Finland

Funding bodies

Fund Goal

The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe supports the EU film and audiovisual industries financially in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. It helps to launch projects with a European dimension and nurtures new technologies; it enables European films and audiovisual works including...

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Fund Goal

To promote film and TV productions of high quality in the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden)

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To encourage co-operation between professionals working in different countries by providing financial support to European co-productions.

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Fund Goal

AVEK is: 1) a promoter of independent audiovisual productions focusing on documentary films, short films and short animations; 2) the most significant promoter of media art in Finland with a budget of approximately 400 000 €; 3) the support of further education of professionals on audiovisual fields,...

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Fund Goal

To promote high quality, versatile and unique Finnish Film

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The production incentive is a 25% cash rebate for production costs in Finland. This is intended to increase international interest in Finland as a production location and to promote the development, growth, and internationalization of Finnish companies.

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Regulation

For a short stay (up to 3 months) visas are not required for the citizens of the following countries: EU and Schengen countries, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Republic Of Korea, liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, new Zealand, nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay, Vatican and Venezuela.
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Working in Finland EU citizens and citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland can freely work in Finland for a maximum of three months after which they must register their right to reside in Finland. The citizens of countries outside the EEa need a worker’s residence permit to work in Finland. For more information: www.formin.fi EU based production companies are allowed to function in Finland as long as they have received the required entitlement to do so in the country of their headquarters. in Finland, the Finnish minimum work- ing conditions shall apply to work, even for workers posted in Finland. if the worker is not a union mem- ber and not covered by a collective agreement, he is still protected by Finnish employment law.
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No permit is required for filming in public places. Filming on private property requires a permit either from the owner or from city authorities.a permit from the police is needed if the filming requires special traffic arrangements (i.e. re-routing or stopping traffic). Filming of works (objects) protected by copyright law requires the consent of the copyright owner unless the works are publicly accessible and not the main focus of filming.

There is no restriction on the movement of person- nel and goods within the European Union for EU cit- izens. import of goods from countries outside the EU is generally subject to customs duties and VaT and must be declared when entering the country.

Standard Rate 24% Reduced Rates 10%, 14%  Recovery Time: 4 months Vat is charged on assets and services in Finland as well as on imports into Finland. Are exempt from VAT: Exports, insurance and financial services, medical services, education, welfare etc. Finland being a part of the EU internal market means that there are no VAT formalities at the frontiers between other EU Member States. Imports from non-EU countries are taxed at the frontier on importation. The right to a refund is given to enterprises established in other countries, provided that they would be liable to tax if they had business activities in Finland, enterprises supplying goods and services outside the Community or certain services mainly related to such goods etc.

Finnish copyright law applies to films when the producer’s main country of operation or residence is Finland. The law contains a presumption of the transfer of exploitation rights to the film producer, but not the rights to pre-existing works used for the creations of the film (e.g. novel, shooting script, music.) The film’s producer must acquire these rights contractually and individually. Special regulations apply to performers’ participation (actors, singers, dancers etc) in the film production. They are entitled to specific ancillary copyrights. The film producer is entitled to ancillary copyrights both as producer of moving pictures and of sound carriers. The copyright of cinematographic works expires 70 years after the death of the last principal author of the work i.e. the director, author of the screenplay, author of dialogue and the composer of score.

Film Commissions

Joensuu

The East Finland Film Commission functions as a single point of contact for local, national and international productions.

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Helsinki

Film Finland is a network of Finnish regional film commissions aiming at creating the Finnish national film commission. The Film Finland network welcomes films, commercials and television productions to shoot in Finland's magnificent northern European landscapes and to make use of the country's high...

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Rovaniemi

With its rough, untouched nature Finnish Lapland provides a unique outdoor studio for TV and feature film productions. Breathtaking landscapes combined with professional, hands-on production services make Finnish Lapland a safe and welcoming filming location. The mission of Finnish Lapland Film Commission...

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Oulu

The North Finland Film Commission serves production teams by offering local expertise and reliable co-operation network in the Northern Finland. The NFFC is a reliable long-term partner, providing you with film commission services based on the one-stop principle. We serve domestic and international...

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Turku

As part of the regional development center, WFFC gives production companies easy access to all the services of the public sector and direct contacts to over 17 000 companies in the area. WFFC also has a production fund, offers studio and production office facilities, free parking and shooting permits...

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Coproduction treaties

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