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The history of Nordisk Film

Nordisk Film has been a part of Denmark's filmhistory for more than a 100 years.

April 23rd, Ole Olsen opens Biografteateret - one of the first movie theaters in Denmark - at Vimmelskaftet 47 in Copenhagen.

Under the name of 'Ole Olsen’s Film Industry' or 'Ole Olsen’s Film Factory', Ole Olsen begins to produce motion picture. The first film is called 'Duer og måger' (Pigeons and Sea Gulls) a two minute reportage. However, right from the beginning dramatic films were made too – often starring the multi-talented draftsman, Robert Strom Petersen. 'Nordisk Films Kompagni' is officially founded on November 6th. By the end of the year, the company has established offices at Vimmelskaftet, studios at a garden allotment in Valby, a copying lab in Frihavnen, an affilitate in Germany, an agent in Sweden – and a polar bear atop a globe as the company’s trademark.

Affiliates are established in Vienna and London. 'Løvejagten' (Lion Hunting) sells 256 copies and is very successful. However, as Ole Olsen refused to obey Minister of Justice, Alberti’s order to halt the shooting of 'Løvejagten' in the wake of an animal cruelty charge, he loses his cinema license for 'Biografteatret'.

Studio 1 in Valby is opened. The New York affiliate, 'Great Northern Film Company', is established.

Studio 2 in Valby is opened. The Aarhus-based company 'Fotorama' introduces multi-reel films with 'Den Hvide Slavehandel' (The White Slavery Trade). Ole Olsen adapts the idea by copying the Fotorama-film nearly shot by shot (and adding 100 meters).

In 1911, Ole Olsen commits Nordisk Films Kompagni – as the first company in the world to produce multi-reel films of approx. 45 minutes duration.

Nordisk Film becomes a public company, and Ole Olsen acquires the title of managing director (1911-1922). The actor, Valdemar Psilander, appears in his first Nordisk Film feature, 'Ved fængslets port' (Temptations of a Great City). At the end of 1916, he has made more than eighty Nordisk Film features and is considered to be one of the greatest (and best paid) film stars of his time. Yet by the end of 1916, Psilander is demanding a salary of DKK 250,000 (34,000 EUR), which forces Nordisk Film into decline. Other major Nordisk film stars are Olaf Fønss, Clara Wieth Pontoppidan and the Norwegian Gunnar Tolnæs. Asta Nielsen also makes two of her total of four Danish films for Nordisk Film; 'Balletdanserinden' (The Ballet Dancer), 1911, and 'Mod Lyset' (Towards the Light), 1919.

Studio 3 in Valby is opened. The stock holders receive a 60% dividend.

Studio 4 is opened. Carl Th. Dreyer is employed as a screenwriter and script consultant. In 1918, he directs his first film 'Præsidenten' (The President), which premieres in Sweden in 1919 and Denmark in 1920. His ambitious film, 'Blade af Satans bog' (Leaves from Satan’s Book) premieres in 1921.

The peak of silent film production at Nordisk Films Kompagni is reached. 143 fiction and 46 non-fiction features are produced, and more than 7000 copies are sold.

Studio 5 in Valby is opened.

The New York affiliate is shut down.

World War I badly affects film distribution. The Russian market closes its borders due to the 1917 Revolution. Ole Olsen relinquishes his German interests, now including sixty cinemas, a production company and various assets with a cumulative share capital of 30 million marks. Production is in decline and Nordisk Film loses millions. Talented people leave the company, including Lau Lauritzen, who directed more than 200 Nordisk Film faces and created the biggest success of the twenties: 'Fyrtaarnet and Bivognen', at Palladium.

A.W. Sandberg, who has been a successful director at Nordisk Film since 1914, becomes head of the production department. Throughout the twenties, he directs a number of huge and expensive costume dramas, including the famous Dickens’ adaptions, 'David Copperfield' and 'Little Dorrit'.

H. Bloch-Jespersen becomes managing director of Nordisk Films Kompagni (1924-26).

Nordisk Films Kompagni is controlled by the board.

