Applications are submitted via an online application system. The link to the system is on the AVEK website. Register first in the system as an applicant, then you can apply for support. Private individuals or production companies (registered Finnish societies) may apply for support. The online system will provide you with additional instructions.
Support for a course event, international promotion, and other audiovisual culture is applied for with a free-form application submitted to AVEK.
Applications will be processed without application periods.
Applications for training grants, courses or training events, international promotions and other audiovisual culture must be submitted to AVEK before the training, event or trip begins. Grant decisions are made at decision-making meetings. For additional information, see Support guidelines.
DigiDemo, CreaDemo, StepDemo and Mediarata have application deadlines. They can be found on the AVEK website. For more detailed instructions, see Support guidelines.
Private individuals can apply for grants, e.g. scriptwriting, media art, and training grants. If the applicant’s film/work of art has been invited to an international event, one can apply for support for international promotion. The applicant must have a Finnish social security number.
Production companies (registered Finnish societies) with audiovisual production (film, media, TV, etc.) in its line of business. The company must be obliged to the keeping of records. Production support includes development support, production support, and post production support.
Production should have a Finnish co-producer as a minor co-producer. Finnish producer makes an application to AVEK and is also in charge of reporting the fund. Film should have a Finnish artistic involment and garanteed distribution in Finland. AVEK grants support for production and/or post production of film.
Sole proprietors and cooperatives can apply for production support. The applicant must be registered in Finland with audiovisual production (film, media, TV, etc.) in its line of business. The applicant must be obliged to the keeping of records. Production support includes development support, production support, and post production support.
You can apply for support for several works at the same time. You may not apply for several different forms of support for the same work/production at the same time. The applicant must decide which project to promote and not to impose the choice on the Production Consultant.
DigiDemo funding can be granted for the creation of the concept and the pilot episode for the production of a series.
Post production support is granted on a discretionary basis, and only for compelling reasons. The decision is always production-specific, based on an assessment of artistic content and production values. The production must have other confirmed financing and confirmed domestic nationwide professional distribution. The AVEK support will not cover all post production costs. Self-financed productions will not receive post production support.
You can proceed with the work/production at your own risk before the decision is made.
Application processing time depends on the number of applications received. We aim at a 6-8 week processing time, but it may also be longer. Processing time for Training support and Support for international promotion applications may be longer. Timetable for Production support decision also depends on securing total financing for the project.
DigiDemo and CreaDemo/Crema decision timetables are tied to the application periods. For additional information see Support guidelines.
You can resubmit a refused application if the work/production has substantially evolved from the previous application. The Production consultant will do evaluation.
You can supplement your application afterwards by submitting additional information, e.g. a new version of the script, an updated budget and financing plan, or a demo. Additional annexes should be sent by e-mail to avek(at)avek.kopiosto.fi.
Scriptwriting support is accounted for by submitting the script to the online application system. Financial reports are not required. You can annex other voluntary material such as the scriptwriter’s word.
The various forms of production support are accounted for according to the purpose stated in the support application. For additional information, see Support guidelines. The final installment of the support will be paid when AVEK has approved the final report.
Media art grant is a personal grant for private individuals, intended for the production of small-scale works of media art. The grant is always work-specific.
Training grant is a personal grant for private individuals. It can be given to a professional working in the audiovisual industry for further education either in Finland or abroad. Training grant applications must be submitted before the start of the training. Training grants will not be given to students, or for basic audiovisual education.
Support for international promotion can be granted for filmmakers, media artists and/or producers e.g. for travelling to international festivals or financing forums, and discretionarily for the production of international promotion material. Free-form applications for the support are to be submitted before the start of the trip or event.
Contact the AVEK offices avek(at)avek.kopiosto.fi or telephone +358 (0)9 4315 2350.
DigiDemo, CreaDemo, Crema, StepDemo
Demo and Pilot supports are support forms meant for businesses, and the applicant must be registered on the online application system as a company. Concept support can also be granted to private individuals. If the applicant applies for Concept support as a private individual and Demo support for a company, a separate user ID must be created for both.
The project must have a title before you can proceed on the online application system. You can change the title later.
Contact the AVEK offices avek(at)avek.kopiosto.fi or telephone +358 (09) 4315 2350.
In case of technical problems your application will still be accepted on the next business day.
DigiDemo, CreaDemo and StepDemo project schedules will be agreed on when the contract is drawn up. A project is usually completed within 6-12 months.
All previous support decisions can be viewed here on the Finnish AVEK website.
This is mainly to ensure that the production company will be able to be responsible for the production and complete it as planned.
We recommend a direct contact with the Tax Administration in all tax matters.