Grant announcement: Digitisation support for domestic films

The application period ends: 28.02.2019 31.10.2019
Decision: Grant decisions are made on weeks 13 and 51.

Application periods

The application period ends 31 October 2019 at midnight.

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 support is to contribute to the production of digital screening copies of Finnish films completed after the 1980s for cinema and festival screenings, streaming and other types of digital distribution.

To whom?

Support may be granted to the distribution company that owns the film’s distribution rights in Finland or the production company that manages the film’s rights in Finland and abroad.

For what purpose and how much?

Support may be granted for covering the technical expenses of the digital screening copies of Finnish films produced after the 1980s (e.g. film scanning, colour grading, audio transfer, mixing, subtitling for the hearing-impaired, or into Finnish, Swedish or English).

The amount of support
The maximum amount of support per film is €20,000 and no more than 70% of the overall digitisation costs when the film is distributed in cinemas and at festivals, and no more than €10,000 and no more than 70% of the overall digitisation costs when the film is distributed via video on demand (VOD) or uses other digital distribution channels or platforms.

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

How to apply?

Applications are submitted online ( by sending in 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. The registration of a new client is processed in one 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:

  • the Film Foundation’s application form
  • the film’s distribution plan: distribution contracts
  • report on the film’s screening rights
  • subtitle information

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

Obligatory appendices for the applicant:

  • the latest financial statement approved by an accountant: balance sheet book and audit report
  • a valid extract from the Trade Register no older than six months
  • certificate of tax debts that is no older than three months
  • a certificate of paid pension insurance premiums that is no older than three months
  • a current shareholder register (Limited Liability Companies Act, section 3), the shareholder register is submitted only once and updated if holdings change

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

How are the applications evaluated?

Digitisation support for domestic films is discretionary. Granting the support is based on the overall evaluation and comparison of the applications. The following guidelines are used to evaluate the applications: When evaluating the project, the demand for the film or films in cinema distribution, at film festivals, streaming services and other digital platforms is considered. In addition, the Foundation’s available funds are taken into account. Other funding and self-financing of the project are seen as an advantage. If the project has a signed and valid distribution contract with a professional distribution company, it is considered a major advantage.

Special conditions

Support may also be granted to digitise a film or cultural product that

  1. forms an artistic whole;
  2. has content that is based on cultural values originating in cultural identity and
  3. includes a significant contribution by creators and artists and the share of their wages and salaries of the production costs is significant.

The project’s costs are approved without VAT. If the grant recipient does not have the right to VAT deductions, the costs may be approved with VAT.

The film that has received digitisation support must be subtitled in Finnish, Swedish and for the hearing-impaired.

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 applicants are 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 and 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 digitisation support for domestic films based on the CEO’s presentation.

Applicants receive a written notification.

Grant decisions are made on week 51.

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).

Payment of the support
The digitisation support is paid to the applicant’s Finnish bank account in two instalments: first instalment (80%) after the support decision is made, and the second instalment (20%) after the final report has been approved by the Foundation.

Further information

Head of Domestic Distribution Harri Ahokas,, tel. +358 9 6220 3035

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

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