Norwegian South Film Fund/Sørfond

Norwegian South Film Fund

Published: 31/01/2012 | Edited: 04/05/2017

The Norwegian Film Institute, in co-operation with the Oslo Films From the South Foundation, is in charge of the administration of the fund. Sørfond grants contribute to film productions whose main producer is based in countries on the current OECD Dac list.

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The Norwegian South Fund

The Norwegian South Film Fund is established with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture.


The main objective of SØRFOND is to increase film production in countries where it is limited for political or economical reasons. Film projects from over 150 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East are eligible for grants. Strong artistic performance and cultural integrity are core priorities. One of the main characteristics of SØRFOND is the mission to encourage productions dealing with freedom of expression.


Grants from SØRFOND contribute to film productions whose main producer is based in countries on the current OECD DAC list of ODA recipients. A Norwegian minority co-producer is required. The majority producer must represent a private production company with main responsibility for the financial planning and practical implementation of the project. The minority producer must represent a private and independent production company in Norway that is not publicly owned and is independent in relation to broadcaster ownership.


SØRFOND grants production support as top financing, meaning a substantial part of the budget (50%) must already be confirmed. The fund supports fictions and documentaries produced for theatrical release, for television or other media platforms. Minimum duration time is 50 minutes. The maximum support for a single production is NOK 1.000.000 or aprox EUR 103 000. Of this, a 10 % overhead is granted to the minority co-producer in order to cover administration expenses.

Deadline for applications in 2017: March 1st.

Contact: Ingrid Festøy Ottesen

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