How to co-produce with Denmark

Becoming Astrid
Swedish-Danish-German co-production 'Becoming Astrid' by Pernille Fischer Christensen. Photo: Erik Molberg Hansen
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 deadlines a year, and for short and documentary films with three deadlines a year. The 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  or, for documentaries, other national distribution, e.g. digital, aimed at a Danish audience. Note as well that the financing in the major co-producing country must be confirmed with letters of intent with amounts. There are three application deadlines a year.

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

A: These are good places to start: The DFI's 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 (coming soon).

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 interesting 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. 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 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.

Copenhagen Film Fund mainly invests in Danish major or minor co-productions, in TV series and, in exceptional cases, documentaries. Focus is on productions wholly or partly shot in the Capital region. Read more about the regional film funds.

List of projects

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

Feature films

Short and documentary films

Note: these lists are located on the Danish version of the website. For short and documentary films, lists are in Danish only.

Contact

Noemi Ferrer Schwenk
International producer, feature films
Tel. +45 5096 7411 
noemis@dfi.dk

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