International Sámi Film Institute can give fast track grants for the development and production of Sámi film projects in any genre. You can apply fast track to smaller projects with a small budget.
Through its grant scheme for the production and development of Sámi film projects in any genre, International Sámi Film Institute aims to provide funding support for Sámi filmmakers. The purpose of the fast track grant is to make it easier for filmmakers to apply for grants for smaller projects with a smaller budget, which have a shorter development and production time.
Applicants can be Sámi or other Indigenous writers, directors, producers, or a team of such. Fast track subsidies can be granted to an individual author, or to a producer or team of such people. In order to receive fast track support, there is no requirement that the applicant has a production company.
Two of the three main key functions in the film project must be Sámi/or Sámi speakers: producer/co-producer and director, or screenwriter.
Other Indigenous production companies and film makers can be eligible for a fast track grant from ISFI if the project is of specific importance or artistic value.
Applicants must self-identify themselves as Sámi or Sámi speaking (or other Indigenous) in the application.
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.
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 Sámi 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.
You can apply fast track to smaller projects with a small budget.
Fast track 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.
If the ISFI supports the project at a later date, the fast track 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 fast track grants and this can be applied for when needed.