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Hollywood studios eye Norway filming. Four locations, including three in western Norway, are being considered for places to shoot scenes for upcoming productions. But all is not quiet on the Western Front. The possible places are Rogaland County’s Preikestolen, Folgefonna and Trolltunga in Hordaland County, and Nordland County’s Lofoten, reports Aftenposten. Disney-owned Lucas Film’s Star Wars and Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War are two of the films listed.

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Hollywood studios eye Norway filming

Published on Monday, 22nd August, 2016 at 11:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Four locations, including three in western Norway, are being considered for places to shoot scenes for upcoming productions. But all is not quiet on the Western Front.

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The possible places are Rogaland County’s Preikestolen, Folgefonna and Trolltunga in Hordaland County, and Nordland County’s Lofoten, reports Aftenposten.

Disney-owned Lucas Film’s Star Wars and Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War are two of the films listed.

The government has established an incentive scheme from 2016, which has one application deadline a year. It reimburses foreign film companies with up to 25 per cent of costs incurred whilst in Norway.

Waters beneath the surface of the fjords are troubled, however. The saga of funding and foreign films is long-playing.

Critics, some of whom are currently gathered at this year’s Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, argue that current amounts – roughly NOK 45m (some USD 5.46m/EUR 4.84m/GBP 4.17m at today’s ROE) are insufficient – and the bureaucracy involved limiting.

The scheme should be moved from the Ministry of Culture to the Ministry of Finance, without any cap on sums of money available, they also maintain.

Moreover, it is contended that Norway loses out on productions, as incentive schemes in other countries are more attractive, and that filming here boosts tourism.

Politicians have made several statements about the issue on their part. They argue that the scheme should be part of the national budget, with the funds being negotiated like any other item instead.

Last week, the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation released a statement about annual growth in the number of bureaucrats employed in Ministries and Directorates.

It said that this slowed in the 2013-15 period in comparison to the last four-year parliamentary term (2009-13), with plans to reduce the figure further.



Published on Monday, 22nd August, 2016 at 11:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: films, tax, fjords, haugesund, paywall.





  
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