On 2 June Nordisk Films Kompagni suspends payments. At a general meeting on 22 June it is decided that the company should be liquidated. In 1929 a wealthy stockbroker, Carl Bauder – the majority shareholder of both Nordisk and the Palads Teatret cinema since 1926 – acquires all the assets and reorganizes the company under the name ‘Nordisk Films-Kompagni af 1929’. The company is known as ‘Nordisk Tone-film’ until the end of 1935, after which it reverts to its original name, Nordisk Films Kompagni.
Carl Bauder, the company’s owner and saviour, never takes up the position of managing director, but remains an ordinary member of the board, managing the company from the sidelines. During the 1930s he earns huge sums from Petersen & Poulsen’s sound film patents, which he owns, winning sensational lawsuits that order major US studios such as Paramount, Fox and MGM to pay Nordisk licence fees for ‘low-noise’ sound reproduction.

Holger Brøndum becomes managing director of Nordisk Films Kompagni (1936-64).

Before, during and after the Nazi-German occupation of Denmark, Germany is one of the Danish film industry’s main trade partners. The scarcity of American films during the occupation opens up opportunities for Danish and German films. Carl Bauder, Nordisk Film’s shrewd owner, attempts unsuccessfully to monopolise German film distribution during the early years of the occupation. He fails because Nordisk Film is probably considered insufficiently pro-German. Like everyone else in the Danish film industry, Nordisk Film does business with the Germans during the occupation. Nordisk Film’s factory in the Frihavnen district of Copenhagen has a contract to copy German films, Nordisk Film rents out staff to produce the weekly newsreel Ugerevyen, and the company also exports Danish films to Germany. Unquestionably, Nordisk Film’s owner and executive management are not Nazi sympathizers, no-one is ever turned over to the Gestapo, and the film company continues to have Jewish staff on its payroll throughout the war. An investigation into Nordisk Film for collaborating with the enemy is dropped after the war.

During the occupation various entertainment venues are the target of counter-sabotage. Germans bomb the film studios in Valby on 7 February, and Kino-Palæet (Nordisk Film’s cinema operating under Bauder’s licence) suffers extensive damage after being hit on 31 March.

Erik Balling and Ove Sevel are employed as assistant directors (Balling later becomes director, screenwriter, producer and finally managing director in 1957). The rebuilt studio 4 is reopened.

Ove Sevel becomes head of the new 'Nordisk Film Junior' division – producing documentary films, commercials, children’s films and Danish versions of pre-existing material.

Nordisk Film releases the first colour feature film in Denmark on May 7th. The film 'Kispus', directed by Eric Balling features production in the north of Greenland. This includes 'Qivitog' (1956) also directed by Erik Balling.

Erik Balling’s 'Qivitoq' is nominated for an Oscar. He becomes managing director of Nordisk Films Kompagni A/S (1957-1989).

'Sommer I Tyrol', directed by Erik Balling, is filmed in Austria. Nordisk Film focuses on cultural features.

Ove Sevel becomes CEO of Nordisk Film (1964-1982).

Ian Fleming’s 007 stories inspire Nordisk Film to produce two agent comedies, 'Slå Først Frede' (Strike First, Freddy), directed by Erik Balling (1965), and 'Slap af, Frede' (Relax, Freddy), directed by Erik Balling 1966.

'S/S Martha', directed by Erik Balling, is filmed in the Greek Islands. 'Martha' is today a cult film amongst sailors. The feature is part of the examination requirements at Svendborg Søfartsskole. Restaurant Børsen: Svendborg is made to look like the ship 'Martha'. Special Martha-communities exist in Sweden and Denmark.

'Olsen Banden' (The Olsen Gang), is directed by Erik Balling.

'Huset på Christianshavn' (Friends and Neighbours), a TV series in 84 episodes, directed by Erik Balling, starts filming (1970-1977). The first fiction produced specifically for TV. While other film production companies shut down, Nordisk Film profits greatly on the TV series and avoids cutting down staff.

