Grant announcement: Film import support

The application period ends: 29.02.2020
Decision: Grant decisions are made on week 12.

Application period

The application period ends February 29, 2020 at midnight.

Grant decisions are made on week 12.

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 film import support is to promote the importing, effective distribution, marketing and screening of a high-quality and diverse selection of films that represent global film culture and various genres. The support focuses on films that are not distributed by international distribution companies and which would not be imported without the support.

The purpose of film import support is also to promote the film acquisitions of regularly organised film festivals.

To whom?

The supported is intended to a professional distribution company registered in Finland and in possession of the film’s distribution rights in Finland or a corporation in charge of a film festival that holds the rights of the film.

For what purpose and how much?

A maximum of €15,000 and 70% of the actualised import and marketing costs approved by the Foundation may be granted for the importing of films meant for cinema distribution.

A maximum of €19,000 and 70% of the actualised costs approved by the Foundation may be granted for the dubbing costs of children’s films and family films in cinema distribution.

A maximum of €500 per film and a maximum of €10,000 per festival may be granted for the international film imports of film festivals. The support may be used to cover screening fees paid to the owner of the rights of the film and for international shipping. Films that warrant support are those shown at the festival and at least five (5) additional cinemas during, before or after the festival.

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 appendices:

  • the Film Foundation’s application form (Note! distribution companies and film festivals use different forms)
  • the film’s distribution agreement (distribution companies)
  • the film’s cost estimate
  • the film’s marketing and distribution strategy (distribution companies)
  • the festival’s tour budget
  • the festival’s financing plan

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

Application forms on the Foundation’s website

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?

Film import support 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:

The film enriches and diversifies the cinemas’ programme and represents new countries, cultures or subcultures in film without prejudice. The film’s distribution strategy shows an effective distribution plan. In addition, the Foundation’s available funds are taken into account. Other funding and self-financing of the project are viewed as an advantage.

The support focuses on first- or second-time directors and films that are not distributed by international distribution companies and which would not be imported without the support.

Special conditions

Support may also be granted to the importing and distribution of 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 significant creators and artists, and where the share of wages and salaries of the overall 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.

Films that receive support must be subtitled in Finnish and Swedish.

Admissible costs in the cost statement attached to the application are the costs recorded in the grant recipient’s accounts, paid net costs and project costs not subject to VAT. If the grant recipient does not have the right to VAT deductions, the costs may be approved with VAT.

The cost statement appended to the grant application must be verified by an accountant.

When the Foundation has granted film import support to the film, the recipient must include a mention of the support in the film’s press and marketing materials.

Prior to the decision-making process and processing of the application, the distributor must organise a screening for the handler of the application.

A prerequisite for granting film import support is that the grant 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 due final reports 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 and the required information is not uploaded into the online application system despite requests to do so or the film has not been shown to the application’s handler.


The Finnish Film Foundation’s Board decides on the film import support based on the CEO’s presentation.

Applicants receive a written notification.

Grant decisions are made on week 12.

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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