About the International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI)
The International Sámi Film Institute is dedicated to providing Sámi people with the skills and economic opportunities in developing, producing, and distributing Sámi films in the Sámi language. In addition, the ISFI is an institute for promoting cooperation and encouraging productions with other indigenous filmmakers and organisations internationally.
International Sámi Film Centre AS was founded in 2007 in Guovdageaidnu (Kautokeino), Norway. The initial capital was 1.5 million NOK provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture for film activities, and an additional 300.000 NOK from the Norwegian Sámi Parliament.
During the autumn of 2014, International Sámi Filmcenter has been reorganized to International Sámi Film Institute. The restructuring is a step closer to the goals and duties ISFI has. Since we have a national and international status from the Norwegian government, we can not operate as a regional center, thereby the change of name from center to institute. We hope that this restructuring will bring forth a stronger legislation toward Sámi film in all countries that Sámi people inhabit.
The vision of ISFI is to provide the Sámi population with competence and a better economic foundation to develop, produce and screen their own films in the Sámi language.
The International Sámi Film Institute is for all professional film workers all over the Sámi area both in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
The film projects are to be primarily produced in the Sámi language.
The aims of the International Sámi Film Institute are:
• To enhance and promote Sami film production;
• To support the development and the production of Sámi films; documentaries, fiction and animation in the official Sámi areas;
• To promote indigenous films and cooperation between indigenous film workers at a global level;
• To enhance and promote films in Sámi language and films for Sámi youth and children.
5 year plan 2015–2020:
ISFI intends to develop, support and co-produce on a yearly basis with the following targets:
• At least one TV series/fiction film
• 4 Sámi documentaries
• 4 Sámi short fictions
• Minimum of two Sámi children/youth films
• Documentation of traditional knowledge is a regular activity
• Ensure that the Sámi film production companies have thriving conditions
Buletjávri (Bulet lake) is a former wedding and socializing place in Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino. It is also the location for the famous Easter reindeer races. It is a short distance from Beahcegašvárri that is a popular recreational area and holds both ski and snowmobile tracks.
Buletjávri is a short trip from Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino centre and is located high up in the terrain at the banks of Bulet lake in the middle of spectacular natural scenery, thus making Buletjávri an ideal location for creativity and meetings. Today ISFI is located at Buletjávri.
Bulet refers to weight measurement unit of fish. One bulet is three times nelohat (equivalent to 60 kg). The word bulet also implies traditional management, indicating the maximum fishing harvest at those places with that name.
In Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino area whitefish is the only species that is huge enough to allow fishing at a bulet scale. Buletjávri or Bulet lake does not hold whitefish today, however the name indicates that whitefish most likely once have been residing in the Bulet lake.