Sørfond+ is a new film fund that supports co-productions between European film producers and producers from developing countries. Sørfond+ is run by the Norwegian Film Institue and The Films from the South Foundation, and gives up to 50.000 Euros in support to co-productions between European producers and developing countries. Sørfond+ especially encourages Nordic co-producers to apply.
Sørfond+ is funded by Creative Europe MEDIA and the Norwegian government, and is the sister fund to the Norwegian Sørfond.
Click HERE for a fact sheet describing the differences and similarities between Sørfond and Sørfond+.
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING SØRFOND+ IS MAY 4, 2017
The official guidelines for SØRFOND+ will follow shortly. Application form will be available online in the beginning of April.
FUNDING FROM CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE NORWEGIAN GOVERNMENT
SØRFOND+ is made possible with support from Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway.
SØRFOND+ is administrated by the Films from the South Foundation and the Norwegian Film Institute.
EUR 217 000 will be granted in 2017 by SØRFOND+.
The grant shall contribute to strengthen film as a cultural expression, to promote diversity and artistic integrity on the international film scene, and to strengthen freedom of expression. The grant shall also contribute to an increased cooperation between filmmakers and producers in Europe and in the eligible countries. The purpose of SØRFOND+ grants is to stimulate the production of films in developing countries where such production is limited by political or economic causes.
PROJECTS FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Film projects with a main producer based in a country on the OECD's current list of countries and territories eligible to receive assistance (DAC-list) - except for such countries participating in Eurimages or Creative Europe's MEDIA-programme* - is eligible to support from SØRFOND+. In addition, the director must have citizenship from, or be resident in, a country on the DAC-list. The film must, for the most part, be shot in a country on the DAC-list. In exceptional cases, derogations may be made regarding the establishment of the main producer in a DAC-listed country if, due to political reasons, the film cannot be produced in that country.
*Countries excluded because of membership in Eurimages or the Creative Europe's MEDIA-program: Armenia, Albania, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Georiga, The former Yugoslav Replublic of Macedonia (FYROM), Serbia, Tyrkia
EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCER REQUIRED
A European co-producer is required to apply. An independent production company from a country participating in the MEDIA- sub-programme of Creative Europe can apply as the minority producer.
The application for production support must be submitted by the European co-producer.
FICTION OR DOCUMENTARIES, MINIMUM 60 MIN. RUNNING TIME
SØRFOND+ supports fiction films or documentaries with a minimum running time of 60 minutes, produced for screening in cinemas, on television, or on other audiovisual media platforms.
At least 50% of the budget must already be confirmed at the time of submitting the application.
MAXIMUM SUPPORT EUR 50 000
The grant shall not exceed EUR 50 000. Up to 10% of the grant amount may be retained by the minority production company in order to cover its administrative costs.
SØRFOND+ AND OTHER FUNDS
Funding from Sørfond+ can be matched with funding from other funding bodies and co-production schemes except other funds/schemes supported by Creative Europe MEDIA.
Other funds/schemes supported by Creative Europe MEDIA: Hubert Bals Fund + Europe, IDFA Bertha Fund - Europa, Sarajevo City of Film Fund, Torino Film Lab Production and Distribution Funds and WCF Europe.
ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION
The assessment and selection of the applications shall be based on an overall assessment of artistic, production-related, economical and technical aspects of the project. Particular emphasis is placed on the purpose of SØRFOND+ and the project’s cultural identity, including the use of local languages and local shooting locations. Emphasis is also placed on the director’s and the producers’ experience, as well as the representation of women in key positions.
A panel consisting of three to five members appointed by the Norwegian Film Institute processes the applications and nominates candidates to the Norwegian Film Institute, which holds the decision-making power. At least one member from a DAC-listed country shall be represented in the panel.