BREAKING: Six of Scandinavia’s most prominent directors — Lone Scherfig, Per Fly, Ole Christian Madsen, Dagur Kari, Thomas Vinterberg and Janus Metz — have joined forces with producers Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy’s newly minted Parts & Labor International and Danish producers Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen & Jacob Jørgensen to form a co-op called Creative Alliance. Creative Alliance will develop designed to get each director to helm at least one English-language film for the international marketplace.
Said the filmmakers: “We are eager to join forces and develop films together. To share our energy and expertise – as well as challenging each others craft and talent to ensure that every film reaches its full artistic and commercial potential.”
The company’s aim is to combine the best of Scandinavian film traditions and practices with the strength and scale of the film industry in the U.S. All films made under the Creative Alliance banner will be developed out of Denmark and Creative Alliance will provide the resources and supportive environment for the directors to work together on individual projects, harnessing their collective experiences and individual strengths. Knudsen, Van Hoy, Michelsen and Jørgensen will maintain an active role in the development of the films as well. Creative Alliance will be developing high-quality films for an international audience.
Creative Alliance will develop films at all budget levels. The company has secured the necessary equity for the development of all six films and is working with the Danish Film Institute and other Scandinavian and European funding bodies.
Said the Parts & Labor duo: “We have developed an innovative business model which will make it possible for European directors to develop and direct films in the U.S. with support from funding bodies at home.”