Through its grant scheme for the production of short films, documentaries, feature films, and series, International Sámi Film Institute aims to provide funding support for professional filmmakers. The production grant aims to secure the best possible quality of the film project.
The purpose of the International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI) is to preserve and promote the Sami film industry. ISFI seek to achieve this by, among other things, provide grants for film development and production, in all genres, and also platform-neutral formats.
The grant is given to stimulate awareness of Sami film and to strengthen professional knowledge of Sami film both among the population and in the film industry.
ISFI shall promote indigenous film and collaboration between different indigenous film communities globally. The aim of promoting Sami film must first and foremost be based on a cultural context and value, and not on the Samis’ belonging to different States. Sami language is the most important condition emphasized by ISFI in the assessment of what constitutes a Sami film. The aim is to ensure the Sami film audience a good film offer in their own language, based on their own culture.
Priority is given to activities that include children and young people.
Applicants for the production grant must be a Sami production company.
Central roles in the project must be held by Sami; in that either the producer or co-producer, and director or script writer define themselves as Sami or are speak Sami.
In order to apply for a production grant from ISFI, it is a requirement that the Sami producer or co-producer submits the application.
The Sami community has a particular need to strengthen the Sami film industry. This requirement shall ensure the Sami ownership of Sami films and build up the Sami production companies.
Production grants can be offered to limited liability companies (AS, AB, Oy) or sole proprietorships if the application is below NOK 300 000.
In order to receive a grant from ISFI, the applicant must fulfil ISFI’s application criteria. ISFI makes an overall assessment of the project on the basis of the project’s artistic quality 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 production grant from ISFI is a public grant.
The production 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.
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.
The following information must be included in the application for the production grant:
Application processing time is normally 6 weeks.
Complaints of ISFI decisions can be made to the Ministry of Culture in Norway.
Application deadlines are February 1st, May 1st, September 1st and December 1st.
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: