The Norwegian Film Insitute has, with their recent amount of support, 1 million Norwegian kroner, totally granted 1,45 million Norwegian kroner in development funds for Skofteland Film´s major investment and big hope, «The Optimists». The film is directed by Gunhild Westhagen Magnor, and is about a volleyball team in the Norwegian city Hamar, and the players on the team are ladies between 66 and 98 years.
– This is much appreciated news. This means that we can go through with important shooting for the film while it is actually happening, and at the same time we can continue working on the remaining funding. You can´t put the reality on hold, and that is a fact we have met understanding for at NFI, says producer Hilde Skofteland.
NRK and SVT are both involved in the funding part of the film at this point, and the film has also received support from Fond for lyd og bilde (Fund for Picture and Sound), Østnorsk Filmsenter (The film center of Eastern Norway), The Health Associtation of Norwegian women/The Extra Foundation, The Retiree Association, Hedmark County and municipality of Hamar