Seth Ickerman Studios, better known for their Matrix Fanfilm Kaydara, will handle the special visual effects on Mattie Do’s Dearest Sister.
Seth Ickerman recently pitched their new feature film project at the European Genre Forum in Tallinn and at the Frontières CoProduction Market in Brussels.
More about Seth Ickerman HERE
Teenage Jesus, the first feature film of Marie Grahtø, currently in development, won the Pitching Award at the New Nordic Films in Haugesund last night. The Award, sponsored by the Producer’s Network in Cannes, grants the winning team a free Cannes Market Badge.
Teenage Jesus is part of the first Nordic Genre Boost edition, an initiative of the Nordisk Film & TV Fond. The selected projects received a development grant of NOK 200.000 each ($24’000), as well as access to two intensive residential workshops, one held in Helsinki last April and the second one held during the Haugesund Film Festival in August.
Teenage Jesus tells the story of Jenny, an anarchist teenage girl who is committed to a psychiatric ward after burning down her foster parent’s home. While locked up, she finds out she has supernatural abilities. Crucified by fixation and electroshocks, she ends up leading a rebellion to break out of the institution.
Screen Division served as a consultant during the Nordic Genre Boost workshop in Helsinki. Out of the 24 projects pitched during the New Nordic Films, 7 were Genre films.
Screen Division, who consults for both the Nordic Genre Boost and the Frontières Co-Production Market is very happy to share the news about this new partnership.
PRESS RELEASE – Nordisk Film & TV Fond
Nordisk Film & TV Fond has partnered the leading genre industry platform Frontières International Co-Production Market to expand the reach of its Nordic Genre Boost initiative.
The bi-annual Frontières International Co-Production Market unfolds during Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival in July and the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in April. At each event 20 selected projects are pitched to more than 300 industry leaders.
Through the deal with Nordisk Film & TV Fond, each of the seven Nordic Genre Boost projects recipient of a NOK200,000 development grant, will be submitted to the Frontières Co-production Market in Brussels (March 30-April 1, 2016) and one of them will be selected.
Petri Kemppinen, Head of Nordisk Film & TV Fond said: “Nordic Genre Boost has received tremendous response during its first year. Frontières is the key forum for genre film professionals and the right partner to boost the needed market exposure and response from outside the Nordic region.”
Lindsay Peters, Frontières Market & Industry Director said: “At Frontières, one of our central goals is to continually build and expand the genre film community, and partnering with initiatives like the ‘Nordic Genre Boost’ fits into this perfectly. The focus on script development makes this event an ideal training ground for Frontières, which focuses on co-production, financing, and pre-sales.”
Peters continues: “The Nordic genre industry has an extremely strong track record of both artistic innovation and financial success. Let the Right One In continues to be a touchstone for mainstream foreign film success. And films that may fall outside strict genre categories, such as In Order of Disappearance and Bridgend, are also finding great success on the genre festival circuit, so I think there is a really strong demand and eagerness for the Nordic perspective in the genre film industry that is only continuing to grow.”
The Nordic Genre Boost projects are Denmark’s Border by Ali Abbasi and Teenage Jesus by Marie Grathø Nordaas, Finland’s Bloodsuckers by Elin Grönblom and Bodom by Taneli Mustonen, Iceland’s The Highlands by Ragnar Bragason, Norway’s Bright Skies by André Øvredal and Thale-Conflux by Aleksander Nordaas.
The seven projects will first be pitched at the upcoming New Nordic Films in Haugesund (August 18-21, 2016).
Jamie M. Dagg’s debut feature River will celebrate it’s World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next September.
The film is produced by Nick Sorbara and Mattie Do who is currently in postproduction of her sophomore directorial effort, Dearest Sister, produced by Screen Division.
River tells the story of an American volunteer doctor in Laos forced to go on the run after being accused of murder after intervening in the sexual assault of a young woman. The film stars Rossif Sutherland, Douangmany Soliphanh, Sara Botsford and Aidan Gillett.
Screen Division goes North to moderate a panel about Scandinavian Genre Film at the upcoming Haugesund Film Festival.
PRESS RELEASE – Nordisk Film and TV Fund.
Nordic Genre Films Under Haugesund Spotlight
Organisers of New Nordic Films in Haugesund have prepared a special injection of adrenaline for their 300 participants with the pitching of seven projects part of Nordisk Film & TV Fond’s ‘Nordic Genre Boost’ scheme and a seminar dedicated to the genre, moderated by specialist Annick Mahnert.
