The Danish Film Institute (DFI) has minor-coproduction schemes for feature fiction and animation films with three deadlines a year, and for short and documentary films with two deadlines a year. DFI may support 6-9 minor co-productions in feature films and 4-6 minors in short and documentary films a year.Read more: http://www.dfi-film.dk/how-to-co-produce-with-denmark-feature
The person you have to contact is Noemi Ferrer Schwenk. She coordinates the Danish Film Institute’s work with international co-productions and is one of the key figures in the Film Institute’s overall international activities.
May I introduce you (if you do not know her already) to the Queen of Danish documentary film, Sigrid Dyekjær, who runs Danish Documentary Production. I have always wanted to interview her, to try to discover why her wand is magic!
You are regarded as the queen of production! What makes you and your team so successful?
Ha ha ha... I never said I was the queen of Danish documentary film; thank god there are a lot of queens in my country doing this. But I think what is special about us, is we never sacrifice the film in order to deliver. We rather want to spend 1-2 more years in developing the film, if we feel it is not there yet or even produce it for 2-3 years more, if it is not at the level where we feel we can get it, than finish it. It is a priveledge, but we will do it. We don´t think of ourselves in this, we only think about our film, and our audience. we don´t want to disappoint them.
Denmark is a small country with a big film industry - why is that?
We have quite good State funding. They have decided, even in financial crises, that giving money to culture and films is good; it makes people happy to see good films, and they get inspired, it gives a better mood and wellbeing to the people. The state has decided that you should be able to watch danish films in both cinema and on TV, so they have even given TV money to spent on films - only.
We also have a very professional industry now in Denmark, due to more money, a better film school.
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Madeleine Avramoussis, ARTE's renowned Commissioning Editor has a long experience in Co-Producing. She has been doing it for the past 20 years! In this television interview she gave me for ERT in Spring 2012 she talks about co-production in Greece, the festival, the prices and future plans. Arte is planning a special theme day about Greece in August 2013.