Support categories

Finnish film producers or filmmakers can apply for support to attend festivals or other international events where their work is exhibited. The event organiser is expected to cover the accommodation costs of the invited party. The support is paid against a submitted support report after it has been awarded.

Support can be granted to a Finnish film producer for the production costs of an international screening copy and promotional materials. The support can also be granted for other expenses caused by a significant international festival premiere or other events promoting cultural export. The support is paid against a submitted support report after it has been awarded.

Support for international promotion projects can be granted to a production company, a holder of the international distribution rights, and to a filmmaker or filmmakers promoting the international distribution of Finnish films (completed or in production).

The Finnish Film Foundation grants support for the organisation of nationally significant film festivals. The national significance of a festival is evaluated based on the scope and versatility of the programme as well as national and international interest from the audience and media.

The aim of training support is to promote the professional development of personnel working in film distribution. Training Support can be granted to personnel working in film distribution or film festivals who wish to participate in training programmes in order to develop their professional skills.

The objective of the support is to promote the marketing and availability of Finnish films on DVD, Blu-ray or other digital formats. Support may be granted to a distribution company holding distribution rights to the format in question.

Film import support provides aid for the importation of films intended for cinema release and regular film festivals’ international programme purchases. The goal of programming support is to promote importation, distribution, marketing, and the screening of high-quality, versatile films, representing a wide variety of film genres and cultures. Professional distributors and film festivals are eligible to apply.

The aim of the support is to expand the cinema network in Finland to towns of 50 000 or more inhabitants that do not have a cinema or other facilities suitable for the public presentation of different art forms. Support may be granted for expenses incurred in setting up a new cinema and equipment purchases (satellite links, faster broadband connections etc.) that enable the screening of other cultural content in addition to films. Collaborating with regional authorities is incouraged. Support may also be granted for the networking and collaboration projects of private and art house cinemas that promote the availability and visibility of diverse programming.

The aim of the support is to maintain a comprehensive cinema network and help cinemas develop new operating approaches. The support is intended primarily for cinemas in small and medium-sized communities. Support may be granted to a company (registered in Finland) that owns a cinema, or to a registered association responsible for operating a cinema.

The support is intended primarily for funding the refurbishment and equipment purchases of cinemas operating in small and medium-sized communities. Support may be granted to a company (registered in Finland) that owns a cinema, or to a registered association responsible for operating a cinema.

Marketing and distribution support may be granted for the marketing and distribution costs of all domestic film genres and formats. It may be granted to a professional film distribution company with film distribution rights in Finland, or to a production company that manages the commercial rights of a film in Finland.

Production support is granted for the creation of feature-length, short and serialised dramas, documentaries, animated and children’s films. Support may be granted to a production company (a corporation registered in Finland) that manages the commercial rights of the film in Finland.

A project developing several films may include 3–5 separate film projects. The development plan timetable may not exceed 24 months. The films included in the development project must be live action feature films. One of the projects may be a serialised drama. In 2018, the maximum support for one slate of films is 150,000 euros.

Support may be granted on application for developing feature-length films, short and serialised dramas, documentaries, animated and children’s films. The support may used for e.g. commissioning and refining the screenplay, production planning, filming and set design plans, and other measures required by budgeting and financing arrangements. Development support may be granted to a production company (a corporation registered in Finland) that manages the commercial rights of the film in Finland. The support maximum is 250,000 euros.

A scriptwriting grant may be issued to a person or working group for the work specified in a scriptwriting plan. In addition to scriptwriting, the grant may be issued for background and review work on the subject. A scriptwriting grant may be issued for one film, up to the maximum support decided annually by the Foundation. The maximum in 2019 will be EUR 20,400. Grants are issued in monthly grants (EUR 1,700 per month), with no more than twelve (12) months available for one film.

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