Let's talk about money
Norway has several financing options for international film productions shooting in Norway. The mix of the national incentive program together with regional funding is aimed for cooperation with a regional minority producer.
The incentive program is administered by the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI). The 25% film incentive can be combined with regional funding.
Deadlines and Funds:
- The next application deadline is in November 2023
- Its now possible to send in application for the Norwegian incentive for funds in 2024.
- More information here.
The incentive scheme is aimed at productions produced entirely or partly in Norway that are intended for international distribution.
In order to be eligible, the minimum total production budget sums are:
- NOK 25 million for feature films
- NOK 10 million for documentary films
- NOK 10 million per episode for drama series
- NOK 5 million per episode for documentary series
The minimum requirement for eligible costs spent in Norway is NOK 4 million, and applies to all productions.
A minimum of 30 % of the financing must come from international sources (outside of Norway), and the production must document an international distribution agreement.
To qualify for a grant under the film incentives, the production must achieve at least the minimum required score in the Qualification test and meet the following criteria specified in the Legislation
Midgard Film Commission Norway works closely with the regional film fund Filminvest that covers the same region.
Filminvest AS wa
s established in 2016 as a merger between Filminvest Midt-Norge and
Film3, with the aim of providing opportunities for production of feature films, drama-series and games in the Trøndelag
and Innlandet counties. Right from the start the film fund has participated in developing and producing a number of projects with strong ties to the region. Filminvest is a member of Filmreg and Cine-Reggio.
Filminvest is a regional film fund that supports and invests in development and production of feature films, television drama and games. The projects must be associated with the region.
Filminvest AS receives approximately € 1 113 000 annually from the Ministry of Culture. This funding is allocated as non-recoupable grants to audiovisual productions with significant regional spending. International co-productions with a Norwegian minority producer are eligible to apply for funding.
Filminvest AS also have an investment fund of approximately € 2,5 million. The fund provides top financing, with a maximum investment per project of approximately € 200 000. Foreign producers must have a regional co-producer in order to be eligible for investments from Filminvest. The fund usually requests to recoup at 1st position, and the project must have a regional spend of minimum 160%.is a regional film fund that supports and invests in development and production of feature films, television drama and games. The projects must be associated with the region.
HOW TO APPLY
Before applying for production funding, its recommended to contact Filminvest administration firstname.lastname@example.org
- Foreign producers must have a co-production agreement with a regional producer, with some rights in the project, to be eligible for support and investments.
- Applications must be submitted by the regional co-producer.
- The Norwegian production company must have audiovisual production as its main purpose.
The fund offers various support and funding for audiovisual production an applicants are processed continuously. In the case of investments, the fund gives priority to commercially oriented projects with potential of a high audience turnout and economic returns.
Applications must include:
- a project description,
- budget and finance plan.
- final manuscript,
- an overview of regional spending,
- number of days on location in the region and
- use of regional film workers and staff.
MIDTNORSK FILM SENTER
Mid Norway Film Center is one of 7 regional Film Center's that manages state funds for development and production of films and games. The purpose is to develop Trøndelag as a film region.
They can support co-production of short films and documentaries with a foreign main producer. The applicant must be a production company located in Trøndelag county. The purpose of the scheme is to contribute to the further development of the film industry in the region through increased international cooperation, and to increase the share of international financing in projects with central Norwegian main producers.
In addition to the regional funding and the film incentive, there is a possibility to get co-production financing from the Norwegian Film Institute. This funding can not be combined with the film incentives.
Drama series: 08. Feb 2023 at 12.00, 27. Sep 2023 at 12.00
Fiction feature films: 21. Feb 2023 at 12.00, 23. May 2023 at 12.00, 17. Oct 2023 at 12.00
Considering with whom and where to coproduce with in Norway:
Download Co-production catalogue in pdf-format here
For more information on Co-producing with the Nordics HERE
Sørfond/ Film from South overall objective is to strengthen film production in countries where film production is limited for political or economic reasons.
Sørfond is to help to reinforce film as a cultural expression, promote diversity and artistic integrity, and strengthen freedom of speech in such countries. Sørfond is also to contribute to closer cooperation between the Norwegian and international film industries