Grant announcement: Material support for international promotion

The aim of the support

The aim of the support is to promote the internationalisation of Finnish films and filmmakers, boost the international status of Finnish films and to expand the skill set of film professionals.

To whom? 

Material support for international promotion may be granted to a production company that has the professional and financial means to market and distribute films or to a corporation registered in Finland that holds the film’s international commercial rights, or a domestic filmmaker or group of filmmakers. 

The Finnish Film Foundation is responsible for the export of films whose main production country is Finland. The purpose of its operations is to promote Finnish films and their distribution abroad.

Support for international promotion may be primarily granted for films that have received production support from the Foundation or the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK). The support covers completed and soon to be completed feature films, short or serialised drama, documentary, animation or children’s films and combinations thereof.

For what purpose and how much? 

Material support for international promotion is aimed at the manufacturing costs of international screening copies of Finnish films, the films’ international press and marketing material (including trailers, press kits, posters) and operations aimed at supporting internationalisation.

The Finnish Film Foundation may grant support for creating essential international media contacts when the film has been invited to participate in a notable international film festival or the film is involved in a significant internationalisation project.

For short and documentary films, English subtitling costs are included in the film’s production support cost estimate and they are not financed by the material support for international promotion. For feature length films, material support for international promotion may be used to finance post-production subtitling costs not included in the production support cost estimate.

Applications for material support should be submitted no later than six months after the international screening.

Support may be granted in full (100%) for necessary and justified reasons in order to reach stated objectives.

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

How are the applications evaluated? 

Material support for international promotion is discretionary. Granting the support is based on the overall evaluation of the applications. The following guidelines are used to evaluate the applications:  

The handlers evaluate the applications based on the need for internationalisation. The overall evaluation examines the project’s international potential, the status of possible festival invitations and the applicant’s professionalism.

How to apply? 

Applications are entered into the online application system by submitting the application and appendices to the Film Foundation.  New applicants must register in the online application system. New applicants 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 uploaded into the system.  

Instructions for the online application system 

Appendices 

Obligatory application appendices: 

  • overall project plan 
  • summary of the material costs
  • report on the actualised costs of international copies, promotional material or international communications (extract from accounting or receipts from expenses)

The applicant’s obligatory appendices: 

  • a verified and audited financial statement (if the Limited-liability Companies Actthe 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. 

Special conditions 

  • Support may also be granted to the 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) where the portion of the wages and salaries of creators and performers of the overall  production costs is significant. 
  • The material support 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 Foundation may request further information if it deems it necessary for the decision-making process. 
  • A prerequisite for granting the support is that the recipient has complied with possible earlier support agreements and met their conditions. 
  • The Film Foundation oversees the use of the support and it has the right to audit the recipient’s finances and operations. 
  • The actualised overall funding of the project must not exceed the project’s actualised costs. 

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 material support for international promotion based on the CEO’s presentation.  

Applicants receive a written notification. 

The application will be processed in the first board meeting after the application has been submitted. The processing time is approximately 3–8 weeks after the application and all the required appendices have been submitted.

The decision is based on the act of government funding for the advancement of cinema (56/2018), the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers (688/2001) and the Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003)

Further information 

Feature films: International Promotion Coordinator Jenni Domingo, tel. +358 9 6220 3032, jenni.domingo@ses.fi 

Documentary films: Advisor Suvi Railo, tel. +358 9 6220 3021, suvi.railo@ses.fi 

Short films: Advisor Otto Suuronen, tel. +358 9 6220 3019, otto.suuronen@ses.fi 

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

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