In a major move for film and TV in Sweden, Film i Väst and Region Västra Götaland announce the launch of a pilot regarding production rebate for feature films and TV dramas. The pro-gram, which is the first of its kind in Sweden, will be administered by Film i Väst, Scandinavia’s leading film fund.
– The west coast of Sweden is Scandinavia’s main production hub. The region has an efficient production and post-production infrastructure as well as lots of skilled talent. The new production rebate will make us as competitive on the financial side as on the creative and production side, says Mikael Fellenius, CEO of Film i Väst.
The program is expected to increase the number of international film and TV dramas in the region, which is already making its mark on the international production map. Current co-productions include Tomas Vinterberg’s The Alcohol Project, Jim Jarmusch’s TheDead Don’t Die and Sally Potter’s as-yet-untitled upcoming project, while co-productions recently shot in the region include Hans Petter Moland’s Out Stealing Horses (in this year’s Berlinale Competition). Oscar® nominated The Wife (Björn Runge) and Lone Scherfig’s The Kindness of Strangers (which opened the Berlinale last month) are also recent co-productions with Film i Väst.
The financial incentives are available for productions of feature films and scripted TV dramas, that shoot (completely or partially) in Region Västra Götaland or allocate elements of post production. Eligible film and TV projects will receive a rebate of up to 30% on local qualified spend costs. The deadline for the first round of applications is March 31, 2019. Applications will be processed and administrated by Film i Väst and financed by Region Västra Götaland.