Q: What kind of funding is available in Denmark for documentary co-productions?
A: The Danish Film Institute (DFI) can fund international co-productions of documentaries of any length plus short fiction and trans-media projects that have a non-Danish delegate producer.
Q: What is the purpose of supporting international co-productions?
A: The purpose of funding co-productions is to strengthen partnerships and creative exchange between Danish and international producers. DFI highly values the opportunities that co-producing can provide for the Danish industry (international financing, cultural and business exchange and distribution, etc.).
Q: How many projects can the DFI support?
A: The DFI may support 4-6 minors in short and documentary films a year.
Q: What are the requirements for applying for funding?
A: If you have a project you would like to co-produce with Denmark, the first step is to find a Danish co-producer. The Danish co-producer can then apply to the DFI. Also, there must be Danish creative or technical participation in the production plus a distribution deal for theatrical distribution in Denmark or broadcast on national Danish television or for another approved platform.
Q: When are the deadlines for applying?
A: There are three minor co-production submission deadlines per year. See more at dfi.dk/english under Funding.
Q: What amounts are we talking about?
A: Documentaries are typically subsidized with grants of up to 55,000 euros. However, there are no fixed budgets and no fixed maximum or minimum grants. Each project is evaluated individually.
Q: How do I find a Danish co-producer?
A: These are good places to start: Our online trade directory DFI-Bogen contains contact info on people, companies and institutions in the Danish film industry. You can find the directory in an English version: dfibogen.dk/english. Also try Filmkontakt Nord who promote international networking in documentary and short filmmaking. The office can give you an idea as to whom it might be interesting to contact: filmkontakt.com. Finally, MEDIA Desk Denmark offers general guidance about the Danish film, TV and game industry. The MEDIA Desk has a large Danish and international network and can mediate contacts to co-production partners: mediadeskdenmark.eu.
See more at dfi.dk/english under Funding.