'Olsen Banden I Jylland' (The Olsen Gang in Jylland) is directed by Erik Balling. In the period 1971-1981 an 'Olsen Banden' movie is filmed every summer. The Olsen Gang becomes one of Denmark’s greatest film hits.

Studio 3 is rebuilt and becomes the biggest studio in Valby.

'Matador' (Monopoly) starts shooting. It is a TV series of 24 episodes directed by Erik Balling (1978-1982) and the greatest TV success in Denmark to date. 'Honning Måne', directed by Bille August, is shown in competition at Moscow International Film Festival and awarded three Danish Bodil statuettes.

'Jeppe på Bjerget' (Jeppe On The Hill), Kaspar Rostrup, shown in Moscow, is awarded three Danish Bodil statuettes. 'Kundskabens Træ' (The Tree of Knowledge), directed by Nils Malmros, wins Film-Lense in Lübeck, one Bodil Statuette for Best Cinematography, the Gjest Baardsen-Prize, Norway, and is shown at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Jens Jordan becomes new managing director of Nordisk Film (1982-1995). The renovation and alteration of the Palads Theater continues and finished into more auditoriums (started by Ove Sevel).

'Zappa', directed by Bille August, is shown Cannes, Moscow and Giffoni, it’s third in competition in Norway, wins a special Bodil as well as the Critic’s Prize in Scandinavia. 'Forræderne' (The Traitors), directed by Ole Roos, is shown in Moscow and wins two Danish Roberts and one Bodil statuette. 'Skønheden og Udyret' (Beauty and the Beast), directed by Nils Malmros, wins four Danish Roberts and two Bodil statuettes.

Hans Morten Rubin becomes managing director of Nordisk Film (1984-1992). Under his leadership, Denmark’s first private local TV station, 'Weekend-TV', is established. Weekend-TV is owned by Nordisk Film, Gutenberghus, Aller, Politiken, Børsen and Berlingske Officin. With sports and children’s programs, Weekend-TV broadcasts from studio 3, Valby. The channel is free. With a new canteen and TV department, Nordisk Film, Valby, expands. 'Midt om Natten' (In the Middel of the Night), directed by Erik Balling, starring the Danish folksinger, Kim Larsen, is awarded one Bodil and one Robert statuette. 'Fremtidens Børn' (Children of the Future), directed by Ove Nyholm, wins Best Cinematography, Barcelona, Gold Medal at the Sofia Festival of Red Cross. 'Forbrydelsens Element' (The Element of Crime), directed by Lars von Trier, wins the Grand Prix du technique, Cannes, the silver Hugo, Chicago, the Joseph von Sternberg, Mannheim, the Melhor Realizador, Oporto, the Distribution Prize, Belgium, and one Bodil and seven Danish Robert statuettes. 'Tro, Håb og Kærlighed' (Twist and Shout), directed by Bille August, wins the Special Jury Prize, Laon, is shown in competition and wins the Best Leading Actor, in Moscow, wins the First Prize in Lille, is shown in Cannes and wins four Robert statuettes and The Golden Spur in Denmark.

Weekend-TV transmits the live entertainment show 'Så’ det fredag' every Friday.

The private TV-station shuts down at Easter. The investors’ reserves are empty. 'Mord I Mørket' (Murder in the Dark), directed by Sune Lund-Sørensen, starring the Danish folk singer Michael Falch, wins Best Cinematograpy at Cattolica Mystfestival and one Danish Bodil statuette. 'Flamberede Hjerter' (Grilled Hearts), directed by Helle Ryslinge, wins Best Director & Best Actress at Digne Women’s Film Festival, receives a Special Mention, Rouen, and three Danish Bodils and seven Robert statuettes as well as the European Distribution Prize.