Mahnert, managing director at Screen Division and acquisition executive at Raven Banner Entertainment said: “There has always been a fascination for Scandinavian genre films from the international market. Films like Adam’s Apple or Let the Right One In have paved the road. Recently, titles like Thale, Iron Sky, When Animals Dream or this year’s What We Become attracted a lot of interest from the international market. The fact that some of these titles were selected to play at A-Festivals also shows how serious and qualitative they are. The international audiences react to them and so does the market.”
The seminar Nordic Genre Boost scheduled for Wednesday August 19 at 15.00 at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hotel is organised in collaboration with Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Confirmed panellists include Rikke Ennis, TrustNordisk CEO, Patrick Ewald, CEO at the US Epic Pictures Group, Kjetil Omberg, producer and distributor (Norsk Superfilm), Mikko Aromaa, managing director, Night Vision Film Festival, and Jongsuk Thomas Nam, managing director, Network of Asian Fantastic Films.
The seven Nordic Gene Boost projects to be pitched to potential partners include:
-Bloodsuckers, (pictured) first film by Elin Grönblom, produced by Fisher King Productions, Finland.
-Bodom by Taneli Mustonen (Reunion) produced by Don Films, Finland.
-Border by Ali Abbasi (Shelley) produced by Metafilm, Denmark.
-Bright Skies by André Øvredal (Troll Hunter) produced by Nordisk Film, Norway.
-The Highlands by Ragnar Bragason (Metalhead) produced by Zik Zak Filmworks, Iceland.
-Teenage Jesus by Marie Grathø Nordaas (Teenland) produced by Beofilm, Denmark.
-Thale-Conflux by Aleksander Nordaas, produced by Yesbox Productions, Norway.
The seven projects have each received NOK200.000 in development support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond and attended a first workshop at Night Visions Festival in Helsinki.
For further details, check Nordic Genre Boost.
Dearest Sister, Mattie Do’s new film, has entered the postproduction phase this week. Frenchmen Jean-Christophe Savelli and Zohar Michel have joined the team and will handle color grading and editing.
Michel recently edited the indie film and festival hit Dealer, directed by Jean-Luc Herbulot, while Savelli handled the color grading on the documentary Heart of Glass, directed by Jérôme de Gerlache.
Screen Division has been invited to NAFF to participate at the panel called Alternative Film Distribution. Panelists include Jean Noh (Screen International Asia), John Heinsen (Bunnygraph Entertainment) and Kang In-Sik (KT|Media Contents).
Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) celebrates its eighth anniversary in 2015. Founded in 2008, NAFF, a multifaceted, in-depth industry program for global genre film professionals has provided invaluable programs for all film-related fields, including film development, co-production, financing, post-production, solidifying its place as a leader of Asian genre film market.
The Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival in Croatia has hosted its first European Genre Forum beginning of July.
An initiative between the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn (among 15 world A festivals), the Night Visions Film Festival in Helsinki (second most important Nordic genre festival), the Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival (first and only genre festival in the region) and film consultancy company Screen Division in Paris, the EGF aims to connect young and upcoming as well as already proven European film talents (producers, directors, screenwriters…) with European film funds, national film centres, production studios, coproducers, etc.
During two days, the participants will attend lectures, panels and pitching projects from France, Germany, Serbia, the Zagreb region and Croatia.
Screen Division has helped international sales agent Raven Banner Entertainment acquire the Kiwi horror film The Dead Room. Directed by Jason Stutter, the film tells the story of two cynical scientists and a young psychic who are sent to investigate the claims of a terrified family who fled a desolated southern New Zealand farmhouse. There they encounter a powerful spirit that will protect the house’s secrets at all costs. XYZ Films is representing the film in North America.
Watch the teaser trailer HERE.
Mattie Do’s second feature Dearest Sister has started production in Vientiane, Laos. First stills of the film can be seen hereunder.
Do’s sophomore feature tells the story of a village girl who travels to capital Vientiane to care for her rich cousin who has mysteriously lost her sight, and somehow gained the ability to communicate with the dead. Matters are further driven downfall by the cousin’s ambivalent marriage with an Estonian expat, who has his own dark secrets to hide. Music and radio celebrity Vilouna Phetmany and Estonia’s theatre and screen veteran, Tambet Tuisk (Poll, Demons, Zero Point) play the couple with Amphaiphun Phommapanya (Chanthaly) starring as the village girl.
Dearest Sister is a coproduction between Screen Division, Oree Films (Estonia) and Lao Art Media (Laos).