Tor Sara, Chairman of the board. Tor Sara is the owners representative in the Board.
Anders S. Buljo is the deputy chairman of the board and represents the owner – Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino municipality.
Gunn Britt Retter is a member of the board and is appointed by the co-owner, the Sámi parliament.
Anne Kirste Aikio works as Regional artist for sami culture in Arts Promotion Centre in Finland and is also director of Indigenous Peoples’ Film Festival Skabmagovat.
Oskar Östergren is a member of the board and represents the Sámi Filmworkers Association.
Deputy Members of the Board
Isak Mathis Buljo
International Sámi Film Institute is owned by Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino municipality. The present owner has invited the Sámi parliaments of Norway, Sweden and Finland to share the ownership of ISFI in order to secure the basic funding. This issue has also been raised at the Sámi Parliamentary Council and they are positive.
However, there are some legal challenges both on the Finnish and the Swedish sides being clarified at the moment.
The Norwegian Ministry of Culture fully funds the film activities of ISFI. ISFI works in line with policies of the Ministry of Culture and has achieved international and national status. Otherwise there are ISFI projects that are funded from other financiers.
Statutes – Preamble
§ 1 Preamble
The International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI) works to support and develop film production in the field of moving images for the Sámi languages and Sámi culture. The institute also works to inform and enlighten the public about moving images as a form of artistic expression. The institute shall carry out other activities related to such work.
The International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI) shall also evaluate production conditions where Sámi film production is concerned and establish measures to improve such conditions.
The institute also aims to enhance professional competence in the field of moving images and shall work to promote films made and produced by indigenous peoples and cooperate with film environments around the world among indigenous peoples.
The International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI) will also work to support and promote Sámi film production and the Sámi film industry in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
The International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI) shall work to establish, administrate and manage the Filbmagiisá Film Fund. This fund is dedicated to developing and financing film projects and productions in the Sámi languages and Sámi culture, as well as developing moving images as a cultural product and as cultural value in itself.