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Applications & Grants
1. General Information
- General Information
ISFI does not require any handling fee for applications. The application can either be sent electronically or by post.
The application, as well as the attachments, are to be written in Sámi. However, ISFI can in particular cases accept applications presented in other languages.
The applications are handled as they received by the centre. The handling period normally takes between 4–8 weeks.
When the film centre grants support, the applicant will receive a letter of support as well as a contract of support. The applicant is expected to sign the contract and return it to the centre.On signing the contract by the applicant, major changes to the project are not allowed, based on the support, unless a written notification presented to the ISFI is approved.
The application normally has to be sent before the beginning of the project.
ISFI puts priority to children and youth, as well as Sámi traditional knowledge film projects, and seeks to actively encourage the promotion of such films. If you have such project that you want to get funded, please contact ISFI.
2. General Requirements
- General Requirements and Information to Applicants
The applicant is entitled to ISFI support whenever the applicant, and his/her project, meet the general requirements for grant and the particular requirements that apply for the individual projects: see attachment. ISFI will assess the totality of the project on the basis of its artistic quality, and in addition, to the commitments as ruled out by the directives.
Consent of grant requires that the project promotes Sámi language and culture. On these grounds the projects seeking grant have to meet the following requirements:
- The project has to exclusively be framed in Sámi language
- The key roles of the project are to have Sámi backgrounds/origins; a minimum of two key roles, either producer, director or manuscript writer are to be Sámi linguistic and with a Sámi background
- The project theme is to be of Sámi character
- Projects that target children and youth will be prioritized
- The film is to be made in Sámi language
ISFI does not intend to support projects with a Sámi content without sufficient Sámi language or connection.
The Sámi requirement will be decided by the ISFI on the basis of a concrete and fair assessment for each project as a whole.
ISFI has the right to mention the projects that have received grants in all materials published by ISFI and on ISFI’s homepage. The projects can be mentioned both in ISFI’s work and in the company’s advertising programmes. ISFI is entitled to employ visual material in connection with its arrangements or in any function where ISFI participates, etc.
Grants provided by the ISFI according to these directives are considered as support, in that the receiver is not obliged to pay back unless there is a violation of the directives or the contract as agreed between the ISFI and the receiver.
If conditions on the basis for which the grant has been distributed or the grant contract changes considerably, or if the entitled essentially fails to fulfill its duties according to the directives or the grant contract, then ISFI has the right to immediately cancel the contract. In such cases ISFI has the right to demand the disbursed amount repaid.
If contracts are breached then ISFI’s board can impose the following sanctions:
Whenever any disbursed amount is demanded to be repaid then the interests will be decided on the basis of the law of delayed interests.
- Cancel grants to the entitled’s other projects
- Decide that the applicant should be given a quarantine period up to three years, during which the applicant would be denied grant
Types of Grants
ISFI’s objective of giving support for Sámi film projects and to film workers will have its grants distributed in the following way:
- Development of short fictions and documentaries.
- Development of manuscript writing of all genres.
- Development of Sámi film-producing companies
- Produce short fictions and documentaries
- Promote and market films through new medias
- Document traditional Sámi knowledge
- Observational classes in Nordic/Indigenous film productions
- Initiatives to raise film competence
- Children and youth initiatives
- ISFI co-production
- ISFI production
Feature means a film that has a minimum of 72 minutes screening time and that is produced for screening in ordinary cinema premieres and theatres.
Short Fiction means a film that has a maximum of 72 minutes screening time and that which is produced for screening in cinemas, on television and/or other medias.
Television documentary means a film that has a maximum of 72 minutes screening time and that is primarily produced for screening on television.
Television drama means productions or films or episodes to be screened on the television, either these are episodes with an end and as a part of a series, or a course of action divided into episodes.
3. Documentaries & Short Fictions
- Grant to Produce Documentaries and Short Fictions
With this grant arrangement for development and production of short fiction and documentaries, ISFI aims to grant support to professional film workers for production of film projects within the genres of fiction, documentary and animation in Sami language within the companies territorial jurisdiction.
ISFI is to coproduce with independent production companies and with national/international film companies to increase and ensure quality of Sami film productions and to increase film productions in the Sami area.
