Does this mean it's finished or is it a call for money to start the production proper?
Difficult to tell what stage 'Once Aurora' is at, though I was under the impression that filming had been ongoing for a year or more, with a further year or so of this two-year project to go.
According to a Flimmer Films facebook post from June 2017, a new round of 'development support' (presumably further funding?) had been granted by the Norwegian Film Institute. As per the following tweet from the 'European Documentary Network', 'Once Aurora' had also been chosen as one of their co-production workshop projects 'Twelve for the Future', run in conjunction with the 'Nordisk Panorama Forum' this September to which onelittlewarrior linked above.
Confusingly, while its full title seems to be the 'Nordisk Panorama Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries' (suggesting these are projects still looking for funding) one of the requirements for eligibility for consideration at the forum (which 'Once Aurora' must already have met) is that each project must "be supported with credible financial backing from a national, international or regional financier". So is their pitch in order to secure further funding, or to network with potential distributers and promoters, or what? With so much jargon in the various reports it is difficult to say!?
I'd like to think that sufficient funding is at least in place for the project to continue, though precisely the scale of it and what form it will eventually take might depend on the outcome of events such as September's 'Nordisk Panorama Forum'. Though there seems no prospect of any release date before Summer 2018 at the very earliest, we will hopefully have a clearer indication of developments as time goes on - a case of 'watch this space'!