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Oulu audiovisual production incentive

Under the Business Oulu public utility, the North Finland Film commission aims to support and promote the growth of the audiovisual sector in the region. In June 2021, the City of Oulu launched a production incentive for the audiovisual industry, which allows the production companies to get up to 10 % of the production costs incurred in Oulu refunded. The incentive is be granted from the city Development Fund for the period 2021-2022 with an annual budget of EUR 265 000. The incentive can also be applied for the pre-production and post-production phases. Applications will be processed in the order of arrival.

Eligible costs are all of the following expenses related to the production and incurred in Oulu:

  • purchases of services and goods
  • salaries paid to Oulu residents
  • equipment rentals
  • other costs (flat rate 20 %)

The production shall:

  • make use of Oulu as a location and/or
  • use artistic or other creative expertise acquired in Oulu

Productions that form an independent, artistic work and have a distribution plan and distribution agreement, as well as 50% of the total production budget already in place, can apply for the production incentive. If the applicant is a foreign company, a Finnish co-producer or production coordination company must be involved in the production. The incentive is not provided for commercials or promotional videos.

Read carefully the general terms and conditions of the Oulu audiovisual production incentive and the application form. If the production does not meet all the criteria listed in the conditions, please contact the Film Commission before submitting the application.

If all the application criteria are met, send the completed application in PDF format to the City of Oulu registry at kirjaamo@ouka.fi . Mark it with the tag “Oulu audiovisual production incentive”. The application is deemed to have arrived on the date on which all the information and/or documents required to meet the application criteria are received at the Registry.


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Wild unspoiled nature and northern industrial milieus. Tundra and taiga forests. Frozen harbours and the Sun that never sets. In the middle of nowhere but still close and well-connected. Northern Finland offers unique settings for unique stories.

The North Finland Film Commission – NFFC acts as the first link to the local authorities and the film infrastructure in the area of Oulu, Kuusamo, Kajaani and Kokkola.

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More information:

Reetta Turula

Reetta Turula

Film Commissioner, North Finland Film Commission

+358 40 489 5865