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Funding Programmes

Nordisk Film & TV Fond's funding programmes are:

  • Production funding for feature films
  • Production funding for TV-film/drama series
  • Production funding for documentaries
  • Funding for distribution (single film)
  • Slate funding for distribution (up to three films)
  • Funding for dubbing
  • Funding for industry initiatives
  • Funding for strategic development (only upon request by the Fund)

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Projects Funded provides updated info on projects granted funding by Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

Currently Nordisk Film & TV Fond does not have any additional funding initiatives running. When announced see Special Initiatives for Guidelines, Application information and Downloads.

General information

Production Funding
Nordisk Film & TV Fond’s production funding may be applied for by production companies who are majority/delegate producers of the project and meets the conditions on our Guidelines point 2.1.
The film/series/documentary must be:

  • Suited for cinema exhibition, TV distribution or for other type of distribution
  • Considered to have a significant audience potential primarily in the Nordic countries, and secondarily in the global market

The following must be confirmed:

  • National base funding
  • Significant financing from at least one of the Fund´s Partners
  • Distribution in a minimum of two Nordic countries

The application must be:

  • Submitted before principal photography starts
  • Submitted via our online application system
  • In English or a Scandinavian language (including all attachments)

The Fund does not contribute to the funding of a project that has been pre-sold for distribution in one or more Nordic countries to a media company/streaming service that is not one of the Other Financing Partners of the Fund. Exceptions can be made for projects where the media company/streaming service and Other Financing Partner(s) of the Fund share distribution rights. The rights must then be shared in all the Nordic countries where the media company/streaming service has pre-bought distribution rights.

Distribution (single film/slate) and Dubbing support
Nordic distributors of non-national Nordic films can apply for VOD or cinema distribution support for a single film, or slate funding for up to three films. When applying for Slate funding, expenses may be included for hiring a marketing person to work specifically with the marketing of the films. Nordic production companies, or the Nordic distributor in the country where the film will be released, can apply for dubbing support for cinema, VOD or TV release. To obtain support, the individual films must have been well received at home or have a significant audience potential within their target group, in one or more Nordic countries.

Industry Initiatives
Organizers of initiatives such as workshops, seminars or festival programs that may strengthen the competence of the joint professional Nordic audiovisual community may apply for support.

Strategic Development
The Fund can initiate strategic development initiatives to assist the Nordic industry. The Fund will announce on our website when such initiative are initiated. Nordic Genre Boost is an example of this.

How to apply

Please read our Guidelines before you apply for funding. The Guidelines (last updated 1 January 2021) are available in the five Nordic languages and English. Note: The guidelines in Norwegian are the original, the other versions are translations. In case of any inequalities the Norwegian edition applies.

We recommend new applicants to read our Applying for support-guide before starting an application. The Check lists and the Frequently Asked Questions-section (FAQ) provide useful information for all applicants.

Funding Policy

Guidelines

Check Lists

Application Process

Registration
When applying for funding from Nordisk Film & TV Fond you must use our digital application system. The application and all attachments must be in Scandinavian or English. When your application is submitted, our Project Manager and respective Senior Advisor look through it before it is registered to see if it is complete. You will receive auto messages from our system confirming these stages. If any information is missing we will ask you to update your application.

Evaluation process and criteria
When the application is complete it will proceed to processing by the Fund's CEO (for fiction projects, distribution, industry initiatives and strategic development) or the Senior Advisor Documentary (for documentaries). They will evaluate the project in cooperation with the respective Senior Advisors/Project Manager.

Our Statutes, Guidelines and Funding Policy provide the Fund´s general framework.

We will make a comprehensive evaluation of the project on the basis of artistic- and audience-related criteria, as well as an evaluation of the project’s financial needs (production needs). Furthermore, it will be evaluated whether the economic conditions for the execution of the project are realistic, both in regard to production, marketing and distribution.

Applications are assessed only once. It is therefore important to apply with as complete script(s) and documentation, including distribution guarantees and marketing plans, as possible.

The Fund poses no special conditions regarding a common Nordic theme or economic spend.

The Fund will in particular prioritize projects that have children and youth as their target groups.

The Fund may seek advice from freelance consultants or readers.

Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. The normal processing time is 5-6 weeks and starts when the application is approved for evaluation by The Fund. Extra processing time must be excepted for applications completed less than 6 weeks before the Fund's summer holiday in July, or shortly before Christmas and Easter.

Decision
The Fund's CEO signs the decisions and is responsible to the Board of Directors for them. A decision letter of granting or refusal will be sent digitally to the applicant. If funding is granted, the Letter of Commitment will contain the amount. Enclosed with it you will find a list of required documents and other obligations needed for drawing up the contract.

A refusal is the Fund's final decision. A project previously rejected by the Fund cannot be re-submitted.

FAQ

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What is the Fund's respons to funding recipients affected by the coronavirus?

Nordisk Film & TV Fond intends to be flexible where possible.
Supported cultural events that now are cancelled, will keep their support on the basis of final budget reports.
Films whose Nordic theatrical distribution the Fund has financed, will not lose their support, even if the distribution changes to online only.
Production shares will not be reclaimed if the distribution changes within our application guidelines.
In all cases the Fund needs to be updated on eventual changes. Contact the relevant Senior Advisor or the Project Manager if you have any questions.

Do you have any application deadlines?


There are no specific application dates or deadlines to apply for funding from Nordisk Film & TV Fond. You can submit your application at any time, but in accordance with our Guidelines.



Who is allegeable to apply for production funding?

The applicant must be a production company which is residing in one of the five Nordic Countries, another EU/EEA member state or Switzerland, and must have documented experience in audiovisual production.

The production company/applicant must have established a business premise or equivalent in one of the five Nordic countries under applicable law. Further the applicant must meet the other conditions in our Guidelines article 2.1.

Is it possible to apply for production support when principal photography has started?

In case of feature film or TV-film/drama series; a complete application must be submitted before principal photography starts. For documentary-applications exceptions can be made. Contact the relevant Senior Advisor before you apply if you are in doubt.

How long is your processing time?

Our normal processing time for applications is 5-6 weeks. The processing time starts when the application is approved for evaluation by The Fund. Extra processing time must be excepted for applications approved less than 6 weeks before the Fund's summer holiday in July, or shortly before Christmas and Easter. Log in to see the status for your project.

What is the Fund's funding policy on sequels and returning seasons?

As of January 1st 2021, film sequels and returning seasons of drama series are no longer eligible for production support.

We have pre-sold our project to a Nordic media company/streaming service that isn't one of The Fund's partners, can we still apply?


The Fund does not contribute to the funding of a project that has been pre-sold for distribution in one or more Nordic countries to a media company/streaming service that is not one of the Other Financing Partners of the Fund. Exceptions can be made for projects where the media company/streaming service and Other Financing Partner(s) of the Fund share distribution rights. The rights must then be shared in all the Nordic countries where the media company/streaming service has pre-bought distribution rights.

For further information please see our Guidelines article 1.3 and 2.1.