25% Incentive

25% Incentive

The Norwegian Film Production Incentive offers a 25% cash rebate on local spend

Film Production Incentive 25%

The Norwegian Film Production Incentive offers a 25% cash rebate on local spend, available for film and TV productions with international distribution.

Qualifications for the incentive include a cultural and production test, as well as criteria on the size of the project.

The next application window will likely open in June 2024 with a deadline November 26, 2024 at 12.00 CET. The evaluation period is 6-8 weeks, with the incentive being awarded to the highest ranking projects in each round.

The film incentive is administered by the Norwegian Film Institute.

Overview 25% The Norwegian Film Production Incentive


To qualify for the incentive, the project must pass a Qualification Test, and meet the following criteria specified in the Legislation:

  • Minimum 30% non-Norwegian financing
  • Minimum spend in Norway of NOK 4 million
  • Minimum total (world) budget of NOK 25m for feature films, NOK 10m per episode for drama, NOK 10m for feature docs, and NOK 5m per episode for doc series


Application must be sent before the start of production, and all applicable costs are valid from the receipt of the application.

The main production company, or any person authorised by it, may apply. The grant recipient must be a Norwegian SPV registered as a limited liability company, or a company from within the EEA or the UK with a branch registered in Norway.


If the total reimbursements applied for are larger than the funds available, projects will be ranked based on the following key criteria:

  • Total World Budget
  • Spend in Norway
  • International Distribution
  • Percentage of private financing (excl incentives and public funds)
  • Percentage of non-Norwegian financing


The Norwegian Film Institute will issue a 25% reimbursement guarantee on qualifying spend to all qualifying projects until all funds are awarded. The guarantee will be issued to a Norwegian SPV, and will be valid for two years. An extension can be given for a third year.

The disbursement request must be submitted within six months of the end of production in Norway. The project must be audited by a Norwegian CPA, and you can not have any unpaid direct or indirect tax liabilities to the Norwegian authorities when submitting the disbursement request.

Why Norway?

Save money

Norwegian crews are renowned for high on-set efficiency and experience, and are well-accustomed to working on international sets. Crews and the general populace alike speak fluent English.  Norwegian business culture is lean and this extends to film sets, and productions can plan for a smaller crew compared to international standards.  Internationally Norwegian crew rates are highly competitive, and are significantly lower than the UK.

Rental houses offer state-of-the-art equipment and a wide selection of cameras, lights and cranes — a complete technical pipeline with rates on par with the rest of Europe.

Save time

Norway has invested long-term and heavily in infrastructure, as such the stunning nature is also extraordinarily accessible to productions.

Norway boasts over 50 airports, and all major national hubs offer daily flights to London.  The variation combined with this accessibility means that productions could film on a sandy beach and a glacier in the same day.

Mobile and internet coverage throughout the country is first-rate, even in remote areas.

Norway is also a very sustainable filming destination, with a high level of renewable energy combined with the world’s largest electric car park.  With such close proximity to London, Norwegian nature is the shortest flight possible for major productions to access.

Go anywhere

Productions are met with a willingness and can-do attitude from local authorities in Norway.  Commissions can provide advice and introductions, as well assist with government and communication relations on high-impact productions.   Local service production companies can assist with applications to municipalities, port authorities, national parks and more.