How to Co-produce with Denmark

What kind of funding is available in Denmark for co-productions, what are the requirements for applying? Here are a few straight answers.

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Icelandic-Danish co-production "Rams" by Grímur Hákonarson received the Un Certain Regard top award at Cannes Festival 2015. Photo: Sturla Brandth Grøvlen

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 three deadlines a year. DFI may support 5-9 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, 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.

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 400,000 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

Noemi Ferrer Schwenk coordinates the Danish Film Institute's work with international co-productions and is one of the key figures in the DFI's overall international activities.

Noemi Ferrer Schwenk
Head of International
Phone +45 5096 7411
noemis@dfi.dk

See lists of projects that have received minor co-production funding from the Danish Film Institute:
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2016
2015
2014
2013
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Contact

FILM FUNDING
Claus Ladegaard
Head of Department
Phone +45 3374 3433
clausl@dfi.dk 

FICTION
Marianne Moritzen
Head of Unit
Phone +45 3374 3451
mariannem@dfi.dk

DOCUMENTARY
Ane Mandrup
Head of Unit
Phone +45 3374 3449
Cell +45 2027 7872
anem@dfi.dk

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