Film funding in Germany

The federal and state governments support the film and media industry with a strong funding system. More than 300 million euros go into national and international film projects every year.

The "Deutsche Filmförderfonds" (DFFF), established in 2007, alone provides 50 million and is a success story that has positive effects on the entire film industry. While the DFFF offers an automated funding system, other institutions support projects that are selected by juries, which meet several times a year.

Additionally, regional film funding institutions play an important role in the success of German films. They are based in the federal states and collaborate in the network "Focus Germany" at festivals and congresses.

International producers, who want to make use of German film funding, usually work with German co-production partners. To facilitate the search for co-production partners, "Focus Germany" publishes an up to date list of internationally experienced film producers annually.

The financial resources of the regional and national film funding institutions can be combined for financing a film. The regional film funding institutions expect an economic regional effect. Before submitting the application, we recommend consulting a film funding institution. Application forms, guidelines and submission deadlines can be found on their websites. In all matters of detail, the Film Commissions will be happy to help you.