Nordisk Film establishes a think-tank, which results in the establishing of 'Nordisk Film Broadcast'. 'Babettes Gæstebud' (Babette’s Feast), directed by Gabriel Axel, is awarded many prestigious international film prizes in Brussels, Digne, Rotterdam, Rouen, Great Britain, Milano and China, as well as an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film (1988), the first ever Danish Oscar. 'Pelle Erobreren' (Pelle the Conqueror), directed by Bille August, wins the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film (1989), Palme D´or, Cannes, two Guldbaggars, Gøteborg, one Golden Globe Award, four Bodil Awards and eight Robert statuettes.

October 1st sees the launch of TV2, a new national TV channel. Nordisk Film Broadcast supplies TV2 with plenty of shows, including 'Eleva2eren' (1988-1996) and 'Lykkehjulet' (Wheel of Fortune) (1988-2000). 'Ved vejen' (Katinka), directed by Max von Sydow, is shown in Cannes and wins Best Leading Actress & Special Prize Catalonia in Barcelona, as well as one Bodil, one Robert and two Goldbaggar in Scandinavia.

'Dansen med Regitze' (Waltzing Regitze), directed by Kaspar Rostrup, wins the Grand Prix in La Baule, Best Actor, Brügge, Best Film, Rouen, Most Artistic Film, Montreal, four Roberts, five Bodils, and is nominated for an Oscar. 'Tarzan Mama Mia' (Me and Mama-Mia), directed by Erik Clausen, wins Best Children’s Film, Utrecht, Special Mention, Berlin, Prix de la poste, Laon, two Silver Elephants, Trivandrum, Grown-ups Choice Award, New England, Le Cinemalia d’argen at the Festival Cinemalia. 'Miraklet I Valby' (Miracle in Valby), directed by Åke Sandgren, wins the Grand Prix, Best Youth Movie, Tokyo, three Guldbaggar, Best Film of the year, Sweden, four Roberts and the Blue Elephant in Germany.

The exterior of 'Palads Teatret' is painted in Poul Gernes’ candy colours. Nordisk Film Broadcast produces talk shows, speedway, football and documentaries, including 'Fak2eren'. 'Fak2eren' is very successful and is awarded Denmark’s most celebrated prize, the TV Oscar, as well as the prestigious Cavling prize. 'Fuglekrigen I Kanøfleskoven' (War of the Birds) directed by Jannik Hastrup, wins Best Film in Cannes.

'Europa', directed by Lars von Trier, is awarded many prestigious prizes, including the Prix de la Commision & Special Prize in Cannes. 'Store Badedag' (The Great Day on The Beach), directed by Stellan Ollsson, wins Best Film Director & Best Actress at the Paris Film Festival, the Grand Prix du Jury, in Rouen, and the OCIC’s Prize in San Sebastian. 'Møv og Funder' (Hideaway), directed by Niels Gråbøl, wins the CIFREJ-Prize and the UNICEF-Prize in Berlin.


Nordisk Film merges with Egmont – the former Gutenberghus. Peter Herforth becomes managing director of Nordisk Film, Valby (1992-1995). 'Sofie', directed by Liv Ullmann, wins the Grand Prix Spécial and Prix Air Canada, in Montreal, Golden Plaque Award, in Chicago, Best Film, in Marta del Plata, Special Jury Prize, Palm Springs, Prix du Jury Oecumén and Prix du Publque, in Montreal, Best Actor, Rouen, and Most Artistic Film in Zimbabwe. 'Kærlighedens Smerte' (The Pain of Love), directed by Nils Malmros, wins five Bodils and seven Robert statuettes.

'Sort Høst' (Black Harvest), directed by Anders Refn, wins five Robert and two Bodil statuettes. 'Jungledyret Hugo' (Jungle Jack), directed by Stefan Fjeldmark and Flemming Quist Møller, wins one Robert statuette, the First Prize and Guri Award at the Montevideo Divercine.

'Min fynske barndom' (Carl – My Childhood Symphony), directed by Erik Clausen, wins two Robert statuettes, the Prix de la Ville, Laon, Best Director Award, Shanghai, Best Supporting Actress, Riga, and is selected for competition in the LA Annual Award. 'Carlo & Esther', directed by Helle Ryslinge, wins the Visionary Award, Chicago, and Best Feature Film, Mostra.