Requirements for Production Grant Applications
When applying for production support, the following information should be provided in the application package:
- Documentation to prove the organizational form of the applicant
- The background information about the production company, names and CVs of the participants including the executive producer, manuscript writer and the director
- The director’s note
- List of Workers and actors
- Budget written on an approved calculation formula
- Schedules of activities showing progress plan, recording plan and anticipated finishing date or premiere date
- Marketing strategy
- Financing plan
When ISFI consents grant the producer will receive a grant approval letter in which conditions for disbursement would be duly informed.
The grant receiver has to sign a contract formulated by ISFI, in order to enable ISFI make the payment. The grant contract addresses the following issues:
- The validity of the grant
- The Sami linguistic connection and participation Doarjaga máksin
- The requirements of the producer
- Execution of the project
- Screening and the handover of the material
- The credits
- The final revised accounts
- Violation of the contract
Payment of the Grant
The payment of the grant will be executed by installments as stated in the grant contract.
4. Travel Grant Guidelines
- Travel Grant Scholarship Guidelines
The travel grant scholarship can be handed to individuals, who are in their working life, working with film and video production trade in the Sami area. If one is temporarily residing outside of the Sami area then this should not be used as an argument to be denied any scholarship. ISFI will give preference to Sami linguistic applicants.
It is possible to apply for activities that will improve the competence level. The scholarship arrangements will not be granted for ordinary education. The scholarship grant cannot be employed to purchase instruments, or others that will qualify as production activity or preparation for such activity.The applicant is to make a simple budget on the employment of the scholarship grant, and a financing plan on the coverage of expenses, or to indicate other financiers are partly granting support to the travel. It is also required that the applicant himself/herself funds parts of the travel.
The applicants are obliged to write a short report a month after the travel and account for the employment of the scholarship with receipts.
If the aim of granted scholarship is of such character that ISFI observes a general benefit to others, a larger report might be required. This can then be displayed to others with interest.
5. Manuscript Support
- Manuscript Development Support Guidelines
ISFI may support production of manuscript, including the writing work and dramaturgic support. The aim of the manuscript support is to secure the manuscript with a highest possible level of quality. In addition, to make a foundation for the ISFI decision making process in a later possible application for development or production support, and/or investment in the film project.
The manuscript support can be given to a writer, a director who produces manuscripts, a producer or a group of these individuals. If the beneficiary is a producer, he/she is to present the contract made with the manuscript writers upon ISFI’s request. The support receiver is to present documentation on the use of the grant.
If the applicant intends to produce on the basis of a work with rights of origin, then the applicant, upon the application, is to present, in a trustable manner, documentation that the project does not violate anybody’s rights.Grant for manuscript is to be applied in writing using ISFI’s digital application form.
Half of the manuscript support is normally paid upon the written acceptance of the grant receiver. The remaining half of the support is paid by ISFI after they have approved the supported project.
Manuscript consent of grant does not imply further consent of grant to develop production and/or to invest in production. However, it is possible at a later stage to apply for further grant/investment for the project.
If ISFI further supports the project, then the granted manuscript support is considered as a part of the support in its entirety that is not obliged to be repaid.
ISFI’s support consent is prevailing for 6 months from the time consent is granted. Subsequently the support consent will no longer apply without further notice.
6. Coproduction & Development
The ISFI offers Sami film workers coproduction in connection with Sami film projects. ISFI has many possibilities in this regard and can adjust this to each project. ISFI observes a considerable demand to enhance and to raise the competence in Sami film productions, as Sami film producers are presently in demand
ISFI can support manuscript development, offer dramaturgic assistance and offer the project to other coproducers for finalizing.
ISFI offers productions to Sámi film workers who are unable to find producers.
ISFI can offer coproduction to interested Sámi film producers and through the coproduction support the project.
Sami film producers who are not in need for coproduction can apply for ordinary development and production grants from ISFI.
ISFI supports film manuscript and production development. In connection with film manuscript development, ISFI supports all genres. Also regarding film productions, ISFI supports documentary and short fiction productions development.Equipment
ISFI offers film equipment to film workers who need them, primarily for development and competence activities. The following options are available:
- Two cameras, sound and editing equipment can be borrowed by the film workers freely from ISFI, for instance to produce pilot projects and organize film classes.
- A filmbag that is offered for children and youth film courses.
- Filmwall – there is also a small film screening room where we screen other indigenous peoples as well as children and youth films.
Please contact ISFI for more information.
Production Development Grants for Documentaries and Short Fictions
In connection with film production, ISFI supports production development for documentaries and short fictions with grants.
Refer to the electronic application form for further requirements.