Grant announcement: Marketing and distribution support for digital formats

The application period ends: 31.05.2019 31.10.2019
Decision: Grant decisions are made on weeks 25 and 51.

Application period

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 marketing and distribution support for digital formats is to promote the marketing and availability of Finnish cinema in video on demand (VOD) services, other digital platforms and on DVD and Blu-ray.

To whom?

Support may be granted to a professional distribution company or a registered corporation that manages the film’s distribution rights in Finland.

For what purpose and how much?

Support may be granted to cover the production, marketing and distribution costs of the film’s digital format distribution.

The amount of support
Support may be granted to cover a maximum of 70% of the production, marketing and distribution costs. The first digital publication of the film may receive a maximum of €10,000 of support.

A digital re-release may receive a maximum of €2,500.

A thematic or director-based selection of several films may receive a maximum of €19,000 if the films have not previously received marketing and distribution support for digital formats or marketing and distribution support for Finnish films.

A prerequisite for the support is that the release includes subtitling for the hearing impaired and Swedish subtitles.

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

How to apply?

Applications are entered into the online application system by submitting the application and appendices before the deadline to the Film Foundation. 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

Appendices

Obligatory application appendices:

  • the Film Foundation’s application form
  • the film’s distribution agreements
  • an expense report verified by an accountant
  • subtitling information

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

Application forms on the Foundation’s website: http://ses.fi/en/funding/application-guidelines-and-forms/.

The applicant’s obligatory appendices:

  • the latest financial statement approved by an accountant: balance sheet book and audit report
  • a valid Trade Register Extract that is 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?

The marketing and distribution support for digital formats is discretionary support that can be granted provided that digital distribution or the release’s costs are not included in the film’s domestic marketing and distribution budget.

Granting the support is based on the overall evaluation and comparison of the applications. The following guidelines are used to evaluate the applications:

The supported release increases the film’s reach in various distribution platforms and among various audiences. The applicant has a distribution plan and agreements for digital distribution.

The support primarily applies to project supported by the Film Foundation, but other productions may be considered eligible if they meet the support conditions. In addition, the Foundation’s available funds are taken into account. Other funding and self-financing of the project are viewed as an advantage.

Special conditions

Support may also be granted to the digital distribution of a film or a release 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 film that has received support must be subtitled in Finnish, Swedish and for the hearing-impaired.

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.

After the Foundation has granted film marketing and distribution support for digital formats, the recipient is obligated to add a mention of the support to the credits.

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

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 and the required information is not uploaded into the online application system despite requests to do so.

Decisions

The Finnish Film Foundation’s Board decides on the marketing and distribution support for digital formats 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 support
The support is paid in one instalment after the decision to the recipient’s Finnish bank account.

Further information

Head of Domestic Distribution Harri Ahokas, harri.ahokas@ses.fi, tel. +358 9 6220 3035

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

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