Nordisk Film

Nordisk Film A/S[3] (lit. "Nordic Film") is a Danish entertainment company established in 1906 in Copenhagen by filmmaker Ole Olsen.[4] It is the fourth oldest film studio in the world behind the Gaumont Film Company, Pathé, and Titanus, but the oldest continuously active.[5][6]

Nordisk Film A/S
Founded6 November 1906 (1906-11-06)
FounderOle Olsen
Key people
Allan Mathson Hansen
ProductsMotion pictures, television programs, cinemas, event tickets
Revenue 559 million (2018)[1]
28 million (2018)[1]
ParentEgmont Group
SubsidiariesGlobalgate Entertainment[2]
Avalanche Studios


Olsen started his company in the Copenhagen suburb of Valby under the name "Ole Olsen's Film Factory" but soon changed it to the Nordisk Film Kompagni.

In 1908, Olsen opened an affiliate branch in New York, the Great Northern Film Company, to handle distribution of his films to the American market. In 1909 having been excluded from the MPPC cartel in the United States, which Olsen had hoped to join, Nordisk participated in the Paris Film Congress in a failed attempt by major European producers to form a similar monopoly.[7]

As Nordisk Film, it became a publicly traded company in 1911.[8]

In 1992, it merged with the Egmont media group and operates today as electronic media production and distribution group that employs 1,900 people. The total revenues in 2015 amounted to approximately €497 million.[9] Today, Nordisk Film is the oldest movie production company in operation in the world. Egmont Nordisk Film is the largest producer and distributor of electronic entertainment in the Nordic region.

The company produces and co-produces national and international feature films in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which are distributed to cinemas around the Nordic countries, including Nordisk Film Cinemas in Denmark and Norway with 208 auditoriums.[10] The films are also distributed internationally for viewing in cinemas, on video and on television. Additionally, Nordisk Film produces animated content and feature films.[11]

Through the Nordisk Film Foundation, Nordisk Film develop new talent. With an annual budget of approx. DKK 3.5 million, the Nordisk Film Foundation has also contributed to the development of the Danish film industry over the last 20 years by offering scholarships, project grants and awards. In 2015, the Nordisk Film Foundation launched the signature project "The Polar Bear's Author Camp", bringing the total budget to EUR 4.5 million.[12]

On 18 May 2012, Nordisk Film made a multi-year deal with Lionsgate to distribute their films (along with Summit Entertainment) in Scandinavia.[13] In September 2012, DreamWorks signed a partnership with Nordisk Film for the distribution of DreamWorks' films in Scandinavia.[14] On March 31, 2017, 20th Century Fox signed a distribution deal with Nordisk for Denmark and Sweden.[15]

Business Areas

Nordisk Film Production

Nordisk Film Production produces film and TV series and is involved in approximately 15 films and TV productions in Scandinavia each year and employs 12 producers. The overall strategy for Nordisk Film Production is the same as when the company was founded: To entertain a broad audience. Nordisk Film Production produces feature films, animation films, short films, TV series and TV documentaries to the Scandinavian and international market.[16]

Nordisk Film Distribution

Nordisk Film Distribution handles and distributes the rights to own productions, a number of local films as well as independent productions. In addition to this, Nordisk Film has a co-operation with Sony Pictures Entertainment in regards to theatrical distribution. Egmont Nordisk Film is behind approximately one in every 5 theatrical films and their Video Distribution is a major player in the Nordic countries and the TV Distribution not only handles the sales and distribution of film rights and entertainment formats in the Nordic countries, they also manage the sales of rights around the world for the majority of Scandinavia's most well-known film producers.[17][18]

Nordisk Film Interactive

Nordisk Film Interactive has exclusive distribution rights to Sony PlayStation products in the Nordic countries, and is thereby responsible for a substantial business area in Nordisk Film.[19]

Nordisk Film Cinemas

Nordisk Film Cinemas is the leading cinema chain in Denmark and Norway with a total of 39 cinemas and approximately 10 million guests a year.[10] In April 2013, Nordisk Film purchased all shares in Oslo Kino, Norway's largest cinema chain with 15 cinemas.[20] Nordisk Film also co-owns KinoCity Drammen, giving the company a market share in Norway around 28 percent.[21]

Nordisk Film Games

Nordisk Film Games invest in Nordic gaming studios.[22][23]

One of the earlier games by Nordisk Film Games was KoGaMa. KoGaMa is a 3D multiplayer online sandbox[24] construction game created by Nordisk Film's[25] Multiverse Aps,[26] in which users play, share, and create games within their browser. With creatable terrain and game logic, users have adventure, battle and other game themes to choose from.[27][28]

Users aren't required to pay in order to play KoGaMa, but purchasing cubes known as gold cubes is required for users to unlock the exclusive content. The game requires that the user first download a Unity Webplayer.

KoGaMa currently has over one million registered users.[29] It was created in particular by Christian Rask and Casper Strandbygaard.[30]

KoGaMa contains a lot of free 3D games and is embedded into any website. It is similar to Minecraft.[31] with some journalists calling KoGaMa a 'cross between Minecraft and Youtube'.[32]

Avalanche Studios acquisition

On May 30, 2018 it was announced that Nordisk Film had acquired Avalanche Studios.[33]

Feature films


  • The Team (2015)[35]
  • Första Kärleken (1992)
  • BECK (19972015)
  • Arne Dahl (co-pro) (2015)
  • Jungledyret Hugo (2002-2003)


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