Grant announcement: Cinema modernisation and equipment support

The application period ends: 31.01.2020
Decision: Grant decisions are made on week 10.

Application period

The application period ends January 31, 2020 at midnight.

Grant decisions are made on week 10.

The aim of the support

The aim of the Finnish Film Foundation is to promote the broad and comprehensive distribution of films by supporting the availability and reach of domestic films on different distribution platforms and also by supporting the availability of a wide variety of international films in Finland.

The aim of the cinema equipment and modernisation support is to guarantee high-quality and professional cinema operation everywhere in Finland.

To whom?

Support may be granted to a corporation registered in Finland, a registered association, a municipality or a municipal consortium in charge of the cinema while taking into consideration the prerequisites for professional and regular screenings.

Support may also be granted to a sole proprietor registered in Finland for justified reasons and taking into consideration the professional capacity of the cinema for regular screenings.

For what purpose and how much?

Support may be granted for the acquisition of technology, renovating screening rooms and facilities and improving accessibility for people with various disabilities. Energy conservation and other Green Screen projects may also be eligible for support.

The support can be granted to cover the costs of establishing a new cinema and acquisitions (e.g. satellite links, improved broadband access) that enable film screenings as well as other cultural events.

It can also be granted to networking projects of private and art house cinemas and joint projects that promote the visibility and availability of diverse and high-quality programmes in various ways.

Support may also be granted as de minimis support in which case the support may cover more than 50% of the project’s costs, but only up to 70%. The total amount of support may not exceed €200,000 per applicant during three consecutive financial years.

Other than de minimis support may amount to no more than 50% of the project’s total costs and no more than €70,000 for acquisitions and no more than €100,000 for renovations.

If the cinema has received equipment support related to digitisation, it can apply for more equipment support to update or supplement existing equipment. In this case, the support can be no more than 50% of the project’s costs. If the existing digital equipment cannot be updated, support for new acquisitions can be granted as de minimis support.

The budget accounts for the project expenses without VAT. If the grant recipient does not have the right to VAT deductions, the costs may be approved with VAT.

Previous support decisions may be viewed from the Foundation’s support decisions page.

How to apply?

Applications are submitted to the online application system by submitting the application and appendices to the Finnish Film Foundation before the deadline noted in the grant announcement.

New applicants must register in the online application system. New clients are registered within a week.

Applicants fill in an application in the online application system that consists of an electronic application form and the necessary appendices that are submitted into the system.

Instructions for the online application system

Prior to submitting an application, the applicant must carefully read the relevant grant announcement and support guide.


Obligatory application appendices:

  • Film Foundation application form
  • equipment supplier’s tenders (at least two)
  • the cinema’s strategy
  • budget and financial plan
  • the cinema’s lease
  • other funding agreements
  • A de minimis estimate if the application pertains to de minimis support

Application forms on the Foundation’s website

NOTE! The appendices to the application are submitted according to the type of the appendix.

The applicant’s obligatory appendices:

  • a verified and audited financial statement (if the Limited-liability Companies Act, the Audit Act or the articles of association necessitate an auditor) covering the latest financial period.
  • a valid extract from the Trade Register no older than six months
  • a certificate of paid taxes no older than three months
  • a certificate of paid pension insurance premiums no older than three months
  • a current shareholders’ register (the Limited-liability Companies Act, chapter 3). The shareholders’ register is submitted only once and updated if changes in ownership occur.

NOTE! Documents pertaining to a corporation are uploaded in the applicant’s appendices.

How are the applications evaluated?

Cinema equipment and modernisation support is discretionary support. Granting the support is based on the overall evaluation and comparison of the applications.

The following guidelines are used to evaluate the applications.

Evaluation takes into consideration the project’s feasibility and significance. In addition, the applicant’s professional and financial means to complete the project and the Foundation’s available funds are evaluated. Other funding and self-financing of the project are viewed as an advantage.

During evaluation, it is estimated whether the cinema has the ability to continue its operation in the region, and whether its programming is professional and regular throughout the year.

The support is granted primarily for equipment acquisition and the maintenance of screening facilities for cinemas in small and midsized municipalities. Support may also be granted for independent cinemas in large municipalities for special reasons.

Special conditions

A prerequisite for granting film import support is that the recipient has delivered the correct current information for maintaining film statistics to the Foundation.

A favourable decision requires that the applicant has complied with other possible support agreements, conditions and delivered a report on the uses of previous support. If the applicant is involved in several grants with the Foundation, the recipient’s projects may be viewed as a single whole. The Foundation may request further materials from the applicant in order to reach a decision.

Support cannot be granted if the application is insufficient or the required information is not uploaded into the online application system despite requests to do so.


The Finnish Film Foundation’s Board decides on the cinema equipment and modernisation support based on the CEO’s presentation.

Applicants receive a written notification.

Grant decisions are made on week 10.

The decision is based on the act of government funding for the advancement of cinema (1174/2018), the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers (688/2001) and the Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003).

Further information

Distribution and Exhibition Specialist Ilmari Arnkil,, tel. +358 9 6220 3035

Further instructions about the application process and decisions are available in the support guide.

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