Crisis in Nordisk Film, Valby. Peter Herforth and other directors leave the company.

Nordisk Film is split into Egmont Distribution and Exploitation (Egmont Entertainment) and Film & TV Production. Ole Timm becomes managing director of Egmont Entertainment (1996-2000). Søren E. Jakobsen becomes managing director of Nordisk Film (1996-2000).

'Lærerinden' (All Things Fair), directed by Bo Widerberg, wins three Guldbaggar, in Göteborg, the Jury’s Silver Bear and Der Blaue Engel, in Berlin, and the Best Actor Award, Rouen.

'Tøsepiger' (Watch Me Fly), directed by Vibeke Gad, wins Best Film, Chicago, a Special Mention, Poznan, the Silver Elephant Special, Hyderabad, and the Silver Slipper, Zlin.

Nordisk Film produces 'Morgan-TV', a brand new Danish TV concept as well as game shows, sports programs and the documentary 'Tre til tiden' for TV3. 'Hamsun', directed by Max von Sydow, wins four Guldbaggar, Göteborg, the Jury’s First Prize, Rouen, Best Actor, Sweden, Silver Dolphin, Troia, best actor, actress and film in Durban, and Special Grand Prix, Montreal.

'En loppe kan også gø' (Fleas Bark Too – Don’t They?), directed by Stellan Ollsson, wins the Golden Slipper, Zlin, and the Adult Jury Award, Chicago. 'Bryggeren' (The Brewer), the biggest and most costly TV mini-series ever filmed in Scandinavia.

'Let’s Get Lost', directed by Jonas Elmer, wins three Roberts and two Bodil statuettes, as well as a Special Mention, Mannheim. 'Barbara', directed by Niels Malmros, wins one Bodil and five Robert statuettes, as well as Special Mentions, Mannheim, Special Award, Arts Council of Denmark.

TV Drama produces Christmas Calendars for DR and TV2. 'Lysets Hjerte' (Heart of Light), directed by Jacob Grønlykke, wins the NDR-Förderpreis, Lübeck, and the Special Award, Arts of Council of Denmark, and is selected for the Sundance Film Festival 1999, World Cinema Section, Utah.

A post-production sound studio and a post-production facility are established in Valby. 'Expedition Sirius 2000', a five part TV series directed by Stig Andersen. H.R.H Crown Prince Frederik participates in the expedition. 'Tsatsiki', directed by Ella Lemhagen, wins the Crystal Bear Award for Best Feature at Kinderfilmfest, Berlinale 2000. Kenneth Plummer becomes managing director of Egmont Entertainment (2000-2002).

Nordisk Film and Egmont Entertainment merge. Kenneth Plummer becomes new managing director of Nordisk Film A/S (2002-2005). The talk show 'Go’ Aften Danmark' (Good evening Denmark) is transmitted every day from Copenhagen Central Station. 'I am Dina', directed by Ole Bornedal, premieres in Norway, and becomes a great international success and prize winner in many categories. 'At kende sandheden' (Facing the truth), directed by Nils Malmros, wins three Robert statuettes.

'A Royal Family', an international six part TV series directed by Marcus Mandal and Anna Lerche, wins several prizes and is sold to TV broadcasting companies throughout the world. At the Cannes Film Festival Director’s Cut feature film 'Reconstruction' (directed by Christoffer Boe) receives the Caméra d´Or Prize. Another Director’s Cut production, 'Lykkevej' (directed by Morten Arnfred), is created by Nordisk Film. Swedish co-production 'Ondskan' is seen by more than 1 million and is nominated for an Oscar Academy Award. In Norway the family feature film 'Olsenbanden Jr. går under vann' is seen by 362,000 Norwegians. On 1st May Kim Magnusson from M&M Productions, takes up the position as General Manager of Nordisk Film’s Nordic film and TV drama production companies.

