The Return of the Short Film: a call for artistically ambitious Finnish short films

May 2, 2022

Deadline for applications is August, 22, 2022, 16:00.

Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK and Yle have launched a new funding project for three short fiction films for 2023. Applications are open to professional film production companies.

The project is intended for cinematic works that can be differentiated from drama series, social media content and news media. Are short fiction films still going strong in the 2020s? We are looking for unique, artistically ambitious Finnish live-action short films. Genre and theme are open. The duration of the film is limited to 15–20 minutes.

The project plan has to be new, previously unseen by the funders.

Each of three selected short films will receive 150,000 euros in production support. Finished works will be shown on Yle in 2023. The producer will hold all other distribution rights.

The application process

The application process has three stages. 

The first stage

The production company will submit an application through a form by August 22, 2022, 16:00. 

Application appendices:

  • short synopsis (max 1 page)
  • script
  • foreword from the director, scriptwriter and producer
  • CVs from the director, scriptwriter, producer and production company
  • production schedule 
  • additional material (video, moodboard, etc.)

We hold the right to ask additional appendices from the applicant if necessary.

The second stage

Based on the applications, some of the applicants are called for an interview in September-October. In this stage, the applicant will have to provide a more detailed production plan and budget.

The third stage

Three of the projects will be granted 150,000 euros of production support. The production company can apply for other funding.


  • Deadline for applications: August 22, 2022, 16:00
  • Interviews in October 2022
  • Final decisions on week 46
  • Productions finished by 2023

The desicions will be sent to the applicants personally and announced through the Finnish Film Foundation’s and AVEK’s communications.

Further information

Eero Tammi
Film Commissioner
Finnish Film Foundation

Sari Volanen

Mikko Peltonen
Film Commissioner