NRW offers optimum conditions for every film production – whether it is for international cinema with star casts or ambitious arthouse films, large-scale narrative cinema as well as for documentaries and animated films. Specialized, modern infrastructures and strong, creative networks guarantee every film project in NRW the right partners for the complete whole production process. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW is on hand as a reliable partner for the filmmakers when it comes to financing and strategic collaboration.

 Facts and figures

  • Film- und Medienstiftung NRW: one of the financially strongest regional film funds with an average funding volume of 40 million euros
  • first-class service providers for production and postproduction, highly qualified personnel
  • one of the largest, state-of-the-art film and TV studios in Europe
  • great diversity of unusual shooting locations
  • award-winning and commercially successful theatrical productions
  • the largest number of cinema screens in Germany
  • diverse festival and film event landscape: Film Festival Cologne, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Cologne Film Tradeshow, Film & Cinema Conference NRW, Duisburg Film Week, Internationales Frauen Film Fest Dortmund +
    Cologne, Kinofest Lünen, Documentary Day NRW, German Camera Award

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Film in NRW
Funding of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

Michael Weber
Managing Director The Match Factory
We create synergies between our sales company & Match Factory Productions for the production & international distribution of outstanding European arthouse cinema. Projects like "The Traitor" were partly shot in Cologne and sold internationally, with the Film- und Medienstiftung as a reliable partner.
Anita Elsani
Managing Director Elsani & Neary Media
The proximity to the various national borders, diverse landscapes and varied architecture, attractive film studios and an excellent postproduction and services infrastructure provide the best conditions.
Jonas Katzenstein
Producer augenschein Filmproduktion
The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, major broadcasters, first-class film schools, and funding for up-and-coming filmmakers unlike any other – if we hadn't been born here, we would have had to move here …
Wim Wenders
Director and Artist
North Rhine-Westphalia has a sensational treasure trove of locations. There are outstanding film technicians and crews. Each year, the Wim Wenders Foundation joins forces with the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW to award a scholarship to a young filmmaker. Innovative filmmaking therefore not only has tradition, but also foresight in NRW.
Bettina Brokemper
CEO Heimatfilm
My decision about location was made according to two principles: the patriotic local anthem sung by the Höhner, Dat Hätz vun de Welt, jo dat es Kölle (“Cologne is the heart of the world”, which I am quite happy to apply to the whole of NRW), and the application to film of Article 3 of the Cologne “constitution”: Et hätt noch immer jot jejange “Things have always turned out OK”. No film would ever be made without this basic conviction.
Stefan Arndt
CEO X Filme Creative Pool
An outstanding studio infrastructure, unusual locations and highly qualified filmmakers mark NRW out as being an important element in the German film landscape. Our successful production of "Babylon Berlin" and our new series "Wild Republic" would be inconceivable without the support coming from the Filmstiftung NRW, and, ultimately, that applies to all of X-Filme - none of this would be possible without NRW.
Christoph Friedel
Producer PANDORA Filmproduktion
PANDORA grew up with the media location NRW and the Filmstiftung, and we look forward to making more great films together as Best Ager.
Sönke Wortmann
CEO Little Shark Entertainment
In the last decades a highly competitive film and media industry with a unique profile has developed in NRW.
Ron Howard
Director, Producer, Author and Actor
We had a very successful shoot in Germany and much of it was due to the fantastic crew that Action Concept put together and the prep that they guided us through. I very much look forward to filming in Germany again sometime in the near future.
Michael Brink
Geschäftsführer LAVAlabs Moving Images
The location of NRW is very important for us as we can operate throughout Germany and Europe from here and the most important European metropolises are easily reached. Thus, we have an ideal catchment area for our core target group, the film industry. Düsseldorf is an important location for advertising agencies, commercials production companies and multi-national concerns, some of whom also number among our clients.
Jim Jarmusch
Director and Artist
Most personally, I want to thank all the amazing members of our crew and production for all their hard work, their invaluable contributions, and their incredible spirits. I will deeply miss working together with all these truly wonderful collaborators.
Helen Mirren
If you ever get the chance to shoot here, do it.
Ari Folman
A great land for filmmaking.
Christian Petzold
I grew up near to Düsseldorf on the Rhine. It's only become clear to me just recently that rivers and telling stories have something to do with one another. Growing up by a river seemingly influences one's creativity in some way or other.
Wolfgang Groos
NRW is more varied than any other region in Germany. As a consequence, I am constantly coming across extraordinary shooting locations. I think, though, that the special thing about shooting in NRW is also the people who live here. I have never heard of a complete film crew being provided with barbeque sausages by a local resident at half past two in the middle of the night. But I've experienced this in NRW.
Tom Tykwer
Making films in NRW means for me now: an evolved, comprehensive competence in all departments .... Many-faceted, contradictory and consequently interesting images of Germany .... The readiness to take artistic risks, face creative challenges .... and good blood sausage.
Tom Payne
I`m really happy to be here in NRW because I think it`s important that germany invests in his films which have the huge ambition that we had with the physician. And it´s showing that germany can produce these huge movies on a big scale and they can be very successful. And I hope that it opens the door for more productions like the physician because I think the crews are here and the talent is here to make it happen.
Peter Thorwarth
It is now 10 years since I moved back to NRW. A very fulfilling and productive time for me. The unpretentiousness of the region and its people is not merely a cliché, but a great inspiration for my work.
Stefan Schneider
Management & Producer Gruppe|5 Filmproduktion GmbH
It's thanks to the Filmstiftung NRW that there is now a production landscape here which can easily be compared with every other region in Germany. With each day, I always look forward each day to producing new films here with all of the wonderful skilled people.
Claudia Steffen
Managing Director Pandora Film Produktion
We are located in the middle of Europe in NRW – therefore, we have an integrative style of working and are always curious about the new. This is a strong inspiration for continuing to make great cinema. We want to keep finding nd holding on to our audience here and also tell diverse stories together with the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.
Melanie Andernach
Managing Director MADE IN GERMANY Filmproduktion
NRW supported me from the very beginning in my young career as a producer: first the ifs internationale filmschule köln, then the AV-Gründerzentrum and now the Filmstiftung NRW.
Regina Ziegler
CEO Zieglerfilm
Producing in NRW – often it used to be pure risk, but these days it is almost always sheer pleasure. The structures that have grown here in the last decades, most having been planted and tended by the Filmstiftung – that is what you could call a success story.
Margarethe von Trotta
Director and Actress
Perhaps it also has something to do with me because I went to school in Düsseldorf. I always love coming back to shoot in North Rhine-Westphalia, the people are nice and usually in a good mood, very important for collaboration without any hassle, and it doesn’t matter if it’s New York, Zurich or Berlin, you’ll find all the right locations in NRW.
Emily Atef
NRW Medienstiftung is a funding with a heart for arthouse and this is so important, especially today, when arthouse cinema remains so important and needs support to get the audience back into the cinemas! So first of all, thank you! I've met great people in NRW and I would definitely like to work with them again.
Wotan Wilke Möhring
Actor, Producer
Detmold is where I was born, Herne where I grew up, Cologne where I'm now living, Dortmund has the world's best football club and Düsseldorf the greatest film funding team. This here is home for me, and that's also because of the people. There isn't any whinging here, people just get on with things. And that's why really special film projects are regularly being made.