International Sámi Film Institute can support the distribution of films. Distribution to film festivals, markets, TV, or streaming services is eligible for distribution grant from ISFI.

  • Through its grant scheme for the distribution of short films, documentaries, feature films, and series, International Sámi Film Institue aims to provide funding support for professional filmmakers and distributors, so Sámi films can reach world audiences.

    The distribution grant aims to support the best possible distribution of your film projects.


  • Applicants can be Sámi producers/distributors, or a collaboration team with other professional distribution companies.

    The recipient of the grant must provide documentation showing how the funds are used.


  • 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.

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


  • Distribution 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 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 distribution grants and this can be applied for when needed.