Latvian Co-financing programme for foreign film shooting in Latvia (Latvian co-financing fund)

National Film Centre of Latvia
Key objectives of the measure:

Co-financing programme (Latvian co-financing fund) is targeted for granting the State budget for co-financing the filming of foreign films in Latvia - administrated by the National Film Centre of Latvia. The co-financing programme (Latvian Co-financing Fund) is open to Latvian and foreign productions planning to shoot in Latvia, and its objective is to encourage foreign investments in Latvia, create new jobs, develop the Latvian film industry and promote Latvia internationally. Latvian Co-financing programme was established in 2013. The national programme was designed given the positive example of similar co-financing programme for foreign productions planning to shoot in the capital city of Latvia Riga, namely Riga Film Fund, funded by the City Council.

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

Up to 25% of film related expenditure can be obtained as cash rebate when filming is completed. The eligible costs of the programme include transport, rental of premises and technical equipment, accommodation, public facilities, construction facilities, artistic and administrative work, encouraging foreign film crews to shoot in Latvia. Projects that want to be supported must fit the following criteria: full length fiction, TV films and documentary films with the minimum budget of 700 000 EUR that have confirmed financing of at least 50% of the total budget. It is possible to combine both Latvian co-financing Fund and Riga Film Fund cash rebate schemes.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Increase of the foreign productions in Latvia – films which are using Latvian locations as well as the creative force – Latvian filmmakers and film technicians.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

State budget: EUR 2 266 556 from 2013 to 2016 (2013 – EUR 397 674, 2014 – EUR 426 862, 2015 – EUR 796 010, 2016 – EUR 646 010).

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

10 foreign film projects have been supported from 2013 to 2015. The co-financing programme attracted investment of 5,2 million EUR. The total – 0,7 million EUR in support was paid as the cash rebate. Although this type of instrument facilitates the creation of jobs in the film industry, fosters development of hospitality, catering and transport services and many more, a large scale impact assessment of the Programme has not yet been done.

Indicators used to determine impact:
Assessment was carried out based on calculations of creation of jobs in the film industry and attracted financing in hospitality, catering, transport and other services.
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts