Nordnorsk Filmsenter (North Norwegian Film Centre) is an independent regional centre for short and documentary films, supported by the three counties in North Norway (Nordland, Troms and Finnmark) and the host municipality, Tromso. Established in 1981, it is the oldest regional film centre in Norway.
Our main goal is to support filmmakers in the region through our production grants, and assist and develop the film industry. We distribute funds from the Norwegian Ministry of Cultural Affairs, and the production and development grants for 2014 amount to approximately EUR 1.100.000. The centre mainly serves independent production companies in the region, international productions are required to have a regional co-producer.
We support around 25-30 titles per year, and a selection of recent titles are:
Sami FilmLab (7 indigenous shorts) (2015)
Lordi – The monsterman (Doc) (2014) (co-prod)
Sumé (Doc) (2014) (co-prod)
Bjørnøya (Doc) (2014)
Amasone (Short) (2014)
Priest of burden (Doc) (2014)
Olga - To my friends (2013)
Borderstories (webdoc) (2013)
Siblings are forever (2013)
We support documentaries in all lengths and on all platforms, while the shorts are limited to 60 minutes. We also support development. Our focus is on production and for production grants, we have three deadlines a year, and we receive all applications (in Norwegian or Sami language) through our web form at filmsok.no
The centre also supports the producers and filmmakers in North Norway with advice, assistance and travel/educational grants.
Cine-Regio representative - Mr. Tor Vadseth
Tor Vadseth (b. 1957) has been CEO at Nordnorsk Filmsenter since June 2012. Through a long career, he has gathered extensive knowledge of the Norwegian regional film industry.
In 1995, he founded Aurora Filmlyd, a sound postproduction company, and worked as a sound designer there until 2012. He also co-founded the production company Original Film in 1997, where he produced shorts and documentaries.
From 1983 to 1993 he worked in NRK in Oslo and Tromsø, after finishing his education as a media engineer.