The animated feature film 'Terkel in Trouble', produced by co-owned A.Film, is seen by 390.000 Danes. And Norwegian 'Olsenbanden jr. på rocker’n' is the film seen by most Norwegians in this year – more than 400.000 cinema tickets were sold. Nordisk Films top distribution films are the two 'Kill Bill'-films, directed by Tarantino and 'Spiderman 2'. Nordisk Film Interactive sells 1 million pieces of games software.

Kenneth Plummer resigns as Managing Director in favour of the position of Director General at national Danish media broadcaster, DR. The documentary feature 'Karen Blixen – Out of this World' hits it big with several international awards, and the Hans Christian Andersen bio-drama "Young Andersen" receives an Emmy. The final episode of 'Snurre Snups Søndagsklub' is filmed in December and is aired on TV2 on the day of New Year’s Eve.

November 6th is Nordisk Film’s 100th Birthday. The anniversary is celebrated with a wide range of activities. In February Michael Ritto is appointed Managing Director of Nordisk Film, bringing Nordisk Film into the world of music by way of Ritto’s Music Business Organization, MBO. Nordisk Film takes over movie theatres 'Dagmar' and 'Kinopalæet' from Sandrew-Metronome. Nordisk Film celebrates its centennial with a string of activities and will soon open a brand new movie theatre, 'Falkoner Biografen', in the Copenhagen quarter of Frederiksberg.

Nordisk Films strategy to strengthen its Nordic market position is cemented further with the acquisition of a number of companies: Respirator, Produktionsselskabet Angora, Co+TV, Solar Films Inc. (FI), and Maipo Film & TV-produksjon AS (NO), as well as making a number of local distribution deals. Nordisk Film TV starts production of an ambitious Danish TV drama '2900 Happiness'. Nordisk Film is nominated for an Oscar for 'Best Live Action Short' for the short film 'Helmer and son', which is Danish actor Søren Pilmark’s debut as a director. The Nordisk Film production 'Triple Dare', directed by Super-16 graduate Christina Rosendahl, wins a Robert Award.

Nordisk Film acquires 50% of Zentropa and establishes a joint sales company, TrustNordisk. Nordisk Film signs a five-year contract with Relativity Media, which guaranties a number of Hollywood-productions for the distribution unit. The Norwegian TV series 'Ping-pong' is nominated for an Emmy Award. Playstation 3 is the gaming console which sells most games pr. sold machine. In December, Michael Ritto leaves Nordisk Film. His replacement as CEO is Allan Hansen. Allan Hansen has been working for Egmont since 1989.

Nordisk Film sells television company Nordisk Film TV to the international Banijay Entertainment. Nordisk Film co-production 'Millennium'-trilogy premieres in cinemas across all four Nordic countries and is the year’s biggest cinematic success. Nordisk Film is the distributor of the youth phenomenon 'Twilight', which has its Danish premiere. Fine & Mellows 'Frygtelig Lykkelig' and Nordisk Film’s 'To Verdener' receives most of this year’s Bodil awards.

Nordisk Film is the distributor of the year’s big movie hits: 'The Hurt Locker' (best film Oscar 2010), the second most popular Danish documentary ever – 'Armadillo', the Oscar-nominated 'An Education' and the third film in 'The Twilight Saga'. Denmark’s first animated 3D film 'Olsen-banden på de bonede gulve' premieres with a large audience. Zentropa’s 'Antichrist' wins several Bodil awards (including “Best Film”). Nordisk Film sells Euro Broadcast Hire (production equipment rental) to the Swedish company Twentyfourseven.

The critically acclaimed feature film 'R' receives eight Danish 'Robert' awards and three 'Bodil' awards in 2011. 'Klassefesten' is the most-viewed Danish film. 'Dirch', a co-production with Koncern Film, is also very well received. 

The joint-venture company Zentropa produces Susanne Bier’s 'In a Better World', which wins an Oscar and a Golden Globe.'In a Better World' and Lars von Trier’s 'Melancholia' both receive a European Film Award. 

