Grant announcement: Training 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 training support is to promote the development of the professional skills of people working in film distribution.

To whom?

Training support may be granted to people working in screening and distribution or at film festivals.
Support for the same training can only be granted to a single person in the organisation each year.

For what purpose and how much?

Training support may be granted for international training programmes and events for people working in the field of screening and distribution to develop their professional skills.

The amount of support
Support may be granted to cover participation fees for the training programme, including reasonable travel and accommodation expenses, excluding daily allowances.

Support may be granted in full (100%) for necessary and justified reasons in order to reach stated objectives. Other funding and self-financing of the project are seen as an advantage.

Training support is paid to the recipient’s Finnish bank account in one instalment after expenses have been accounted for by receipts appended to the application.

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. 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 uploaded into the system.

Instructions for the online application system

Prior to submitting an application, the applicant must carefully read the relevant call for applications and support guide.


Obligatory appendices:

  • the Film Foundation’s application form
  • report of the actualised training
  • statement of charges with receipts
  • the employee’s recommendation letter

Application forms on the Foundation’s website

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

How are the applications evaluated?

Training 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:

Participating in training develops the expertise and professional skills of people involved in screening and distribution. In addition, the Foundation’s available funds are taken into account. Other funding and self-financing of the the project are seen as a benefit.

Participants in, for example, the EU’s Creative Europe training programmes and events for marketing, distribution and screening professionals are eligible for the training support.

Special conditions

A favourable decision requires that the applicant has complied with other possible support agreements, conditions and submitted 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 or the required information is not submitted into the online application system despite requests to do so.


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

Applicants receive a written notification.

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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