Zentropa sets up Norwegian outfit

Adds to expanding international production network

COLOGNE, Germany -- Danish production giant Zentropa continues its European expansion, establishing a new production operation -- Zentropa Norge -- in Norway to deliver local-language features and TV formats as well as participating in multiterritory financing on larger projects.

Producer Valerie Saunders will run the new Oslo-based operation.

Zentropa already has local production outfits in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands and Sweden.

The setup has proven remarkably efficient in tapping regional film subsidies to produce art house features. Two of Zentropa's three films in competition in the Berlinale next month: Lukus Moodysson's "Mammoth" and "Storm" from Hans-Christian Schmid, were both produced using the company's multiterritory setup.

In a separate move, TrustNordisk, the joint sales outfit for Zentropa and Danish partner Nordisk, on Monday signed a seven-year worldwide distribution partnership with London-based Shorts International for its lineup of short films.

The deal includes titles such as "Occupations" by Zentropa founder Lars von Trier and "45 cm" from Annette K. Olesen, whose latest feature-length drama, "Little Soldier," will premiere in competition in Berlin.