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, and the oldest studio to be continuously active.[5][6]

Nordisk Film A/S
FormerlyOle Olsen Filmfabrik
Founded6 November 1906; 115 years ago (1906-11-06)
FounderOle Olsen
Key people
Allan Mathson Hansen
ProductsMotion pictures, television programs, cinemas, event tickets
RevenueIncrease 559 million (2018)[1]
Decrease 28 million (2018)[1]
ParentEgmont Group
SubsidiariesAvalanche Studios Group
Globalgate Entertainment[2]
Supermassive Games
Nordisk Films Promotional Poster
Nordisk Film 1906 logo
Main gate of Nordisk Film in 2008


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 company.

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, operating as electronic media production and distribution group. The total revenues in 2018 amounted to approximately €559 million. [9] 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, Norway and Sweden.[10] The films are also distributed internationally for viewing in cinemas, on video and on television.[11]

Furthermore Nordisk Film produce games through a number of game studios invested in by Nordisk Film Games, distribute PlayStation in the Nordic and Baltic countries and develop global digital gifting solutions through GoGift. [12]

Through the Nordisk Film Foundation, Nordisk Film develop new talent. With an annual budget of approx. DKK 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 2017, the Nordisk Film Foundation launched the one-day tech conference PictureThis_. [13]

Business AreasEdit

Nordisk Film ProductionEdit

Nordisk Film Production produces film and TV series and is involved in approximately 15 films and TV productions in Scandinavia each year. 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.[14]

In October 2009, Nordisk sold its TV production unit to the Banijay Group.[15]

Nordisk Film DistributionEdit

Nordisk Film Distribution handles and distributes the rights to own productions, a number of local films as well as independent productions. Nordisk Film is behind approximately one in every 5 theatrical films and their Distribution is a major player in the Nordic countries. Their associated company TrustNordisk is one of the largest sales agents in Europe and the leading expert when it comes to Scandinavian feature films and series worldwide. [16]

Nordisk Film InteractiveEdit

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.[17]

Nordisk Film CinemasEdit

Nordisk Film Cinemas is the leading cinema chain in Denmark and Norway, with expansion to Sweden. They have approximately ten million cinema guests pr. year. [18]


GoGift is a gifting company within Nordisk Film that offer unique gifting solutions for both B2B and B2C. [19] [20]

Nordisk GamesEdit

Nordisk Games invest in Nordic game studios. Nordisk Games has invested in six game companies: Avalanche Studios Group, Flashbulb Games, Multiverse, Raw Fury, Reto-Moto and Star Stable Entertainment. [21][22]

On May 30, 2018 it was announced that Nordisk Film had acquired Avalanche Studios.[23]

In December 2020, Nordisk Film, under their Nordisk Games division, purchased a 40% stake ownership of Spanish company, MercurySteam. [24]

In March 2021, Nordisk Film, under their Nordisk Games division, purchased a 30.7% stake of Supermassive Games, increasing to full 100% ownership in July 2022. [25]

Feature filmsEdit

Other filmsEdit


  • The Team (2015)[30]
  • Första Kärleken (1992)
  • BECK (1997–2015)
  • Arne Dahl (co-pro) (2015)
  • Jungledyret Hugo (2002-2003)


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  2. ^ Lieberman, David (2 May 2016). "Lionsgate Partners With Execs At Film Initiative Targeting Global Local Markets". Deadine.
  3. ^ "Nordisk Film A/S: Private Company Information". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  4. ^ Arnedal, Poul (2006). Nordisk Film - en del af Danmark i 100 år (1 ed.). Aschehoug Dansk Forlag A/S and Nordisk Film A/S. ISBN 87-11-30008-6.
  5. ^ Bergan, Ronald (September 2011). The Film Guide: A Complete Guide to the World of Cinema. DK Publishing. p. 145. ISBN 9780756691882.
  6. ^ "Brief History about Copenhagen". Copenhagen Portal. Retrieved 18 November 2009.
  7. ^ Thorsen, Isak. Nordisk Films Kompagni 1906–1924, The Rise and Fall of the Polar Bear. Indiana University Press, 2017. pp. 71–73.
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  9. ^ "About". Retrieved 4 February 2020.
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  16. ^ "Nordisk Film Distribution | Nordisk Film".
  17. ^ "PlayStation". Archived from the original on 27 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Nordisk Film Cinemas | Nordisk Film".
  19. ^ "GoGift | Nordisk Film".
  20. ^ "Gavekort fra GoGift | Køb gavekort til butikker & oplevelser".
  21. ^ "Nordisk Games".
  22. ^ "Nordisk Games | Nordisk Film".
  23. ^ "Nordisk Film Acquires Avalanche Studios". Nordisk Film. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Nordisk Games buys 40% of MercurySteam".
  25. ^ "Nordisk Games News".
  26. ^ Squires, John (10 June 2022). "'The Crow' Reboot Taking Flight With Several Big Deals Made for International Rights". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  27. ^ Kay, Jeremy (10 June 2022). "FilmNation sells out on 'The Crow' reboot in Cannes (exclusive)". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  28. ^ "Nordisk Film Titles". Archived from the original on 31 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  29. ^ "Motion Picture News". 1912.
  30. ^ "Film Production". Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2016.

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