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NRW is one of Europe’s leading media regions. In order to consolidate this position and also prepare the local players specifically for the digital shift, the federal state supports the industry through numerous funding programmes and institutions. NRW is not only the federal state with one of the financially strongest regional funding programmes – its commitment to companies and projects of the Digital Economy, start-ups and young entrepreneurs ensures that there are excellent opportunities for development especially with the funding competition CreateMedia.NRW

Facts and figures

  • Film- und Medienstiftung NRW: one of the financially strongest regional film funds with an average funding volume of over 35 million euros
  • Creative Europe Desk NRW: EU funding programmes
  • Mediencluster NRW is managing the Mediennetzwerk.NRW
  • Mediengründerzentrum NRW provides a one-year grant
  • NRW.Bank as a partner for the media and creative industries: micro and start-up loans
  • NRW.Global Business: support for investors
  • six DigiHubs as point of contact for start-ups
  • federal state initiates 3 funds with 30 to 40 million euros

More information:

Funding & financing in NRW
Funding programmes by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
More about CreateMedia.NRW

Petra Müller
CEO Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
The development of NRW‘s media culture and media economy is our mission, and the funding of films, series, games and innovative formats our core competence. At the same time, we serve as the central port of call and networking agency for the whole industry and promote NRW as a creative and innovative region for film and media. An exciting and important task that we are pursuing with total commitment.
Felix Neugart
Managing Director NRW.Global Business
North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the strongest regions in Europe for media and the creative industries. NRW.Global Business supports companies on investment projects in North Rhine-Westphalia and the development of growth markets abroad. We use our global network to position the media hub internationally and strengthen the industry's competitiveness.
Marcus Ammon
Senior Vice President Original Productions Sky Deutschland
During my studies in Bochum, I got to know and love NRW's genuine tolerance and multi-layered creativity. I am now pleased with the Filmstiftung's commitment to its support of high-quality local series productions that can stand comparison with international hits.
Arnim Butzen
Head Commercial Management TV Telekom Deutschland
NRW is the home of Deutsche Telekom and an important media hub. At Magenta TV, we benefit every day from the diverse creative landscape and fantastic media infrastructure. As a cooperation partner of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, we are making a conscious decision to support local productions that are in high demand from our customers.
Rainer Weiland
Managing Director Mediengründerzentrum NRW
The Mediengründerzentrum is a development lab for the media region of NRW. We support start-ups in realising their visions - with bursaries, advice and a very strong network. 90 % of the funded start-ups are successful. That's good for the young companies - and for the development of a sustainable media industry.