Production fund New Dawn aims to support diversity in the film industry

May 23, 2022

Nine European public funders have joined forces in the first stages of the fund. The first submission deadline is June 27, 2022.

On Sunday, May 22, 2022, at the Cannes Festival, nine European funds officially launched the fund New Dawn, aiming to support more diversity in the international film industry. The fund’s mission states that film makers shape the narrative of our time through their work, but this has mostly been possible for too narrow a scope of film makers. With the introduction of New Dawn the participating funds want to explore more ways to establish variety and representation. A vibrant, open and inclusive film industry with true diversity of perspectives and filmic expressions has relevance for everyone.

“As a film industry it is our joint responsibility to reflect a kaleidoscopic picture of the societies we live in, instead of reducing humanity to a singular story. The New Dawn initiative aims to create room for diversity in artistic expression, thereby enriching the complete ecosystem of the film industry,” says Dutch filmmaker Shamira Raphaëla, also chair of the advisory committee of New Dawn.

New Dawn is inviting film makers, and other public funds, to contribute to the mission of New Dawn. New Dawn will operate as a production fund, by making additional funding available for film productions and by supporting film makers in setting up networks. The fund supports up to €200.000 for a feature film (fiction or animated film) and up to €100.000 for a feature-length documentary. For 2022 the budget is € 900.000. A joint advisory committee of independent international advisers will be responsible for the assessment of applications.

The first submission deadline is June 27, 2022. Finnish production companies are eligible for support – for more information on the regulations and the application process, go to the fund’s website:

In addition to the Finnish Film Foundation, New Dawn is supported by Communauté française de Belgique – Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Film Fund Luxembourg, Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Screen Ireland, Instituto Português do Cinema e do Audiovisual and Netherlands Film Fund.

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