Magazine article Screen International

Norway Calls for Film Incentive Scheme

Magazine article Screen International

Norway Calls for Film Incentive Scheme

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A boost to international productions in the Scandinavian country would increase local crew skills and enhance tourism, according to a new report.

Up to 10 international film and TV production could be hosted by Norway per year if the country were to introduce an incentive scheme comprising tax discounts and expenditure reimbursements.

The findings were revealed in a report prepared by Oslo Economics for the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. "More international productions in Norway could increase local competence in the industry, promote tourism and create more jobs," said culture minister Thorhild Widvey, who is currently working on the government's address on film policy due next year.

More than 40 countries worldwide offer financial support for international productions. According to Ove Skaug Halsos, chief economist at Oslo Economics, a refund of expenses would a positive effect in the short term, reported Norway's Aftenposten. …

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