Script Application

International Sámi Film Institute can give grants for Sámi synopsis, treatment, and manuscript writing. In addition, ISFI can support dramaturgical assistance.

  • The objective of manuscript subsidies is to ensure Sámi manuscripts of the highest possible quality and to form the basis of the ISFI’s position regarding any later applications for subsidies for the development or production of a film project, and/or investment in this.

    The grant support for manuscript development is for ISFI to give inexperienced and experienced practitioners with Sami affiliation the opportunity to create a manuscript that will be a strong factor in the competition for funding of the production. The manuscript must be developed in line with the ISFI’s objectives that are stated in the general section of these guidelines.

  • Applicants can be Sámi or other Indigenous writers, directors, producers, or a team of such. Manuscript 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.

    Important key functions in the project must be Sami; at least two of the key functions of producer, director, or screenwriter must be Sami speakers.

  • 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.


  • Applications for manuscript grants must be made in writing. Applicants must use the ISFI’s digital application form.

    Manuscript 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 manuscript grant approval document does not guarantee that new grants are given, but applicants may apply for support to the same project at a later date.

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

    The ISFI’s grant is valid for three months from the date the approval is delivered. The grant will then lapse without further notice if the receiver of the grant has not accepted the grant within this time.

    It is crucial to report for the use of the grant to ISFI. ISFI can choose not to pay the last rate of the grant or not accept new applications to other projects.

    A prerequisite for a manuscript grant is that the production must be done in accordance with the statutes of the ISFI.

  • There is no application deadline for scriptwriting scholarships and can be applied when needed.