Baltic Region’s North Star Film Alliance Opens Japan Office With Local Outfit Ax-on

Baltic Region’s North Star Film Alliance Opens Japan Office With Local Outfit Ax-on
Exclusive: The North Star Film Alliance (Nsfa), an organization set up by Finland, Estonia and Latvia to promote the countries’ film production opportunities, is opening an office in Japan in a bid to foster connections between the regions.

There has been growing cooperation between the Japanese film biz and Nsfa countries, following the 2017 Latvian-Japanese co-production Magic Kimono, currently streaming on Netflix, which was helmed by Latvian director Maris Martinsons and featured a primarily Japanese cast. Last year, Japanese director Kôjirô Hashimoto chose to shoot his feature Snow Flower in Finland, tapping into the cash rebate.

The office will be administered by Tokyo-based Ax-on, a member of the Nippon group, which is well known for international production services. It will host informational presentations at small-scale location industry events to communicate the production possibilities, locations, and various incentives the three countries offer.

The Baltic region has been growing in prominence as a
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