Q: What kind of funding is available in Denmark for co-productions?
A: The Danish Film Institute (DFI) has minor-coproduction schemes for feature fiction and animation films with three deadlines a year, and for short and documentary films with two deadlines a year. DFI may support 6-9 minor co-productions in feature films and 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. There are three application deadlines a year.
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, check our annual Facts & Figures brochure to see which minor co-productions were supported in previous years and which producers have been active internationally: dfi.dk/facts.
In the case of documentary films, 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, Creative Europe Desk Denmark offers general guidance about the Danish film, TV and game industry. The Creative Europe Desk has a large Danish and international network and can mediate contacts to co-production partners: Creative Europe Desk Denmark.
Q: How will the project be evaluated?
A: The project evaluation is based on the following aspects: artistic qualities, the creative and financial collaboration between the Danish and international producer, including previous collaborations and future plans, the Danish share of the creative and technical collaboration, and the distribution potential.
Q: Which amounts are we talking about?
A: Features are typically subsidized with grants of up to 335,000 euros. The overall budget for minor features is 1.6 million euros per year. The DFI is able to allocate funding up to a maximum of 60% of the Danish spend. For shorts and documentaries, there are no fixed budgets.
Q: What about regional film funds – how do they work?
A: There are three regional funds in Denmark:
The West Danish Film Fund in Denmark’s second largest city of Aarhus supports and invests in co-productions that have a Danish artistic or technical participation with a connection to the region. A recent example of a minor co-production is the Irish-Danish Song of the Sea (in production), co-produced with the Danish company Nørlum.
FilmFyn invests in national and international film and TV productions that provide business and exposure to South Funen. A recent minor co-production is Swedish-Norwegian-Danish-German-Dutch Simon and the Oaks, co-produced by Asta Film.
Finally, the new Copenhagen Film Fund is now up and running. The fund will mainly be supporting major co-productions, TV series and, in exceptional cases, documentaries.
Contact Our International Producer
Noemi Ferrer Schwenk coordinates the Danish Film Institute’s work with international co-productions and is one of the key figures in the Film Institute’s overall international activities.
Noemi Ferrer Schwenk
Phone +45 5096 7411
Introducing new titles with co-production support from the Danish Film Institute:
A happy Swedish family is spending some days at a French ski resort when they witness a seemingly life-threatening avalanche. Panicked, the father flees, leaving his wife and two children behind. The event leads to extreme tension, threatening to shatter the trust in the small family.
Director: Ruben Östlund
Production: Plattform Produktion (Sweden)
Danish co-producer: Katja Adomeit for Coproduction Office
Song of the Sea
Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city after their mother disappears. They resolve to return to their home by the sea and their journey becomes a race against time as they are drawn into a world, Ben knows only from his mother’s folktales.
Director: Tomm Moore
Production: Cartoon Saloon (Ireland)
Danish co-producer: Claus Toksvig Kjær, Frederik Villumsen for Nørlum
Tzvia lives with her husband and children in the Jewish cemetery on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives. Tzvia’s life is a routine of housework, but one night, she leaves the house and strolls the cemetery where she is exposed to events that evoke her suppressed desires.
Director: Yaelle Kayam
Production: July August Production (Israel)
Danish co-producer: Riina Spørring Zachariassen for Windelov/Lassen
The Yes Men Are Revolting
An intimate look at the revolutionary and eccentric figures Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno – better known as The Yes Men – who, while struggling with midlife crises and their deteriorating friendship, are fighting enemies of the planet with their most ambitious actions to date.
Director: Laura Nix and the Yes Men
Production: Human Race (USA)
Danish co-producer: Ole Tornbjerg for Chili Film