Filminvest is a regional film fund that supports and invests in development and production of feature films, television drama and games associated with the regions Trøndelag, Hedmark og Oppland.
Filminvest AS was established in 2016 as a merger between Filminvest Midt-Norge and Film3, with the aim of providing opportunities for production of feature films, drama-series and games in the Trøndelag, Oppland and Hedmark counties. Right from the start the film fund has participated in developing and producing a number of projects with strong ties to the region. Filminvest is a member of Filmreg and Cine-Regio.
Filminvest is a regional film fund that supports and invests in development and production of feature films, television drama and games. The projects must be associated with the region.
Filminvest AS receives approximately € 600 000 annually from the Ministry of Culture. This funding is allocated as non-recoupable grants to audiovisual productions with significant regional spending. International co-productions with a Norwegian minority producer are eligible to apply for funding.
Filminvest AS also have an investment fund of approximately € 2,5 million. The fund provides top financing, with a maximum investment per project of approximately € 200 000. Foreign producers must have a regional co-producer in order to be eligible for investments from Filminvest. The fund usually requests to recoup at 1st position, and the project must have a regional spend of minimum 160%.
Soft money and investments from the regional fund can be combined with co-production support or the cash rebate/incentive scheme from the Norwegian Film Institute, but not both. The incentive scheme requires a minimum spend of NOK 2 million in Norway, with a cash rebate of up to 25%.
HOW TO APPLY
Foreign producers must have a co-production agreement with a regional producer to be eligible for support and investments. Applications must be submitted by the regional co-producer. The Norwegian production company must have audiovisual production as its main purpose. The fund offers various support and funding for audiovisual production an applicants are processed continuously. In the case of investments, the fund gives priority to commercially oriented projects with potential of a high audience turnout and economic returns. Applications must include a project description, budget and finance plan. Applications for investments also require a final manuscript, an overview of regional spending, number of days on location in the region and use of regional film workers and staff.
«Filminvest, as a member of Green Regio, the sub-group for Green Filming of Cine Regio, hereby present the groups joint statement, the Cine Regio Green manifesto:
With this statement, the supporting institutions wish to contribute to the awareness of Green Filming, enhancing sustainable and climate friendly measures in film and television production and its funding.
Many professionals working in film and TV are concerned with environment and climate friendly production. There is, on occasion, uncertainty as to whether higher costs connected with sustainable production can be included in production budgets and might be eligible for public sector funding. As a matter of fact, Green Filming does not necessarily result in higher costs. Furthermore, innovation and advanced technology allow productions to work in an increasingly resource friendly and cost effective way.
However, if additional costs do arise through environmentally friendly filming, these costs should be eligible as part of the production budget. The Green Regio members recognise approaches to sustainable production and their associated costs and confirm their eligibility for public funding.
It is our declared goal to visibly promote sustainable policies and means and make them achievable for the film and television industry and its funding agencies».