The Norwegian epic, 'Kon-Tiki',  is among Nordisk Film's most ambitious projects and one of the best-selling Norwegian titles in recent years. 'Kon-Tiki' is nominated for a Golden Globe as well as for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The Nordisk Film in-house production 'A Hijacking' is also well received in Denmark and internationally, and receives several international prizes and is awarded in several 'Bodil' and 'Robert' categories.

The associate company Zentropa produces a large number of commercial successes in 2012. At year-end the Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated 'A Royal Affair' and 'All You Need is Love' is among the best selling films this year. 'The Hunt' wins the award for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and a European Film Award for best script.

The Filmdistribution renews its agreement with the international film studio Lionsgate/Summit, which owns the two successful global franchises 'Hunger Games' and 'The Twilight Saga'.

Further, a four-year agreement, including all new productions, is signed with Steven Spielberg's film company, DreamWorks.

The Nordisk Film Shortcut companies fully digitalise their postproduction activities.

In March Nordisk Film Cinemas opens a new cinema in Næstved.

In April Nordisk Film acquires Norway's largest cinema chain, Oslo Kino AS, from the Municipality of Oslo as part of its growth strategy for cinema operations in Denmark and Norway. 

In Norway, the associated film production company, Maipo, achieves great success with its family and animation film 'Jul i Flåklypa'. 

Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Hunt' and Mikkel Nørgaard's 'The Keeper of Lost Causes' are among the year's most popular films. 'The Hunt' is voted the Best Film of the Year at both the Bodil and the Robert award ceremonies and is nominated for an Oscar. 
PlayStation 4 is launched with resounding success.

The production of Nordisk Film “Klassefesten 2 - The funeral” sold more than 600,000 tickets, and the movie "Kapgang" was nominated for 12 Robert statuettes.

"Sorrow and Joy" by Nils Malmros was shortlisted for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film this year and tour associated film company Zentropa had an audience success with "The Absent One", which sold 764,000 tickets.

Nordisk Film expanded its share of the Norwegian cinema market by purchasing 49% of the Kinosør chain, located in the southern Norway.

Airmagine is born by Dansk Reklamefilm who wins a contract with Copenhagen Airport, and from the beginning of 2015 they start to show commercials synchronized with the aircrafts and their passengers, which is a whole new way to think outdoor advertising.

This is also the year where Nordisk Film buys the Nordic market leader in gift certificates Gavekortet.dk.

"The War" directed by Tobias Lindholm and produced by Nordisk Film, is nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. In general, Nordisk Film has a very good film year with own produced titles such as: René Ezras "April 9th " and " Land of Mine " directed by Martin Zandvliet, who wins the Film of the Year at the Bodil Award in February.

Zentropa is behind the movie "Second Chance" directed by Susanne Bier, who is selected for the Toronto and San Sebastian film festival.

Nordisk Film opens a production department in Norway and becomes co-investor of the Swedish production company Avanti Film.

Nordisk Film / SPRING is launched, a production unit under Nordisk Film Production, based on young talents.

In August, Nordisk Film Biografer opens a new cinema theater in the shopping center Fields and continues the expansion of the cinema chain.

Finally, Gavekortet.dk and the recently acquired Good Times business are merged and the GoGift.com brand is created.

Some of the best and bestselling Danish films in 2016 were produced or co-produced by Nordisk Film. “Land of Mine” by Martin Zandvliets was nominated for an Oscar. The part-owned production company Zentropa was behind this year's best-selling film, ‘Department Q: A Conspiracy of Faith’, which sold more than 700,000 tickets. The Swedish “A Man Called Ove” was nominated twice for an Oscar, and in Norway the movie “The King's Choice” was seen by more than 720,000 people.

Nordisk Film opens two new cinema multiplexes in Denmark, one in Aalborg and one in Frederikssund.

Venuepoint is established as a jointly operated company between Nordisk Film German CTS Eventim. They will be operating the iconic Danish venue K. B. Hallen when it is rebuilt in 2018.

Nordisk Film ventures into games development with the business unit Nordisk Film Games that will invest in the Nordic gaming industry.