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Works in Progress 2020

Norway

Clone

Klone

Clone (Klone)
Norway, 10×25’
Broadcaster: TBC
Produced by: Mer Film AS
Producer: Maria Ekerhovd
Director: Ole Giæver
Screenwriter: Ole Giæver
Premiere: TBC
Sales: TBC
Status: In progress

The year is 2041. A small spaceship is returning to Earth, carrying some samples from Mars. Fredrik and Eva, a married couple, are the only passengers on board. Early on, Fredrik finds out he is infected by a foreign virus and is not allowed to return home. In desperation, he clones himself in the ship’s 3D printer, and from that moment on an intense and awkward three-way drama plays out between Eva, Fredrik and his clone.

Sweden

Dreaming of England

Sommaren -85

Dreaming of England (Sommaren -85)
Sweden, 6 x 45’
Broadcaster: SVT (main) NRK, DR, YLE, RUV
Produced by: Art & Bob
Producer: Anette Brantin
Directors: Kicki Kjellin, Mikael Syrén
Screenwriters: Lisa Ambjörn, Sofie Forsman, Amanda Högberg, Emma Hamberg, Denize Karabuda
Premiere: September 2020
Sales: TBA

The year is 1985 and 15-year old Lena lives with her mother Åsa in the little town of Braxinge. Lena dreams of going on a language course in Hastings, but Åsa, a single mother, can’t afford it. Suddenly Lena is involved in a scheme selling discarded pornos, Åsa is hitchhiking to Greece and Barbro, the grandmother, has a promising career in writing erotica. Life in Braxinge will never be the same…

Iceland

My Funeral

Jarðarförin Mín

Iceland, 6×30 min / 2×90 min
Broadcaster: Siminn Premium S-VOD
Production company: Glassriver
Producers: Arnbjorg Haflidadottir, Andri Omarsson, Hörður Rúnarsson
Director: Kristofer Dignus Creator: Jon Gunnar Geirdal
Screenwriter: Baldvin Zophoniasson, Hekla Elisabet Adalsteinsdottir, Jon Gunnar Geirdal, Kristofer Dignus, Ragnar Eythorsson, Solmundur Holm
Premiere: April 2020
International sales: worldwide rights outside Iceland available

My funeral is a bitter-sweet drama/comedy series with serious overtones, about a man who learns, on the day he retires, that he has an incurable brain tumor. In two weeks’ time he must undergo a risky operation with a low survival rate. He decides to make up for lost time by hosting his own gala funeral and attend it himself, before the surgery. However, this is not as simple as it may sound.

Finland

Belzebubs

Finland, 13×22’
Broadcaster: Yle
Production company: Pyjama Films Ltd Producer: Terhi Väänänen
Director: TBA
Screenwriter and illustrator: JP Ahonen
Premiere: Estimated 1/2023
International sales: TBA

Belzebubs is an animated family sitcom documenting the daily mishaps, relationships and romantic life of your average next-door devil-worshipping family: the dad Sløth, his wife Lucyfer, daughter Lilith and son Leviathan. The focus is on the everyday challenges of raising kids, making a living, attending an occult mass every now and then, and following the evolution of Sløth’s hapless black metal band.


 

Case studies 2020

Sweden

Beartown

Björnstad

Björnstad
Sweden, 5 x 60’
Broadcaster: HBO Nordic
Produced by: Filmlance International AB
Producers: Bonnie Skoog Feeney, Mattias Arehn
Director: Peter Grönlund
Screenwriters: Anders Weideman, Antonia Pyk, Linn Gottfridsson
Premiere: Fall 2020
Sales: HBO

The small town Beartown is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees surrounding it, but with the junior ice-hockey team having a shot at winning the national semi-finals, all the dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. A heavy burden that becomes the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil.

Ukraine

Hide and Seek

Pryatki

Ukraine, 8 x 50’
Broadcaster: ICTV (Ukraine), Okko (SVOD, Russia)
Producers: Victor Mirsky, Olesya Lukyanenko, Kateryna Vyshnevska
Production by: FILM.UA
Screenwriter: Simor Glasenko
Director: Iryna Gromozda
Premiere: October 2019 ICTV (Ukraine)
International sales: ZDF Enterprises

In an ordinary looking apartment, a father and daughter play a game of hide-and-seek. While searching for his daughter, she is nowhere to be found… Later, a video is posted online which shows the girl holding a sign with a mysterious set of numbers. But what do they mean? She’s the first of several children who disappear without a trace in a small industrial town.


