Below is a brief introduction to all our forms of support listed in alphabetical order. At the end of the list we also present our various forms of project support.
For additional information, see Support Guidelines. They are worth reading before completing your application!
Audiovisual culture support
We grant support for culturally significant audiovisual festivals, events, and other important forms of audiovisual culture.
CreaDemo grants are intended for projects developing the creative industries and cultural entrepreneurship. They are awarded to companies, professionals, or organisations engaged in professional business with product development projects seeking new products or service innovations for the creative industries. Grants may be awarded for the production of a demo, pilot, prototype, or concept design. This appropriation is based on the Ministry of Education and Culture government transfer to AVEK.
CreMa grants are intended for the launch of creative industries pilot projects in co-operation with the manufacturing, service and other industries. CreMa funding supports projects developing new products, services or operation models, as well as enhancing cooperation between different industries. Especial attention is given to combining creative skills with the more traditional business skills in order to create new businesses and foster creative industries entrepreneurialism. The Ministry of Education and Culture government transfer to AVEK funds this appropriation.
We grant support for audiovisual production companies (registered Finnish societies) for the development costs of a documentary film, short film, or media art production. Support can be applied for e.g. script development, preliminary research and filming, and to secure financing.
DigiDemo is product development support intended for the development of new audiovisual or other cultural content and their narrative forms. It may be granted for manufacturing a demo, the pilot episode of a serialised programme, or for concept design. Grants will be awarded from the state subsidy intended for the implementation of the DigiDemo programme granted to AVEK by the Ministry of Culture and Education.
Media art grant
A personal grant for a private individual or a working group. It is aimed at professional artists for the production of small-scale media art. The grant is always work-specific. The applicant must have a Finnish social security number.
Post production support
For compelling reasons, we grant support for an audiovisual production company (registered Finnish society) for the completion of a specific work. The support is meant for documentary film, short film, or media art productions.
We grant support for audiovisual production companies (registered Finnish societies) to cover the actual production costs of a documentary film, short film, or media art. International minority co-production support for the Finnish co-producer can be granted as production or post production support.
We award grants for private individuals or working groups as personal grants for writing the script for a documentary film, short film, or media art. The applicant must be an audiovisual industry professional and have a Finnish social security number.
Support for international promotion
The purpose of this support is to endorse international promotion and networking of Finnish professionals, organizations, works and productions. On a case-by-case basis, we may grant support to an international audiovisual operator for the development of the audiovisual industry.
Training and course support
We provide training support as personal grants for professionals working in the audiovisual industry for their further education or research work. Course support can be awarded for a group, organisations, or other bodies organising courses and training events aimed at the audiovisual industry.
The aim of StepDemo support is to induce the young to employ their cultural knowledge and skills in order to create added value and new perspectives to the creative economy. It can be granted as either concept support or demo support to persons under the age of 29 in the games & music scene. This support is based on the subsidy granted to AVEK by the Ministry of Culture and Education.
Support for impact work of documentaries
This form of support may be granted to a company (registered Finnish society) engaged in audiovisual production. It is used to develop an impact campaign around a documentary film to cultivate social discussion and the impact work operating culture, and to create networks connecting different operators. Application periods and support guidelines will be announced separately.
Twelve innovative product and service ideas will be selected on application basis for the AVEK LIFT Pitch pitching contest. The pitching contest will be held in English with an international jury. The selectees will participate in pitching training and in the contest finals as part of the LIFT – New Dimensions of Media, Arts and Culture event. The best pitchers will win awards.
Mediarata – media art development support
Development support for media art production companies and production culture. It may be granted to audiovisual production companies (registered Finnish societies) with at least two works of media art under development or in production. Application period will be announced once a year. The support is based on the Ministry of Education and Culture special appropriation.
Support may be granted to a professional scriptwriter or scriptwriting working group as a scriptwriting grant. The grant is intended for the development of scripts for serialised dramas utilizing the potential of online distribution. Application periods and support guidelines will be announced separately.