The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW supports films for cinema and television at all stages of production and distribution as well as the development of innovative audiovisual content.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie, Stephen Daldry’s The Reader, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, Ron Howard’s Rush and Jim Jarmush’s Only Lovers left alive – these are only a few examples for international star cinema, shot on location or in studio with experienced crews, as well as films by internationally acclaimed German directors like Wim Wenders, Tom Tykwer or Margarethe von Trotta supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. With an annual budget of about 35 million Euros in more than 20 years the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW backs filmmaking for cinema and television in production and distribution and has supported around 1,800 films.

What kind of projects?
>          feature films, documentaries as well as high quality TV projects

Who can apply?
>          only producers are eligible
>          a German co-producer is needed, ideally from NRW

What are the main conditions?
>          support in the form of a conditionally repayable interest free loan
>          spend in the region of a minimum of 150%
>          support may not exceed 50% of the German share
>          producer’s investment of a minimum of 5% of the budget is required
>          the project must not have started before the application’s submission
>          combination of different funds is possible, including the German Federal Film Fund

How does it work?
>          support is based on a jury decision
>          submission deadlines for projects five times a year
>          entry forms, guidelines and deadlines see

Funding schemes
>          development and pre-production
>          funding for feature and TV film production
>          distribution and sales


Christina Bentlage
Head of Film Funding
Tel. +49-211-930 50-20
Helga Binder
Deputy Head of Film Funding
Tel. +49-211-930 50-75