 

Projects in development 2020

Ukraine

Alive

Zhyvye

Ukraine, 8×60’ Broadcaster: TBA  Production company: FILM.UA Group, Premier Studios Producers: Victor Mirsky, Elena Malkova, Kateryna Vyshnevska Director: TBA  Screenwriter: TBA  Premiere: TBA Sales: TBA Distant future. Humanity abandoned Earth, kids are raised by AIs and eagerly wait till they turn 15 to be integrated into the adult society. Except there are no adults on the ship – everyone over 15 gets killed by the main computer. The characters will have to fight for their lives and for the lives of other children on the station and learn the answers to many pressing questions.

Bulgaria

Babyland

Bulgaria, 8×55’
Broadcaster: TBA
Production company: AGITPROP
Producer: Martichka Bozhilova
Director: TBA
Screenwriters: Simona Nobile, Dianne Jones, Martichka Bozhilova
Premiere: 2021
International sales: TBA

2020, Kiev. Natasha has created Babyland: a luxury hotel where fertile women give birth for infertile couples. When a tragic event from Natasha’s past comes back to haunt her, Babyland’s future is threatened, and Natasha’s soul is at stake. The miracle of life and the business of birth collide, and a price tag hangs on everyone.

Austria

Snow

Schnee

Austria, 6×45’
Broadcaster: TBA
Production company: Witcraft Filmproduktion, SATEL Film Group
Producer: Ursula Wolschlager
Director: Barbara Albert, Sandra Wollner Screenwriter: Michaela Taschek
Premiere: N/A
International sales: N/A

When the snow is gone, old secrets see the light of day. The mountain village of Rotten has profited off of snow and the resulting winter sports for many years. Now the snow refuses to come, and the village loses its identity. But then on the glacier a body emerges from the melting snow…

Estonia

The Deep

Estonia, 8 x 45
Broadcaster: TBA
Production company: Allfilm, KickFilm, Bright Pictures
Oroducers: Ivo Felt, Madis Tüür
Director: TBA
Screenwriter: Lauri Lippmaa
Premiere: 2021
International sales: TBA

As a wave of mysterious cyberattacks causes chaos across Estonia – a now high- tech tiny Baltic country formerly occupied by the Soviet Union – a seasoned homicide detective is forced to partner with a tech-savvy, ambitious counter- intelligence officer when the daughter of a prominent Estonian family is found dead and her twin sister kidnapped. The curious investigation leads the pair into the murky world of corporate crime, exposing an intricate plot to infiltrate cutting-edge multi-national digital alliance – the Trust Federation.

Finland

The Social Worker

The Social Worker
Finland, 8 x 45’
Broadcaster: TBA
Produced by: Fire Monkey & Moskito
Producers: Roope Lehtinen, Mikko Pöllä, Mari Kinnunen
Director: TBA
Screenwriter: Timo Varpio
Premiere: TBA
Sales: TBA

Finland: the safest, happiest country in the world. Society has solved all of its major problems, there’s no longer crime or unemployment. Social worker Sonja Aronen (30) profiles people for a living, directing high-risk individuals to a retraining program. Now Sonja discovers that this “retraining” doesn’t exist. Instead, the potentially hazardous individuals are killed by the government.

Norway

Svik

Norway, 8 x 25’
Broadcaster: TBA
Produced by: Mer Film
Producers: Elisa Fernanda Pirir Ruiz
Director: Ina Lerner Grevstad
Screenwriter: Marta Huglen Revheim
Premiere: 2021
Sales: TBA

Svik is a teenage crime drama about a young, Albanian girl, Leonora (21), and her struggle to escape forced prostitution in Norway. In a world where the line separating good and evil becomes increasingly blurred, Leonora seeks aid from the police, but, in the end, can she really trust anyone but herself?

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