Applications are accepted from producers and filmmakers, distributors and broadcasters who have their headquarters in North Rhine-Westphalia.
In very exceptional circumstances, applications for production funding from outside of NRW may also be supported. A German co-producer is required for international projects.
What are the conditions?
The focus of funding is on low-budget projects of all genres: short films, documentaries, feature films, experimental films and animated films.
Funding applications can be made respectively for screenwriting, pre-production, production, postproduction as well as distribution and sales.
The support is awarded in the form of a grant.
How does it work?
A consultation is required before submitting an application.
The information and documents required for an application are set out in the application forms.
In the event that a project application is not selected, the applicants can find about the reasons behind the decision at a hearing held with the funding committee.
A project may be submitted for funding on no more than two occasions.
Independent funding committees convene three times each year to decide on production funding, and they meet twice a year for distribution and sales support. These committees, composed of industry experts proposed by Filmbüro NW e.V., are constituted anew for each funding session.
Submission dates and all further documents can be found here.