Magazine article Screen International

Norway's Storyline to Leave Studios

Magazine article Screen International

Norway's Storyline to Leave Studios

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Norwegian facility house Storyline Studios will terminate the lease of studios, workshops, offices and storerooms.

Storyline Studios, which has since 2005 operated former Norsk Film AS' Filmparken at Jar outside Oslo (aka Jollywood), will shortly terminate the lease of studios, workshops, offices and storerooms, which has become "too great a burden" for the company.

Storyline MD Knud Bjørne-Larsen said: "Business there used to be 50% feature films and 50% commercials, but during the last three years we have not shot a single feature in the studios - production has been outsourced to other countries."

According to Bjørne-Larsen, the films by Norwegian director Bent Hamer illustrate the decline: his Kitchen Stories (2003) was fully produced at Filmparken, for Home for Christmas (2010) it worked on the sound, while his upcoming 1001 Grammes is totally made abroad.

"More and more Norwegian films are shot in countries as Iceland, Ireland, Germany and Hungary, which all offer financial incentives to foreign producers. …

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