In Finland there are no national production incentives in place yet. However, some local funds and The Finnish Film Foundation (Suomen Elokuvasäätiö) funding are available for professional film production. Funded productions need to be coproductions as production funding is available only for production companies registered in Finland.
Scriptwriting support is available for professional fiction and documentary film writers. Support for the cultural export of Finnish Films may be granted to production companies, the film rights holder and filmmakers.
The Finnish Film Foundation evaluates each project in terms of content, expression and production planning. The evaluation takes into account the applicant’s artistic, professional and financial qualifications for completing the production.
There are no deadlines for scriptwriting, development, production support or cultural export support applications. The deadlines for exhibition and distribution support are listed on the department’s page. All applications are handled in incoming order, within 4–6 weeks from the time of submission.
Once the application has been processed the presenting official’s support decision is brought to a Support Meeting where the Managing Director signs off on all decisions.
All applications are made via an online application system on the Foundation’s website (currently only available in Finnish). Before applying, all applicants should consult the Foundation’s Support Guidelines for more information on the application process and required application appendices.