Since 1972, the Danish Film Institute (DFI) has administered the national film act. In 1982 the act was revised, stipulating that at least 25% of government funding for film production must be allocated to films for children and young people.
DFI has appointed two film commissioners to select films of artistic merit for government support; one commissioner for feature films, the other for short fiction and documentary. Television stations, Nordic film institutes and various trusts and foundations contribute towards the costs incurred in making the films.
The film commissioner scheme is supplemented by another subsidy measure: Market scheme, where DFI can support feature films of a more commercial nature.
DFI handles the distribution of DFI-supported short fiction and documentaries on non-commercial terms. Feature films are distributed through various commercial distributors in Denmark.