POEM film foundation in 2006 by the City of Oulu, the Council of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences.
Poem is the first regional film fund in Finland. The main target is to develop, finance and promote the industry and culture of moving images. The aim is to establish the city of Oulu as a major regional resource and development centre for film and television production in Finland.
Poem provides production support including financial investment. It supports film and television productions that take place in the Northern Scandinavia. Funding programmes are designed for documentaries, TV-productions and feature film productions.
Poem has three funding programmes that are 1) script support, 2) project development and 3) production and co-finances one to two international co-productions per year. During last 5 years Poem has supported over 80 productions. Over 90 % of the productions are produced by companies based in the Northern Finland.
Poem's strength is its supportive development program. Poem develops close working relationships with filmmakers and other media creatives, and actively guides and supports them in the development process. Poem also provides financial support for preliminary research, script development and production development.
The North Finland Film Commission (NFFC) is managed by POEM foundation. NFFC provides producers with a total solution, including assistance in engaging technical crew in the area, locations assistance and financial costings of shooting in the area. The location database includes hundreds of photos of the unique landscapes in the region. Our files also contain information on skilled people - from sound specialists to set decorators - and from grips to carpenters. We have also built a comprehensive network of regional support services including rentals, catering, accommodation and logistics.
Poem actively encourages co-productions and cross-border collaboration and has a strong relationship with regional funds throughout Europe, particularly in the Northern Scandinavia. The three regional funds including POEM in Finland, Filmpool Nord in Sweden and North Norwegian Film Fund, are committed to creating a strong film and media region in Northern Scandinavia, where production companies can thrive and compete internationally.
Cine-Regio representative - Mrs. Anne Laurila
Anne Laurila is the production consultant in POEM Foundation – the only regional film fund in Finland. In addition, she works as a project manager in EU projects, aiming to strenghten the film business in Northern Scandinavia. She has worked actively to develop the regional audiovisual industry and funding schemes for film since the POEM Foundation started in 2006.
Before joining POEM, Anne worked as a producer and CEO in her own production company, mainly with creative documentaries. She has a Bachelor of Culture and Arts degree and she has supplementary courses from Univerisity of Oulu in art history, film studies, international marketing, leadership and finance and economics.