The main objective of Sørfond is to strengthening film production in developing countries where such is limited for political or economical reasons.

Grants from Sørfond contribute to film productions with a main producer in a country on the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients and on the Norwegian Government's list of countries that are eligible to receive aid (ODA) from Norway. (See List of countries – Sørfond 2019 (pdf)).

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, i.e. a substantial part of the budget (50%) must already be confirmed. The fund supports fiction films and documentaries produced for theatrical release, for television or other media platforms. The minimum duration time is 50 minutes. The maximum support for a single production is NOK 1 000 000, or approximately EUR 103 000. Of this, a 10% overhead is granted to the minority co-producer in order to cover administration expenses.

The Sørfond guidelines 2019 (pdf).

Deadline: 01. Apr 2019

Sørfond is established with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Norwegian Film Institute, in co-operation with the Festival Agency Foundation (former Films from the South Foundation), administers the fund.

Considering with whom and where to co-produce: Look to Norway! Download our co-production catalogue (pdf).

Useful links:


Tina Beate Goa Fagerheim

Production Adviser Incentive Scheme and Sørfond
+47 22 47 44 40

Tina Beate Goa Fagerheim