Business Finland and City of Helsinki are attending to Hong Kong International Film & TV Market 19-22 March.
Production Incentive Finland
A year ago, Business Finland launched the production incentive, which is a 25 per cent cash rebate for production costs in Finland. It has intended to increase international interest in Finland as a production location and to promote the development, growth, and internationalization of Finnish companies. The incentive is available for Finnish and foreign production companies from pre- to post-production. It is targeted for feature films, documentary films, scripted fiction series and animation productions.
Business Finland welcomes applications around the year. The application system is very straightforward and the form is very easy to fill out and fast to submit. The applicants may expect to receive a decision on their application at the latest 40 days after filing, and payments in three weeks. Unlike in most other countries, the rebates can be disbursed also to ongoing productions and directly to foreign companies, irrespective of whether or not they are registered in Finland.
The land of a thousand opportunities
Finland stands out favorably because of its proven low level of corruption, efficient transport infrastructure and skilled workforce. Finland is film friendly country where street closure and other infrastructure-related special arrangements can be made quickly. Filming crews are able to access a wide variety of filming locations.
Finland has a large and highly skilled talent pool in filmmaking, especially in post-production. Crews are experienced, efficient and experts in working in very difficult conditions. Official languages are Finnish and Swedish, but English is widely spoken.
Finland’s diverse landscape is unique. For example Finnish Lapland offers tundra-like exoticism, guaranteed snow for 200 days in a year, distinctive autumn colours, magical northern lights and the midnight sun, which allows shooting even in the middle of the night, as the sun does not set in the summer.
Filming in our capital, Helsinki
Helsinki is safe and charming. It’s quiet but offers all the good things that bigger cities offer. Helsinki has great city services, very little bureaucracy and polite people. Life in Helsinki is simple, because society works there well.
Helsinki provides assistance and helps producers in sourcing production crew, facilities and locations. It provides a link to city officials and aims to make productions efficient and smooth. Helsinki is a premium choice when deciding on production locate. Nature and sea is always close by and we still have pure white snow in the winter.
Business Finland and City of Helsinki are attending to Hong Kong International Film & TV Market 19-22 March 2018 (Global Filming Support, booth 1A-G32)!
Coordinator, Production Incentive
Senior Advisor, Competitiveness and International Affairs
City of Helsinki
Picture attachment: A view from Helsinki by photographer Jussi Hellstén.
Business Finland is the Finnish innovation funding, trade, investment, and travel promotion organization, headquartered in Helsinki.
Helsinki is the Capital of Finland and the centre of the Helsinki Region with 600 000 inhabitants.
Consulate General promotes Finnish interests in Hong Kong and Macao by catalyzing cooperation of relevant actors.
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