Funding Films

WELCOME TO GERMANY'S CAPITAL REGION!

WE LOVE TO FUND YOUR GREAT FILM & SERIAL PROJECT!

"The Tale"

WHO CAN APPLY? 

  • German-based producers

WHAT CAN BE SUPPORTED? 

  • Development, production and distribution (P+A for German cinema releases) for national and international films and high-end drama series

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 

  • Applications must be submitted before shooting
  • Projects must show commercial potential

REGIONAL SPEND 

  • Minimum 100% of the funding must be spent in the region
DEADLINES AND DECISIONS
  • 5 application deadlines per year
  • Decisions 6 weeks after each deadline
SOFT LOANS
  • Funding is provided as a soft loan and must be repaid if the film is economically successful
  • Medienboard funding can be combined with any other national or international funding

HOW TO FINANCE YOUR NEXT FILM IN BERLIN-BRANDENBURG?

AN EXAMPLE

  • DFFF I
  • → Your budget: €20 M
  • → German spend: €5 M
  • → Automatic DFFF I rebate (20%): €1 M
  • → Selective Medienboard loan: up to €1 M
  • DFFF II
  • → Your budget: €50 M
  • → German spend: €20 M
  • → Automatic DFFF II rebate (25%): €5 M
  • → Selective Medienboard loan: up to €1 M

MEDIENBOARD BERLIN-BRANDENBURG (MBB)

THE FILM FUND FOR GERMANY'S CAPITAL REGION

More than 300 films and series are being shot here every year!
  • Highly skilled crews
  • Excellent production conditions on the highest international standards
  • Most exciting film location in Germany
  • Berlin culture and lifestyle

"Happy as Lazzaro"

THE GERMAN FEDERAL FILM FUND (DFFF)

DFFF OFFERS 2 DIFFERENT AUTOMATIC REBATES ON EVERY € SPENT IN PRODUCTION COSTS IN GERMANY! 

  • Film must be theatrically released in Germany while respecting the holdback periods
  • The film needs to pass a “cultural test”
  • Applications must be submitted 6 weeks before shooting

DFFF I

20% TO 25% AUTOMATIC GRANT ON EVERY €
SPENT ON GERMAN PRODUCTION COSTS!

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Producers based in Germany
  • International coproductions with German producers

REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum budget: €1 million for features;
  • €2 million for animation; €200,000 for documentaries
  • 20% grant if the German budget share is less than €8 million
  • 25% grant if the German budget share is higher than €8 million
  • 75% of financing must be in place
  • For international co-productions: German participation must be at least 20%. If total budget is higher than €25 million, a German share of €5 million is sufficient
  • Max. grant €4 million

MINIMUM GERMAN PRODUCTION COSTS

  • 25% of the project´s total budget must be spent in Germany. If budget exceeds €20 million, a minimum spend of 20% in Germany is required.

DFFF II

25% OF THE GERMAN PRODUCTION COSTS MAX €25 MILLION PER PROJECT!

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Production service providers i.e. studios or VFX service-providers based in Germany

REQUIREMENTS

  • Feature films & animated/VFX-driven films
  • Minimum production costs €20 million
  • Minimum German production costs €8 million
  • €2 million German production costs for animated features or VFX-driven films

→ Grant up to 25% of the German production costs max. €25 million

DETAILED INFORMATION
www.dfff-ffa.de 


"BEAT"

GERMAN MOTION PICTURE FUND (GMPF)

GRANTS FOR INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTIONS AND HIGH-END SERIES

  • Financial support is provided in the form of a non-repayable grant
  • Grant is for 20% of the eligible German costs and max. €2.5 million

FEATURE FILMS FOR TV/VOD

WHO CAN APPLY?
  • Producers based in Germany

REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum production costs: €25 million, minimum German participation: 40% or €13 million (inapplicable if German costs for digital filmmaking exceed €3 million)
  • 75% of financing must be in place
  • Applications must be submitted before shooting
  • The film needs to pass a “cultural test”
  • Initial release on TV and/or VOD platform accessible in Germany

DETAILED INFORMATION
www.gmpf-ffa.de 

HIGH-END DRAMA SERIES

WHO CAN APPLY?
  • Producers based in Germany
REQUIREMENTS
  • A continuing, fictional plot with at least 6 consecutive episodes (season)
  • German broadcasters’ share cannot exceed 60%, not filmed in German, the maximum involvement may be 70%
  • Production costs per episode minimum €1.2 million
  • The German production costs must be at least 40% of the costs or at least €10 million (inapplicable if German costs for digital filmmaking exceed €3 million)
  • The series must be accessible in Germany on TV and/or VOD platform
  • In the case of series, funding up to €4 million is possible when German costs are at least €20 million

