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Regional screen ecosystems at the peripheries: Production and talent development in Tromsø and Aarhus

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This article addresses the regionalization of screen culture in Norway and Denmark, focusing on how regional screen entities in Tromsø and Aarhus are working to professionalize production and talent development at the peripheries of both countries. We outline their distinctive characteristics and circumstances as regional hubs and delineate the key actors that constitute the respective screen ecosystems. We focus on the interplay between regional film policy, production and talent development in relation to regional development, geography, creativity, innovation and the economy of culture. Based on an examination of policies, strategy documents and interviews conducted with practitioners in Aarhus and Tromsø over the period 2014‐19, we explore the diverse strategies these regional production hubs employ to develop and ‐ more challengingly ‐ retain talents in the region, arguing that despite the increased attention given to ‘diversity’ in film policy, structural and cultural obstacles hamper sustainable growth.
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Keywords: Danish film funding; Norwegian film funding; centre-periphery; diversity; production studies; regional film

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: 0000000119562722Aarhus University 2: 0000000122595234University of Tromsø

Publication date: June 1, 2020

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  • The Journal of Scandinavian Cinema is a new scholarly journal devoted to film in the Scandinavian countries. It aims to become the prime site for excellent research and engaging discussions on cinema in Scandinavia, both within the national context of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and as a region existing in a globalized world.
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