Finland to host Chinese co-production film

Finnish-Chinese movie Master Cheng will film on location in Finnish Lapland over the next few months.

Finnish-Chinese movie Master Cheng will film in Finnish Lapland over the coming months.

Master Cheng follows a Chinese chef who visits an old friend in Finland with his son in order to recuperate following the death of his wife.

Finland to host Chinese co-production film
Finland

The movie has a production budget of a little under €9m and has financial support from the Finnish Film Foundation and the Nordisk Film & TV Fund.

Finland launched its first filming incentive as a 25% cash rebate early last year and the country is being actively promoted as an international production location.

Earlier this year the Finnish Lapland Film Commission hosted a familiarisation trip, inviting key production professionals to explore the country with the hope of inspiring them to bring future productions to the region.

Among the individuals on the trip was Dow Griffith, an experienced location manager whose recent projects have included Hollywood studio movie Ghost in the Shell and Disney’s upcoming live-action version of Mulan.

“A big production could easily work in Lapland,” Griffith told Finnish agency House of Lapland.

“You have great capacity for making things happen. You have good infrastructure and good communications. Wilderness locations require a lot of work to make comfortable and safe, but it would be fun to do it, to make it work for the crew.”

Iceland and Norway are Finland’s chief European competition in terms of snowy and mountainous locations, while the incentive support and wilderness visuals on offer in New Zealand’s South Island are similarly appealing to Hollywood producers.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Finland.

Image: FreeImages.com/Raija Ylonen

Finland to host Chinese co-production film
Finland

Finnish-Chinese movie Master Cheng will film in Finnish Lapland over the coming months.

Master Cheng follows a Chinese chef who visits an old friend in Finland with his son in order to recuperate following the death of his wife.

The movie has a production budget of a little under €9m and has financial support from the Finnish Film Foundation and the Nordisk Film & TV Fund.

Finland launched its first filming incentive as a 25% cash rebate early last year and the country is being actively promoted as an international production location.

Earlier this year the Finnish Lapland Film Commission hosted a familiarisation trip, inviting key production professionals to explore the country with the hope of inspiring them to bring future productions to the region.

Among the individuals on the trip was Dow Griffith, an experienced location manager whose recent projects have included Hollywood studio movie Ghost in the Shell and Disney’s upcoming live-action version of Mulan.

“A big production could easily work in Lapland,” Griffith told Finnish agency House of Lapland.

“You have great capacity for making things happen. You have good infrastructure and good communications. Wilderness locations require a lot of work to make comfortable and safe, but it would be fun to do it, to make it work for the crew.”

Iceland and Norway are Finland’s chief European competition in terms of snowy and mountainous locations, while the incentive support and wilderness visuals on offer in New Zealand’s South Island are similarly appealing to Hollywood producers.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Finland.

Image: FreeImages.com/Raija Ylonen

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