Tartu Film Fund

The Tartu Regional Film Fund was established in 2013 by the Tartu Centre for Creative Industries to promote the shooting and post-production of international full length feature films, documentaries, short and animated films and TV series, as well as support Estonian production companies providing production services for international film projects.

The main goal of the Tartu Film Fund is to boost entrepreneurial creativity in the region, bring investments to Tartu County, encourage the production of professional audiovisual works and promote international coproduction.

The Tartu Film Fund is budgeted at 150,000 EUR annually.

Under the cash-rebate scheme executed by the fund, the rebate for a single project is up to 20% of eligible expenditure incurred in Tartu or Tartu County. The eligibility for funding of film projects will be assessed by the committee comprising producers, representatives of Tartu City Government, the Tartu Centre for Creative Industries and the Estonian Film Institute.

Eligible expenditure includes the salaries of the local members of the film crew and local actors as well as goods and services purchased in the Tartu area such as hotel and accommodation related services, transportation related costs, rental of rooms and equipment, catering services, construction security services, public utility costs and other services related to the production of the selected film project selected by the Tartu Film Fund Committee.

The 8 local and international co-productions lensed under the scheme since the foundation of the Tartu Film Fund in 2015 include Erna at War (2020), 02 (2020), Fred Jüssi: The Beauty of Existence (2020), Winter (2020), The Secret Life of Johannes Pääsuke (2019), The Wind Sculpted Land (2018), When You Least Expect It (2016), and The Secret Society of Souptown (2015).

Films produced under the current scheme:

The Secret Society of Souptown eng
When You Least Expect It
The Wind Sculpted Land eng
The Secret Life of Johannes Paasuke
Erna at War
Fred Jussi The Beauty of Existence


Diana Mikita, producer of Secret Society of Souptown: „During our almost 50 shooting days in Tartu we were constantly surprised by its photogenicity, variety of locations and film friendly atmosphere. Tartu Film Fund was a professional and open minded partner to work with and we truly enjoyed our cooperation. We are hoping to return with another exciting project soon.“

Kristiina Reidolv, the Member of the Board of Tartu Centre for Creative Industries (TCCI): In the forthcoming years TCCI will prioritise the development of the audio-visual sector in the Tartu region and further growth of the Tartu Film Fund by encouraging investments into both infrastructure and support services in order to be more accessible to both local and international filmmakers as well as make Estonian film visible worldwide.”