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The cinema funding programme of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW supports cinemas in NRW who give adequate consideration to German and European cinema.

Who can apply?

  • Applications can be submitted by operators of North Rhine-Westphalian cinemas and screening venues as well the organisers of film programmes in North Rhine-Westphalia.

What are the conditions? How does it work?

Conversion and new construction

  • Conversion and new construction: the funding is in the form of a grant and/or loan for up to 30 % of the eligible costs.
  • Innovative marketing measures for cinemas: the funding is in the form of a grant for up to 50 % of the eligible costs.
  • Applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis.
  • The funding decisions are taken by the film funding committee which, as a rule, convenes five times a year.

Outstanding film programmes

  • Premiums of up to 20.000 Euros are awarded for outstanding film programme.
  • There is one deadline per year for the Cinema Programming Award.
  • A specially appointed jury decides on the cinemas to be awarded the Cinema Programming Award once a year.

Film presentations

  • Grants can be awarded for special film presentations and seasons.
  • Funding applications for the film presentations can be submitted on an ongoing basis.
  • The funding decisions for film presentations are taken by the CEO of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.


  • The information and documents required for the application are set out in the application forms.
  • A consultation with the responsible funding official should be held before submitting an application.

Service Centre

  • Submission dates and all further documents can be found here.


Britta Lengowski
Tel. +49-211-930 50-13