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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 Germany‘s financially strongest funding institutions with an annual funding volume of 35 million euros
  • funding programme for digital content: games, web content, apps
  • funding programme for innovative TV formats
  • funding programme for graduation films
  • Creative Europe Desk NRW: EU funding programmes
  • grants for the development of web videos, documentaries and cinematic language
  • promotional awards and bursaries for start-ups and entrepreneurs
  • NRW.Bank as a partner for the media and creative industries: micro and start-up loans
  • NRW.Invest: support for investors
  • six DigiHubs as point of contact for start-ups
  • federal state increases its fund to support founders by 214 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.
Petra Wassner
CEO NRW.Invest
North Rhine-Westphalia is the leading media location in Germany. Companies will find outstanding location factors here: superb public transport links and infrastructure, a highly-defined research scene, a qualified workforce, and a unique quality of life.
Joachim Ortmanns
CEO Mediengründerzentrum NRW
The Mediengründerzentrum NRW supports, advises and helps forge contacts for founders in the field of content production. The more than 90 % successful start-ups reflect the level of innovation in NRW and also contribute to making NRW fit for the future.