The aim of funding co-productions is to strengthen working relationships between Swedish production companies and foreign producers. It should also inspire and facilitate competence development, improve opportunities to secure international financing and help films to cross borders.
The Swedish Film Institute provides funding for 8-12 minority co-productions per year.
Who can apply?
Applications must be submitted by established Swedish production companies, active within the Swedish production environment.
The Swedish producer is responsible for the Swedish artistic, financial and technical elements of the co-production.
Primary evaluation criteria
• The long-term partnership between Swedish and foreign producer, artistic and financial.
• The proportion of Swedish participation in the production: artistic, technical and financial
• Distribution (theatrical or full coverage national television distribution)
• Artistic qualities
Examples of artistic functions: screenplay, direction, cinematography, art direction, costume, editing, sound, score composer and actors
Examples of technical functions: lab, sound mixing, studio, locations
The contribution of The Swedish Film Institute can be a maximum of 80% of the Swedish financing. The Swedish financing must be in proportion to the Swedish spend.
The application should include:
• An evaluation form with documentation that confirms points
• A full screenplay
• Details of the co-operation between the Swedish producer and the major producer (both previous and future projects)
• Specification of the Swedish artistic and technical involvement
• Budget in SEK with a specific column to specify the Swedish spend
• Financing plan in SEK, with a detailed specification of the Swedish contribution, including possible LOI/LOC
• Distribution plan, including minimum LOI or the like
• Time schedule
NOTE – The application and supporting documents form the basis on which the Swedish Film Institute's evaluation is made. Deviations from these may change the evaluation of the project.
A preliminary evaluation of the project is made by the funding department (download form on the right). The screenplay and supporting information is then passed on to a film commissioner for artistic evaluation.
If the project qualifies both technically and artistically, the film commissioner may recommend it to the board of the Swedish Film Institute for production funding. If the project does not fulfill the basic requirements for co-production, no artistic evaluation is made. Applications take approximately eight weeks to process.
Furthermore, our standard conditions for production funding apply.
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