Development application

ISFI can support the development of Sámi film projects in any genre. Development can include all aspects of pre-production.

  • Through its grant scheme for the development of short films, documentaries, feature films, and series, International Sámi Film Institue aims to provide funding support for professional filmmakers, until the projects reach the production stage.

    The development grant aims to secure the best possible quality of the film project.

    Further on the development grant is important to give ISFI the best possible foundation to evaluate production grant support to the film.

  • Applicants can be Sámi or other Indigenous writers, directors, producers, or a team of such. Development subsidies can be granted to an individual author or director writing a manuscript, or to a producer or team of such people. If the recipient of the grant is a producer, the author’s contract must be submitted to ISFI upon request. The recipient of the grant must provide documentation showing how the funds are used.

    Two of the three main key functions in the film project must be Sámi/or Sámi speakers: producer/co-producer and director, or screenwriter.

  • In order to be entitled to receive a grant from the ISFI, the applicant and their project must meet the general requirements for grants and also the special terms and conditions applying to the specific project. ISFI makes an overall assessment of the project on the basis of the project’s artistic impression and the obligations in accordance with these guidelines.

    A prerequisite for a grant is that the project must be connected to the Sámi language and culture. In addition to this, projects seeking grants must meet the following requirements:

    The project must be designed exclusively in one of the Sámi languages.

    Important key functions in the project must be Sámi; at least two of the key functions of producer, director or screenwriter must be Sami speakers. Applicants must self-identify themselves as Sámi or Sámi speaking in the application.

    The theme of the project must be of a Sami nature.

    Projects whose target group is children or young people will be particularly prioritized.

    The film must be made with Sámi dialogue.

    A specific, discretionary assessment by the ISFI will determine whether a project has met ISFI’s grant requirements.


  • Development grants are normally paid in two installments: half upon the applicant’s written acceptance of the grant approval document, and a half when the results of the granted project have been approved by the ISFI.

    The development grant approval document does not guarantee that approval will be granted to any subsequent development subsidy and/or investment in the production, but applicants may apply for support for the same project at a later date.

    If the ISFI supports the project at a later date, the development grant allocated will be regarded as part of the total grant and is not required to be reimbursed.

    The ISFI’s approval is valid for three months from the date the approval is delivered. The approval will then lapse without further notice.

  • There is no application deadline for development grants and this can be applied for when needed.