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 South Estonia, 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 30% of eligible expenditure incurred in Tartu or South Estonia. The eligibility for funding of film projects will be assessed by the Tartu Film Fund Committee.

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 South Estonia 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 19 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), The Secret Society of Souptown (2015), Vinyl Whisperer (2021), The Sleeping Beast (2021), The Bog (2021), Omerta 6/12 (2021), Mia and Liki (2021), The Gardener of Tension Fields (2021), Talent (2021), My Dear Corpses (2021), Vaino Vahing (2021), Melchior the Apothecary (2021), For Tomorrow Paradise Arrives (2021), Smoke Sauna Sisterhood (2023), Stairway in Heaven (2023).

Films produced under the current scheme:

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood eng

Stairway to Heaven eng

Melchior the Apothecary eng

The Diary Of Vaino Vahing poster

For Tomorrow Paradise Arrives

My Dear Corpses

Talent eng

The Gardener of Tension Fields

Mia and Liki eng


The Bog

Vinyl Whisperer

The Sleeping Beast


Fred Jussi The Beauty of Existence


Erna at War

The Secret Life of Johannes Paasuke

The Wind Sculpted Land eng

When You Least Expect It

The Secret Society of Souptown eng