Norway joined the Council of Europe ́s European Convention on Cinematographic coproduction on 1. November 2009. Norway also aims to increase funding for coproduction with foreign countries. Some approved projects involving coproduction with a Norwegian producer may qualify for support from the Norwegian Film Institute.

Most regional funds can also be made available to foreign producers. On application, foreign producers can obtain refunds of VAT paid on purchases and on the import of goods into Norway.


Norwegian film production dates back to the early 1900’s. Norway produces annually more than 30 feature films, approx. 300 short and documentary films as well as many commercials. Norwegian film production receives approx. NOK 744 million (USD 130 million or EUR 101 million) in subsidies (2013).

In the past 15 years, four Norwegian films have been nominated for the Academy Award (The Path Finder, The Other Side of Sunday, Me, My Friend and I, Kon Tiki). In 2006 Bobbie Peers’ Norwegian short Sniffer, won Norway’s first Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. And Torill Kove’s The Danish Poet received the Academy Award® for
Best Animated Short in 2007.

Norway has three national and a variety of regional television channels. The capital, Oslo, is the center of the Norwegian film industry, with regional film communities in many other locations in Norway.

The Norwegian film community has a long history of experience with international film productions, especially from the many co- productions with other countries. 


Save money
Norwegian film productions are renowned for their small, efficient and flexible film teams working at top international level. The working environment regulations for the film industry permit long workdays for shooting, which means tighter (and more efficient) production schedules.

Save time
The infrastructure is very good, and distances from inner city areas (neighbourhoods) to unpopulated wilderness are short. This means you will save valuable time when changing location during filming.

Go anywhere
You can film without permission in public areas. And if you need permission, it is easy to obtain. The police and fire service are always willing to assist during filming.

Mid Nordic Film