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 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).

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

O2

Fred Jussi The Beauty of Existence

Winter

The Sleeping Beast

The Bog

Omerta

Mia and Liki eng

Vinyl Whisperer

The Gardener of Tension Fields

Talent eng

My Dear Corpses

For Tomorrow Paradise Arrives

Vaino Vahing