The purpose for funding co-productions is to support feature films of high artistic quality and production value that may reach a national and international audience, as well as projects that can inspire and contribute to the development of skills in the film industry and thereby strengthen international collaboration.
The Danish Film Institute gives priority to co-productions that contribute to the overall objectives of cultural significance and diversity. The following aspects are weighted in the assessment of applications:
- the artistic quality of the project
- the collaboration between the international producer and the Danish co-producer
- the technical and creative collaboration
- the potential for screening at international festivals
- the potential for distribution in Denmark
- the possibility for contributing to a diverse film culture
The editorial board prioritizes projects that have artistic strength and a potential for being selected for A festivals, or projects which are foreseen as leading Nordic works capable of reaching a wide audience in Denmark.
In relation to the collaboration between the producers, the board considers previous co-productions and/or future projects and gives priority to a Danish creative and technical contribution that is instrumental in enhancing the quality of the project.
Which films can receive funding?
The Danish Film Institute can allocate funding for film projects where the Danish producer is not the main producer, up to a maximum of 60% of the Danish producer's share.
There must be Danish creative and technical participation in the production.
There must be a distribution deal for broadcast on national Danish television and/or theatrical distribution in Denmark.
The financing in the major co-producing country must be confirmed.
Examples of films supported under the Minor co-production scheme for feature films include 'The Worst Person in the World' (Joachim Trier), 'Triangle of Sadness (Ruben Östlund), 'The Innocents' (Eskil Vogt), 'Becoming Astrid' (Pernille Fischer Christensen) and 'Border' (Ali Abbasi).
Who can apply?
The application must be submitted by a Danish production company.
How is the application handled?
The application is handled by an editorial board consisting of Film Commissioners Lotte Svendsen and Kalle Bjerkø, Editor Flemming Kaspersen, Artistic Director of New Danish Screen Mette Damgaard-Sørensen and Head of International Noemi Ferrer Schwenk. Replies can be expected approx. four weeks after the Danish Film Institute has received the application.
How to apply?
Read how to apply for funding and find terms, application deadlines and contact information on this page.
Please note that applications can only be submitted by the Danish producer which is why the application form is available in Danish only. An English translation can be found on this page.