The Danish Film Institute's festival activities aim to promote the artistic and commercial dissemination of Danish films abroad. The international department works with producers and sales agents to create the greatest possible visibility for the films at festivals, markets and other film events.
Funds are awarded chiefly to festival distribution of films and series, but also to film-related activities supporting the films’ international presence, including shared Nordic stands and special film promotions.
The DFI works with embassies to give audiences abroad the opportunity to see a wide range of new Danish features, documentaries and children’s films. This is done via the annual Embassy Film Package, a curated series of films that the embassies can use to organise local film events.
A central task of DFI's international efforts is supporting the participation of Danish production companies in international co-productions, particularly of features and documentaries. Funds are awarded via the DFI Minority Co-Production Scheme.
The DFI houses the Danish office of Creative Europe, which advises Danish filmmakers on EU funding in the film and media sector. The DFI moreover participates in Eurimages, the European Council’s co-production fund in Strasbourg, and advises on opportunities for obtaining Eurimages support.
The DFI puts a premium on strong Nordic and European collaboration, participating in networks like Scandinavian Films and European Film Promotion. At the film festivals in Berlin, Cannes and Toronto, the DFI shares a stand with the other Nordic film institutes, which may also include joint events and promotion.