All applications are submitted via an online application system. The link to the system is on the AVEK website. First register 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.
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 application deadlines.
CreaDemo, CreMa and DigiDemo grants can be applied continually but decisions are only made twice a year. For additional information, see application deadlines.
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 involvement and guaranteed distribution in Finland. AVEK grants support 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.
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 4−6 week processing time, but it may also be longer. Timetable for Production support decision also depends on securing total financing for the project.
Processing times for Training and Course support, Support for international promotion and Support for audiovisual culture applications may be longer because the decisions are tied to decision-making meetings. 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 the evaluation.
You can supplement your application afterwards by submitting additional information, e.g. a new version of the script, an updated budget and a financing plan, or a demo. Additional annexes should be sent by e-mail to avek(at)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.
Yes, if the reporting time for the support has not expired. If the reporting time has expired, you must submit the report before you can apply for new support for any project, regardless of the type of support.
In other words, if you have applied for support for example for international promotion and the deadline for its report has expired, your new application for any type of support will not be processed until the overdue report has been approved.
You may apply for new support for the same production, but all previous support applying to the same production must be reported before the new support can be paid.
You may apply for extra time for an overdue report. You can do this by contacting the commissioners or sending an explanation on the delay and a new schedule to email@example.com.
All reports can be submitted via the AVEK application system.
The following can be accepted as production self-financing:
- a reasonable amount of fees transferred from the owner-producer or the people with main artistic responsibility
- bank guarantees
- unrestricted equity in accordance with the financial statements
- the use of own equipment, valued at no more than 60% of the commercial rental price of equivalent equipment
You need to supply signed contracts and a production liquidity plan for the transfer of fees, a list of equipment for the use of own equipment and an accountant’s statement for the use of equity.
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)kopiosto.fi or telephone +358 (0)9 4315 2350.
DigiDemo, CreaDemo, Crema
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)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 and CreaDemo 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.