"Dark"

Contact Medienboard

  •  Kirsten  Niehuus

    Kirsten Niehuus

    Managing Director Film Funding

    Tel: +49 (0)331-743 87 10

    k.niehuus@medienboard.de

  •  Christian  Berg

    Christian Berg

    Coordinator Film Funding
    Commissioner for Cinemas, Distribution, International Co-Productions, Animation

    Tel: +49 (0)331-743 87 23

    c.berg@medienboard.de

  •  Anja  Dörken

    Anja Dörken

    Funding Advisor
    Newcomers, Development, Production

    Tel: +49 (0)331 74387 24

    a.doerken@medienboard.de

  •  Veronika  Grob

    Veronika Grob

    Funding Advisor
    Focus on Newcomers, High End Series, Development, Production

    Tel: +49 (0)331-743 87 21

    v.grob@medienboard.de

  •  Dr. Teresa  Hoefert de Turégano

    Dr. Teresa Hoefert de Turégano

    Funding Advisor
    International Co-Production, Development, Experimental Film

    Tel: +49 (0)331-743 87 25

    t.hoefert-de-turegano@medienboard.de

  •  Brigitta  Manthey

    Brigitta Manthey

    Funding Advisor
    Development, Production (especially Eastern European Co-Productions), German-Polish Film

    Tel: +49 331 743 87 22

    b.manthey@medienboard.de

  •  Daniel  Saltzwedel

    Daniel Saltzwedel

    Funding Advisor
    High End Series, Drama and Development and Production of documentary formats (national/international)

    Tel: +49 331 74387 80

    d.saltzwedel@medienboard.de

  •  Oliver  Zeller

    Oliver Zeller

    Funding Advisor
    Focus on International Co-Production, High End Series, Production, Development

    Tel: +49 (0)331-743 87 86

    o.zeller@medienboard.de

  •  Andrea  Mallwitz

    Andrea Mallwitz

    Assistance Film Funding

    Tel: +49 (0)331 74387 20

    a.mallwitz@medienboard.de

Contact BBFC

  •  Christiane  Raab

    Christiane Raab

    Head of Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission (bbfc)
    c.raab@medienboard.de

    Tel: +49 331 74387 30

    Mob: + 49 172 8533 838

    location@medienboard.de

  •  Mareike  Hube

    Mareike Hube

    Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission
    m.hube@medienboard.de

    Tel: +49 331 74387 30

    location@medienboard.de

  •  Daniel  Hasler

    Daniel Hasler

    Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission
    d.hasler@medienboard.de

    Tel: +49 331 74387 30

    location@medienboard.de

Whether issue at hand is feature film, highend drama series, television, advertising, or student film, the Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission (bbfc) is the first stop for film teams that want to shoot in the capital region. The commission provides the right agency contacts for film-permit applications, information on film-permitting procedures, and advice on film-location issues.

Contact Creative Europe Desk

  •  Susanne  Schmitt

    Susanne Schmitt

    Head of Creative Europe Desk Berlin-Brandenburg

    Tel: +49 331 74387 51

    info@ced-bb.eu

  •  Uta  Eberhardt

    Uta Eberhardt

    Creative Europe Desk Berlin-Brandenburg

    Tel: +49 331 74387 50

    info@ced-bb.eu

  •  Mirja  Frehse

    Mirja Frehse

    Creative Europe Desk Berlin-Brandenburg

    Tel: +49 331 74387 52

    info@ced-bb.eu

  •  Josephine  Meissner

    Josephine Meissner

    Assistance Creative Europe Desk Berlin-Brandenburg

    Tel: +49 331 74387 52

    j.meissner@ced-bb.eu

The Creative Europe Desk Berlin-Brandenburg is one of four MEDIA information offices in Germany, and is an important industry partner for all issues relating to the Creative Europe Programme. Producers, distributors, cinema operators, festivals and other companies in the audiovisual sector can here obtain information about MEDIA funding and assistance with submitting applications to Brussels. The MEDIA Programme is a part of Creative Europe, an EU programme for the support of  the audiovisual sector and Europe’s cultural and creative industries.