Norwegian Film Institute
Norwegian Film Institute is the main film financing body in Norway, and operates both automatic and selective funding programs. NFI has a variety of funding programs for the development and production of feature films, tv drama, documentaries and games, totalling about €50 million.
Minority co-production funding
NFI typically has two annual deadlines for the co-production program; in February and September.
Qualifying projects must be acknowledged as a cultural product in the country where the main producer is based, and pass a Cultural Test measuring Norway’s creative and technical involvement.
Funding can be granted for up to 50% of the Norwegian part of the budget, typically in a range from €100.000 - €500.000. The funding is non-recoupable, and approximately €1.5 million is available for minority co-productions per annum.
The co-production funds can be combined with regional funds, but not with the 25% cash rebate.
Priority will be given to projects with a strong artistic potential, and/or a recognized potential in the Norwegian market. Project selection will be done via consultation, based on the project’s quality, and an evaluation of : a) the long-term plans for co-operation between the producers, b) use of Norwegian talent - and c) use of Norwegian production services.
The amount of support will be determined based on the Norwegian investment and on the share of other Norwegian investments. Co-productions are also 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.