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Finland launches filming incentive

Finland LaplandFinland has launched a new production incentive for the audiovisual sector in a bid to make filming in the country more attractive to international producers. 

The scheme took effect from 1 January 2017 and comes in the form of a cash rebate covering a maximum of 25% of the costs eligible for support of a production completed entirely or partly in Finland. It will benefit feature films, fiction series, animation productions and documentary films. 

Applications are welcomed on an ongoing basis, as long as the productions meet certain financial and artistic criteria, including minimum budgets, distribution agreements, use of a Finnish co-producer or production service company and creative roles filled within the production team. 

Other valid considerations include the depiction of Finnish life or presenting Finnish locations. The fund will be administered by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation 

When plans for the scheme were clarified last year, Johanna Karppinen, CEO of Audiovisual Finland, said of the incentive: “This is a very wise decision by the government. I firmly believe that the incentive will work as an overall booster for many sectors, not only that of the local audiovisual industry. 

Finland has a national film commission as well as several regional ones, with permits easy to obtain or even not needed at all for small-scale productions which are minimally disruptive. 

For more on filming in Finland, head over to our production guide.