The Copenhagen Film Fund, confirmed in January, is now ready to take off with producer Thomas Gammeltoft as the driving force in attracting foreign producers to Denmark.
Thomas Gammeltoft has a longstanding career as producer of drama, comedy and arthouse, including Henrik Ruben Genz' darkly funny "Terribly Happy" (2008, Crystal Globe winner at Karlovy Vary) and "Excuse Me" (2012), Jannik Johansen's action comedy "Stealing Rembrandt" (2003), and TV series "Album" and "Lulu & Leon". Right now, Gammeltoft is wrapping up production on the US thriller "Good People" directed by Ruben Genz and starring James Franco, Kate Hudson and Omar Sy.
Gammeltoft, who comes from a position as creative director at Eyeworks Fine and Mellow, says about his new position:
"When it comes to television series and feature films, Denmark is experiencing a momentum as never before. We're winning awards and our creative people, both in front of and behind the camera, are popular players internationally. The Copenhagen Film Fund has the potential to become a further boon for Danish and international feature films and television series while also creating growth opportunities for the capital. It has been in the works for a long time and it's a great honour for me to part of its formation."
Established as an organisation seperate from the Danish Film Institute, the new Copenhagen Film Fund is warmly received by DFI head of Production and Development Claus Ladegaard:
"The fund can help strengthen Danish film's international position, and with an experienced producer such as Thomas Gammeltoft in the lead, the DFI looks forward to working with the fund on supporting films that wish to produce in the greater Copenhagen area."
Ready to start 1 September, the Copenhagen Film Fund has a budget of 4.7 million Euros over three years.