Founded in 1991 and with an annual funding volume of more than 30 million euros the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW is one of the financially strongest regional film funding institutions in Germany and Europe. Among its shareholders are WDR and the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as ZDF and RTL. Its goal is to promote the film and media culture as well as the film and media industry in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW is the central contact point for media in NRW. It provides funding for films for cinema and television in all stages of production and exploitation as well as the development of innovative media content and further formats. Apart from funding measures, the Filmstiftung’s brief also includes the marketing, development and networking of the region NRW.

Within its responsibility for film and media in the federal state, the Filmstiftung NRW also holds interests in numerous institutions and companies: Mediencluster NRW, ifs internationale filmschule köln, Mediengründerzentrum NRW, Grimme-Institut and German Films.