International Sámi Film Institute can give grants for Sámi synopsis, treatment, and manuscript writing. In addition, ISFI can support dramaturgical assistance.
The purpose of the grant is to ensure a script of the highest possible quality. Furthermore, it shall form the basis for the assessment by ISFI of whether additional funding should be given, if applied for, for the development or production of the film project.
ISFI’s intention with this grant is to give both experienced and inexperienced scriptwriters of Sámi affiliation the opportunity to create a script that assert itself in the competition for production funding. The development of the script must follow ISFI’s purpose in accordance with the general part of the regulations.
The applicant can be a writer, director, producer or a group of these with a Sami background.
Script grants can be awarded to individual writers or directors writing scripts, or to producers or a group of these. If the grant recipient is a producer, he or she must attach an agreement with the script writer, if required by ISFI. The grant recipient must document how and what the funds are spent on.
Central roles in the project must be held by people who define themselves as Sami or who speak Sami. Definition central roles are producer or co-producer, and director or script writer.
In order to receive a grant from ISFI, the applicant and project must fulfil the general conditions for grants, and criteria that apply to certain projects. ISFI makes an overall assessment of the project on the basis of the project’s artistic form and the criteria set by these regulations.
The grant is linked to Sami culture and language. Projects applying for grants must comply with the following:
The script grant is usually disbursed in two parts; 75% is paid when the grant recipient has accepted the conditions of the grant in writing, and 25% is paid after the project report for the grant has been approved by ISFI.
A grant for the script does not guarantee further support for production, but it is possible to apply for a grant for the same project later.
If ISFI provides further support to the project, the script grant is considered part of the overall grant.
The grant offer from ISFI is valid for three months after the offer has been made. If the grant recipient has not accepted the conditions of the grant within three months, the grant will be withdrawn without notice.
How much can you apply for:
There are no application deadlines for script grants and applications are processed continuously.
Application processing time is normally 6 weeks.
Complaints of ISFI decisions can be made to the Ministry of Culture in Norway.
There is no application deadline for scriptwriting scholarships and can be applied when needed.
If the grant is disbursed in two parts, you must report in time or apply for an extension.
The report shall be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with reference to the grant reference number.
Mandatory attachments in relation to the reporting
Missing report / Breach of guidelines
If the grant recipient breaches the guidelines or ISFI does not receive the report and financial accounting may be of significance to the allocation of future grants. The breach in this context means violating ISFI’s guidelines, if the grant is not used in accordance with the rules that are set for the grant, and/or failure to comply with decisions made by ISFI. In the event of a breach as mentioned above, ISFI may also choose to impose these sanctions: