How to co-produce with Denmark

Amanda Kernell's 'Charter' is a co-production between Sweden and Denmark. Photo: Nordisk Film
What kind of funding is available in Denmark for co-productions, and what are the requirements for applying? Here are a few straight answers.

Q: What kind of funding is available in Denmark for co-productions?

A: The Danish Film Institute has minor-coproduction schemes for feature fiction and animation films with three annual deadlines and for short and documentary films with three deadlines a year. The Danish Film Institute may support 5-9 minor feature co-productions and 4-6 minors 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 at the Danish Film Institute. Also, there must be Danish creative or technical participation in the production plus a distribution deal for theatrical release in Denmark, a broadcast deal on Danish television or other national distribution, e.g. digital, aimed at a Danish audience. Note that the financing in the major co-producing country must be confirmed with letters of intent including amounts.

Q: How do I find a Danish co-producer?

A: These are good places to start: The Danish Film Institute's online trade directory DFI-Bogen contains contact info on people, companies and institutions in the Danish film industry. The directory exists only in a Danish version.

Also, check the annual Facts & Figures brochure to see which minor co-productions were supported in previous years and which producers have been active internationally.

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 relevant to contact.

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.

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 subsidised with grants of up to 400,000 euros. The overall budget for minor features is 1.6 million euros per year.

Q: What about regional film funds – how do they work?

A: There are currently two operative Danish regional film funds:

The West Danish Film Fund in Denmark’s second largest city of Aarhus invests in co-productions that have a Danish artistic or technical participation with a connection to the region.

FilmFyn invests in national and international film and TV productions that provide business and exposure to South Funen.

List of projects

See which projects have received minor co-production funding from the Danish Film Institute:

Note: These lists are in Danish only, located on the Danish section of the website.

Contact

Christian Juhl Lemche 
Consultant, feature films
Tel. +45 2148 8522
christianjl@dfi.dk

Ane Mandrup
International producer, short and documentary films
Tel. +45 2027 7872
anem@dfi.dk