Both national and regional funding programmes support and finance documentaries with a minority Norwegian co-producer.
Western Norway has a strong, prolific and creative documentary scene, producing documentary series and theatrical releases for the domestic and international market. Here's an overview of documentary producers in the region.
Three public funds are available, depending on how you structure the co-production. Feel free to have a look at how the feature documentary Sunshine Superman, a US-Norway co-production, managed to access funding from four public film funds in Norway.
Applications are handled by the Norwegian minority co-producer.
Western Norway Film Centre
If you have a co-producer based in Western Norway, you can apply for production grants (non-recoupable) from Western Norway Film Centre. Applications will be reviewed based on the artistic quality and the regional effect, and there are 4 annual application deadlines. Co-productions are evaluated together with Norwegian projects, within the same budget, so it is recommended to give room for a significant contribution from the regional industry in Western Norway.
Production grants are typically in the region of €30.000 - €50.000.
If you have a production or post-production spend in Western Norway, and you are aiming for a theatrical release - and your documentary has a (strong) market potential in Norway, your Norwegian co-producer can negotiate with the regional film fund Fuzz.
Norwegian Film Institute
If you aim to release theatrically in Norway, you can apply for co-production funding from Norwegian Film Institute through a Norwegian minority co-producer. A deal memo with a Norwegian distributor is required.
It is also possible to obtain co-production funding for documentary productions not intended for theatrical release. The application will be evaluated on a rolling basis by one of the documentary commissioners at the Norwegian Film Institute, and the annual budget is NOK 2.5 million.
For more information, please have a look at Norwegian Film Institute's funding programs.
If the budget is above NOK 10 million for feature documentaries - or NOK 5 million per episode for documentary series, you may meet the eligibility criteria for the 25% reimbursement programme, administered by Norwegian Film Institute. The reimbursement program combines with support from the regional film centre and the regional funds, but not with the co-production support from the Norwegian Film Institute.