Public bodies supporting Norwegian film production

An overview of organizations that provide support for film development and production in Norway:

Norwegian Film Fund
The Norwegian Film Fund was established on 1 July 2001. The fund administers the state grant schemes for the production of films, television series and interactive productions, and serves in an advisory capacity to the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs on film policy. The fund also organizes activities associated with Eurimages and Media Desk Norway. The fund’s efforts are primarily targeted towards independent production companies.

In addition to direct production support schemes, the film fund administers seven different production grant schemes:

  • Feature-length films (according to consultant evaluation), including project development, production and release
  • Feature-length films (according to market evaluation) including production and release
  • International minority co-productions
  • Short film, including project development and production
  • Television series, including project development and production
  • Interactive productions (project development only)
  • Post-release funding in proportion to ticket sales

For 2006, the grant schemes for film and television production under the Norwegian Film Fund total NOK 270 million.

Norwegian Film Development
Norwegian Film Development is works to enhance the development of the Norwegian film industry. Norwegian Film Development provides further educational opportunities for professional film workers, aimed at improving their understanding of cinematic expression and increasing their insight into developments in the visual-media sphere. The programmes offered have a theoretical as well as a practical basis.

Support schemes:

  • Feature-length film: Annual distribution of some NOK 3.6 million (approx. EUR 450 000) for the development and adaptation of long film manuscripts in any stage of progress.
  • Short film (all genres and formats): Assistance in developing ideas, manuscripts and projects to the point of gaining a producer and applying for other forms of support.

Audio and Video Fund
The Audio and Video Fund was established to compensate rights-holders of audio and video recordings that are legally copied for private use, and to promote both the production and availability of audio and video recordings. Allocations to the fund are made by the Storting (Norwegian national assembly) and administered by the Ministry of Finance.

Regional Film Centres
Norway has four publicly administered film centres: the North Norwegian Film Centre, the West Norwegian Film Centre, Film3 and the Central Norwegian Film Centre.

The North Norwegian Film Centre was established in 1979. A joint stock company, owned by Nordland, Troms and Finnmark counties and the municipality of Nordkapp, the centre administers state film production funds and specifically provides support for short films and documentaries as well as project development. It also provides professional assistance and guidance to the production community in northern Norway and has a special responsibility for the development of Saami film activities.

The West Norwegian Film Centre was founded in 1994, and is a joint stock company owned by the city of Bergen and Hordaland County. The centre administers state film production funds and specifically provides support for short and documentary films as well as project development. It provides professional assistance and guidance to the western Norwegian production community and manages a special fund established by the city of Bergen with earmarked allocations for manuscript development and other projects associated with full-length cinema films.

Film3 was established in 2001 and is owned by the municipalities of Lillehammer, Gausdal and Øyer in collaboration with Oppland and Hedmark counties and Lillehammer Kunnskapspark (the Lillehammer Knowledge Park). Film3 focuses on three priority areas: film, funding and facilitation. The company targets young filmmakers, digital technologies and the utilization of local expertise, and works to establish strong Nordic and international alliances. Film3 also works to create a framework that will facilitate Norwegian and foreign filmmaking activities in the region.

The Central Norwegian Film Centre was established in the spring of 2005 and is owned by North and South Trøndelag counties with Trondheim municipality. The centre allocated its first grants in October 2005, and administers funds for film development and production in central Norway. It also works to promote professional and artistic development of local film production.

New film centres are currently being launched in Målselv, Kristiansand, Stavanger and Fredrikstad. While each of these has its own funding sources and administrative organization, all are designed to increase film production in their regions in keeping with the local cultural and commercial framework. 

Norwegian Film Commission
The Norwegian Film Commission is an autonomous, national foundation whose purpose is to encourage production of international films in Norway. It was established in 2002, and has its headquarters in Bergen.


Last 30 years 1973 1983 1993 2003
Norwegian film premieres 12 8 10 18
Norwegian film attendance (millions) 1.7 1.9 1.0 2.2
Norwegian film market share 9.60 % 4.00 % 9.40 % 18.20 %
Last 7 years 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Norwegian film premieres 11 9 8 15 18 18 20
Norwegian film attendance (millions) 1 0.7 1.8 0.9 2.4 1.8 1.4
Norwegian film market share of total attendance 8.80% 6.10% 14.90% 7.50% 18.20% 14.86% 12.11%

Source: Film&Kino 2005

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Nicolai Cleve Broch in "Buddy" (director: Morten Tyldum, 2003)Photo courtesy of the Norwegian film institute

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