Support

Aarhus Film Workshop supports the development of new film talent and professional film experiments. We support within genres of fiction, documentary, series and new forms of storytelling - both long and short formats.

Our support consists of consulting, film equipment, production and post production facilities, and financial aid.

It is not possible to apply to more than one film workshop in Denmark at a time. If you - for instance - simultaneously apply for Odense's support as well as Aarhus', you will be asked to withdraw your application from one of the workshops.

You can apply for financial support of up to 20.000DKK can be applied for through the production support.

To apply for more than 10.000,- you need a CVR-number. Either through your own company or by co-producing with an existing film company. The financial aid will be paid in two installments. First installment of 85 % will be paid at the start of production .

The second installment of 15 % will be paid at the approval of the budget, and screening of the film before final cut.

If you wish to apply for support to your film you have to fill out an application form and attach a budget.

The next application deadline is on the 4th of November 2019 at 12.00am.

Read about our different types of support below:

Quick support

Quick support is an offer to productions, which are already financed but in need of a cable, a lamp, a stand, or some other type of urgent equipment. 

Quick Support could for example support film and art school assignments or film projects associated with cultural institutions in and around Aarhus.

The equipment can be borrowed for no more than four days and may not be used outside Denmark. Application earliest one week on forhand. Quick support does not include financial aid, or loan of van. Examples of equipment issued in Quick Support:

• Dolly

• Tripod

• Bounce board

• Microphone

• Lamps

Equipment can be picked up or delivered weekdays between 10:00 and 15:00

Applications will be processed every Wednesday, except holidays. No applications are processed in July.

You'll find the application form here.

Scriptdevelopment

The support for scriptdevelopment amounting to 5000,- Danish crowns can be granted to filmprojects, that aim to supply for the productionsupport – but which are not quite ready for production yet.

The support is reserved for hiring a scriptwriter/consultant chosen by the applicant (in some cases pointed out by Aarhus Filmworkshop). It is up to the applicant to settle an agreement with the scriptwriter as to how and when the consultancy will take place. The support can be disbursed, as soon as Aarhus Filmworkshop has approved the contract between applicant and consultant – after a possible grant has been given via the general application procedure.

You'll find the application form here.

Production support

The purpose of this support scheme is to support talent developing film productions and professional film experiments. We support film production within all known genres and formats; fiction, documentary, web-series, crossmedia, series, and shorts and feature films. 

Exceptionally, we also support music video productions if the application includes a particular artistic ambition. To receive support it is decisive that the project has artistic quality; this means that the project has a certain artistic level and/or it has the ambition to meet an audience. Supported film productions may take place in any country - however either the director or the producer has to be a Danish citizen.

Aarhus Filmworkshop supports filmtalents from all over Denmark, but with regards to the cash support, we pay special attention as to what extent the filmproject includes a potential to develop filmtalents that are based in Jutland and Western Denmark.

The practical:

Aarhus Film Workshop has four annual application rounds, which can be entered by filling out the digital application form on this site. The application rounds are in February, May, August, and November. The applications will be treated by an external consultant in cooperation with the management of Aarhus Film Workshop, and the final decision for or against support will be made by the consultant. Each application round has a new consultant, so annually the workshop has four different associated consultants.

The application process takes up to five weeks and works as follows:

Week 1. Application.
Application deadline.
Registration and read through of applications.
 
Week 2. First treatment round.
Shortlist of projects qualifying for the next round. Rejected applicants will be notified by email.
 
Week 3. Second treatment round.
Qualifying applicants meet with AFW's consultant and AFW's manager for an obligatory development interview. The interview may last up to 1½ hours - and the applicant should expect to be given an assignment, which is to be completed within 7 days.
Additionally, AFW's technical coordinator will contact the applicant to clarify the production scope of the project.
 
Week 4. Decision.
AFW's consultant receives all the completed assignments and takes the final decision regarding support of grants.
 
Week 5. All applicants will receive a written justified support and rejection. 
All applicants will receive a written justified support or rejection by email.

Next application deadline is on the 4th of November 2019 at 12.00am.

Find the application form here.

Finalisation support

Aarhus Film Workshop offers 100.000DKK as Finalisation Support to featurelength talent films within the genres fiction, documentary, series, and crossmedia. Finalisation support is a scheme primarily focused on post production.

Criteria for applying:

  • The project has an established co-producer from the West Danish region, which is a well established company, and has existed for at least one year.
  • There has to be at least one - preferably two artistically responsible a-functions committed to the film, and they need to be citizens of Aarhus
  • The responsible producer from the coproducer must have produced at least one feature film within the last three calendar years, which has been distributed in national or international cinema and/or TV.
  • At least 85 % of the film has been recorded.
  • The length of the film is expected to be at least 75 minutes.
  • The post production will take place entirely or partly at Aarhus Film Workshop.
  • The film meets the expectation that it can be distributed in a considerable degree; i.e. it has either artistic or commercial qualities supporting the notion that the film can enter cinema, TV, or festival distribution.

 

Der skal været tilknyttet mindst én (helst to) kunstnerisk bærende A-funktioner, som skal være bosiddende i Århus.

Finalisation Support focuses on salaries for postproduction jobs; i.e. editors, sound designers, color graders etc.

Since the production has to be driven by the director, the main applicant must also be the director. However, the co-producer will sign the final agreement and manage the support funds.

Applications are processed four times a year in connection with AFW's common support rounds. An external consultant from the film business will be associated with AFW and process the applications in cooperation with the manager of AFW.

The application must include:

  • Reasons and motivations for applying for Finalisation Support.
  • 5 – 15 minute material from the film.
  • Synopsis of the story.
  • Manuscript or treatment.
  • List of cast.
  • Production plan and time frame for post production.
  • CVs for director, producer, and scriptwriter.
  • Budget (for preproduction and shooting).
  • A presentation of ideas for a distribution plan, made by the co-producer of the film.
  • A financial plan, made by the co-producer in cooperation with the responsible producer.
  • CV of the co-producer.
  • Filmography and track record for the coproducer.

The projects are not only judged on the experience and potential of the people involved, but first and foremost on the artistic quality and/or commercial potential of the project. The assessment will focus on the idea, originality, and motivation, and also whether the experience matches the project format. Aarhus Film Workshop is not only looking for the mainstream success movie. An experimental art film with narrow scope could also receive support. 

The Finalisation Support will be paid out in two installments: 50 % at the start of the agreement and 50 % upon deliverance of the financial accounts. AFW will cash in 7 % of all profits exceeding 250.000DKK - after the film has paid for itself.

Next application deadline is on the 4th of November 2019 at 12.00am.

Apply for Finalisation Support here.

Additional Support

Conditions

If you are applying for additional support, it is a condition that you have already received production suppport from one of the filmworkshops in Viborg, Odense or Copenhagen. The manager at the workshop of the initial application needs to recommend your filmproject to Aarhus Filmworkshop, before we can consider giving the additional support.

Applications are processed within 7 days.

Apply here.