle of Sadness was rewarded with European Film, European Director and European Screenwriter. A grand slam! Furthermore Zlatko Buric won European Actor. Triangle of Sadness is co-produced by Film i Väst and was partially shot in Göteborg and Trollhättan, Studio Fares.
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