Other financers and festivals

Here you can find links to other film funders and festivals.

Norsk Filminstitutt
Nordnorsk Filmsenter
Sundance Film Institute
Skábmagovat Film Festival
ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Maoriland Film Festival
Nuuk International Film Festival

granted applications

  • 22/09/2021 300000 Feature documentary, director Suvi West
  • 22/09/2021 250000 Feature film, director Egil Pedersen
  • 10/05/2021 150000 Short film, director Jens Martin Mienna, Ingá Márjá Sarre
  • 10/05/2021 200000 Documentary film, director Inga-Wiktoria Påve, Bob Coen
  • 10/05/2021 120000 Short film, director Liselotte Wajstedt
  • 10/05/2021 300000 Documentary film, director Gunilla Bresky
  • 10/05/2021 250000 Drama series, director Rebecca Wirkola Kjellmann / second unit director Ken Are Bongo
  • 10/05/2021 530000 360 short film, director Elle Márjá Eira
  • 10/05/2021 300000 Short film, director Inga Elin Marakatt
  • 10/05/2021 200000 Short film, director Marc Fussing Rosbach
  • 17/02/2021 800000 Director Elle Sofe Sara. ÁRRU is a musical about Kari, a Sami artist and single parent. Together with her teenage son she is dragged into an activist campaign against the establishment of mines where her family has had their reindeer grazing area for centuries.
  • 17/02/2021 500000 Director Ole Giæver. Ellos Eatnu is a feature film about when the Norwegian government decides to displace the Alta River in the late 1970s, a Sámi movement begins. Ester, originally ashamed of her roots, has to embrace her heritage to help fight for the rights of her people.
  • 17/02/2021 1000000 Director Katja Gauriloff. Jevida is a feature film about Jevida. The first Skolt Sámi film in history, tells the story of a woman who has reject her background under the pressure, and whose story is seen on three timelevels.
  • 17/02/2021 200000 Director Sunna Nousuniemi. This documentary is a short film that follows Sunna’s survival battle to regain her mental health and get justice, from autumn 2019 to spring 2021. It follows her journey through not only the Finnish mental health care system (psycho- and trauma therapy sessions) but also a trying legal process.


The International Sami Film Institute can support writers with mentor/dramaturg help. Since the establishment of ISFI, we have seen the benefits of dramaturgical help to improve scripts and we highly recommend using dramaturgical assitance in your writing process. ISFI is positive to consider covering the costs of dramaturgical assistance to projects that we have supported. In connection with Pathfinder - Guidelines for responsible filmmaking with the Sámi culture and People, we have established a Sámi Film and Culture Advisory group, with Nils Gaup, Maj Lis Skaltje, Harald Gaski, and Tiina Sanila-Aikio. Contact us here at ISFI if you want to know more about this. The Pathfinder film protocol document can be downloaded further down on this page. Other mentors who are advisors for Sámi filmmakers through ISFI are Amanda Kernell and Kate Leys.

Profession: Director

Nils Gaup is a film director and his feature film "Pathfinder" was nominated for an Oscar Award in 1987. He has directed several feature films and tv series as f.ex The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008). Nils has been mentoring the Sámi film industry since the establishment of ISFI.

Profession: Journalist/film director

Maj Lis Skaltje is from Gällivárri. She has worked as a journalist all her life and has also been chief of SVT Sápmi. She is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. Her feature-length documentary "Joik" is about the traditional sámi joik tradition.

Profession: Professor in Sámi culture and literature

Harald Gaski is a professor in sámi culture and literature at the Sámi University of applied sciences and UIT. He is born in Deatnu and has written a number of books and articles. Gaski has also translated and done publications about Áillohaš, Nils Aslak Valkeapää.

Profession: Reindeerherder, Artist, and politician

Tiina Sanila-Aikio has worked as Skoltsámi language and culture teacher and she has served as the President for The Sámi Parliament in Finland 2015-2019. Tiina is a reindeerherder, but she is also known as an artist, who has been presenting the tradition leudd and modern rock music.

Profession: Film Director/writer

Amanda Kernell was born in 1986 in Umeå, Sweden. She is a trained Director of The National Film School of Denmark and has since 2006 made several award-winning short films. SAMI BLOOD was her feature film debut. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2016 and has since then won over 30 awards. CHARTER (2020) is Amanda’s second feature film.

Profession: Script and story editor

She has worked for many years on countless British and European productions and also for feature films, short films, and TV series all over the world. She has worked with filmmakers at ISFI since 2018. She also runs masterclasses and workshops for screenwriters and filmmakers including at ISFI, ImagineNATIVE film festival in Toronto etc.


One of the main aims of the International Sami Film Institute is to build capacity in the Sámi film industry. We offer various workshops in different fields in film. You can contact us if there are specific courses you would like us to organize.

Download logo & other

Logo for filmmakers

Here you can download logos for film credits. If you are in need of other logos, please contact info@isfi.no.

Download ISFI film logo

Pathfinder guidelines

Guidelines for responsible filmmaking with the Sámi Culture and People

Download OFELAŠ FINAL 2022

ISFI presentation

Presentation of International Sámi Film Institutes results and impacts.

Download Presentation ISFI

Arctic Indigenous Film Fund

Presentation of Arctic Indigenous Film Fund

Download AIFF brochure

ISFI Annual Report 2020

Here you can find annual report from ISFI year 2020

Download Årsrapport ISFI 2020

ISFI grants 2020

Here you can find an overview of funds granted by ISFI year 2020

Download Juolludeamit 2020