Co-producing with Norway

Published: 14/06/2012 | Edited: 20/02/2017

Funding is available for foreign productions destined for theatrical releases, in which a Norwegian producer participates as a minority co-producer. It is also possible to obtain funding for documentary productions, drama series and short films with a Norwegian minority co-producer.

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Productions for theatrical release

Funding is available for foreign productions destined for theatrical release, in which a Norwegian producer participates as a minority co-producer. The annual budget for 2017 is NOK  NOK 10 million (approx. EUR 1.1 million)

Production funding can be granted for up to 50% of the Norwegian part of the budget, in a range from EUR 50.000 to 300.000.

  • Funding from the Norwegian Film Institute can be combined with investment from Regional funds in Norway.

Co-productions with a minority Norwegian producer are eligible to apply for marketing support in Norway. They will also be eligible to apply for ex post support for up to a total of 50% of the Norwegian budget, calculated on the basis of ticket sales in Norway. All funding is non-recoupable.

When evaluating the applications, the NFI will consider:

  • the producers track record
  • that the project is recognized as a cultural product in the home country
  • long-term plans for co-operation between the producers
  • a Norwegian spend including use of Norwegian talents on both sides of the camera
  • deliveries from the Norwegian industry,i. e. equipment and facilities, location, post-production, VFX etc. – referring to a point system to qualify

Priority will be given to productions with:

  • strong artistic potential and/or
  • recognised potential in the Norwegian market

Deadline for applications in 2017:  February 1st and September 5th.
Deadline for applications in 2018:  tba

Contact: Anne Frilseth, see right margin for details 

Documentaries

It is possible to obtain funding for documentary productions not intended for theatrical release with a Norwegian minority co-producer. The evaluation procedure and requirements are similar to theatrical releases, but with some additional requirements. The applications will be evaluated by one of the documentary film commissioners of the NFI. The annual budget for 2017 for documentary co-production is approx. NOK 2,5-3 million (approx. EUR 0.3 million). Applications for 2017 have no specific deadline and will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Contact: Fridrik Mar, see right margin for details.

Drama series

It is possible to apply for funding of production of drama series with a Norwegian minority producer. No separate budget has been established for this purpose. Applications will be evaluated by the NFI drama series consultant, with the same application deadlines and the same budget as specified for applications with a Norwegian main producer. In the 5 CO-PRODUCING WITH NORWAY evaluation procedure, the project’s artistic quality and production quality will be considered, as well as the cooperation between the co-producers, Norwegian creative and technical contributions to the project, and the share of the film’s budget to be spent in Norway. It is possible to apply for up to 50% of the Norwegian budget.

Deadline for applications in 2017: February 8th. A second application deadline will announced at a later stage.

Contact: Ingrid Festøy Ottesten, see right margin for details.  

Short Films

It is possible to apply for funding of production of short films with a Norwegian minority producer. No separate budget has been established for this purpose. Applications will be evaluated by the NFI short film consultant, with the same application deadlines and the same budget as specified for application with a Norwegian main producer. In the evaluation procedure, the project’s artistic quality and production quality will be considered, as well as the cooperation between the co-producers, Norwegian creative and technical contributions to the project, and the share of the film’s budget to be spent in Norway. It is possible to apply for up to 100% of the Norwegian budget.

Deadline for applications in 2017: January 5th, April 4th. A third application deadline will announced at a later stage.

Contact: Ingrid Festøy Ottesten, see right margin for details.

How to apply

Applications for funding must be submitted by the Norwegian minority producer. The project must be acknowledged as a cultural product in the country of the delegate producer. If an application is made under the European convention, it should be forwarded to the NFI through the Competent Authority in the delegate producer’s home country. A deal memo from a Norwegian film distributor confirming the intention of a theatrical release in Norway is required. The volume of support will be determined on the basis of Norwegian spending and the share of other Norwegian investment.

Contact NFI

  • Anne Frilseth
  • Senior Advisor Co-production, feature films
  • Phone: +47 22 47 88 63
  • Email: anne.frilseth@nfi.no
  • Fridrik Mar
  • Production Advisor, documentary
  • Phone: +47 22 47 45 51
  • Cell phone: +47 901 98 916
  • Email: fridrik.mar@nfi.no