The audience is getting more and more interested in Scandinavian films. There is an increased number of Scandinavian films available in the movie theatres and this year the International Competition contained more Scandinavian films than ever before.
Jorgen Vestergaard and Agneta Persson believe in the future of Scandinavian film.
- People are tired of American films, thinks Jorgen Vestergaard.
- The quality of Nordic films has also improved lately.
Don't Forget the Children
According to Vestergaard, it is difficult to define Scandinavian movie. But there is one special feature, though: children's programmes, which are produced in abundance in Scandinavia.
- We take children seriously, says Agneta Persson, Swedish animationist.
It is of course easiest to sell Scandinavian films to Scandinavian countries.
- We share the same history and the same interests, explains Vestergaard.
Scandinavian countries cannot really compete with the United States, due to differences in budgets. But the number of productions is rising. For example, during the past few years an interest in fictive short film has risen in Denmark.
- There are more and more young, talented film makers coming to the business, says Vestergaard.
Agneta Persson tells that the importance of animated films is rising in Sweden.
- Women especially have gotten interested in animations, she explains.
Both directors think that film festivals are important for Scandinavians.
Text: Hanna Leppikangas
- We can meet other directors and market our films, says Vestergaard.
Photo: Anne Ravantti
Translation: Liisa Leppänen