Finland woos filmmakers with cash rebate campaign

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by Mark Johnson

Filmmakers looking to shoot their latest movies or TV shows in Finland could get the red carpet treatment thanks to a new campaign by the nation’s economic department.

Business Finland is looking to draw leading movie makers to stunning Finland with a 25% cash rebate for production costs.

The incentive is designed to showcase Finland’s dramatic and unspoilt natural landscapes and urban environment to increase international interest in it as a production location and promote the development, growth and internationalisation of Finnish companies.

The move comes on the back of the rise in ‘nordic noir’, with movies, TV shows, dramas and documentaries being filmed across northern Europe.

“Filmmakers will find Finland ready to open its doors and roll out the red carpet to help fund their production costs with a generous 25 per cent cash rebate”, said Hetta Huittinen, Head of International Media and PR, Business Finland.

“We have astonishing and unspoilt natural landscapes which make the perfect location for films, TV shows and documentaries with a highly-skilled workforce able to lend their expertise to incoming production teams.

“We look forward to receiving submissions from Finnish and foreign production companies and welcoming them to Finland to feature our remarkable country across a range of media channels for audiences worldwide.”

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Under the new scheme, the eligible funding include costs incurred from the production of an audiovisual project, including from pre- to post-production in Finland. 

Business Finland will pay the disbursement based on the actual costs. Payments are also possible during the production.

Finnish and foreign production companies can apply, as well as other audiovisual companies selected to produce part of the production that are entitled to immaterial property rights.

Business Finland will fund feature films, documentary films, serial fiction and animation productions. However, an application for funding can only be made when 60% of the funding is confirmed and all required documents can be submitted.

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