The Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) was established by Parliament’s decision on May 3rd 1955 and operates under the auspices of The Royal Norwegian Ministry for Culture.
NFI is the government’s executive body for the film sector and its advisor in questions of film policy. On April 1st 2008 the Norwegian Film Fund, the Norwegian Film Institute, Norway Film Development and the Norwegian Film Commission merged under the name of the Norwegian Film Institute (Norsk filminstitutt). Currently we are approximately 100 employees, organized in five departments; development and production, promotion and international relations, public services, information and administration.
NFI administrate public grants and provides support for Norwegian Films; features, shorts, documentaries, TV drama and interactive games. We also organizes training and talent development in the sector. The Film Institute represents and informs about Norwegian film on the national as well as on the international level and represents Norway in the European co-production fund EURIMAGES and in the European Audiovisual Observatory.
The institute is a member of the international film archives’ organization FIAF, and of a number of other international bodies and organizations in the film sector, among them the International Council of Educational Media, European Film Promotion and Scandinavian Films. MEDIA desk is administratively linked to the NFI and is funded by the Ministry of Culture and the European Commission. Our European collaboration is highly valued in our institute and we believe in strengthening European Networks to maintain a strong sector for all European filmmakers.
As the film industry develops rapidly due to the technological advancements, NFI`s main goal, besides funding, is to support audiovisual sector to be provident and to achieve stability by enable a viable legal and economic framework. We simply want to make Norwegian films better!