Minor Co-productions – documentaries and short fiction

'Miraklet i Gullspång' by Maria Frederiksson is produced by Ballad Film (Sweden) and Good Company Pisctures (Denmark) with support from the Danish Film Institute. Photo: Pia Letho
The Danish Film Institute can fund the international co-production of documentaries of any length, short fiction and transmedia films/projects that have a non-Danish delegate producer. There are three co-production submission deadlines per year.

The purpose of funding co-productions is to strengthen partnerships and creative exchange between Danish and international producers.

We encourage these partnerships, as we highly value the opportunities that co-production can provide for the Danish industry, including international financing, cultural and business exchange as well as distribution.

Which films can recieve funding?

The Danish Film Institute can fund 5-7 minor documentary or short fiction co-productions per year with a total annual budget of 335,750 euros (2.5m DKK). 

Requirements for applying:

  • The application must be submitted by a Danish production company.
  • There must be Danish creative or technical participation in the production.
  • There must be a confirmed deal for theatrical distribution in Denmark, for Danish broadcast or for other national distribution, e.g. digital, aimed at a Danish audience.
  • The international majority producer must be able to present agreements that confirm national funding, since the Danish co-production funding is given as top financing.

How is the application handled? 

Applications must be addressed directly to one of the three film commissioners. Together with the Danish Film Institute producers and Head of Documentaries, they will evaluate the application. The 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
  • the distribution potential

You will receive our response to your application within a month from submission deadline. In the event that your project is not chosen for co-production support, you can resubmit the same project only if the Danish Film Institute assesses that it has undergone substantial changes. 

Who can apply?

Only the project's Danish producer can apply, which is why the information on application only is  available in Danish. You can find information regarding application on the Danish page for minor co-productions. 


2024 (Online application)
12 March at 12.00 noon CET
13 August af 12.00 noon CET
29 October at 12.00 noon CET


Ane Mandrup
Head of Documentaries
Tel. +45 2027 7872 

Søren Tarp
Tel. +45 5099 8422

Ditte Drehn
Project Coordinator
Tel. +45 3374 3537