FFA in Brief

The FFA is Germany’s national film funding institution and supports all the interests of German cinema. Apart from its duties as a funding body, the FFA is the central service structure for the German film industry. Its budget is financed via the so-called film levy which is raised from, among others, the cinemas, the video industry and television. The FFA’s annual budget is around 76 million Euros.


Operating from the point of view of economic viability and culture, the FFA funds feature films at all stages of production and exploitation: from script development through production to distribution, sales and video distribution. Further support is made available for the funding of cinemas, the preservation of the film heritage, the reception and promotion of German cinema abroad, and for the provision of film education. Moreover, the FFA has a remit to support the collaboration between the film industry and the broadcasters in order to strengthen German feature film production. Furthermore, the FFA regularly collates, analyses and publishes the most important market data of Germany’s film, exhibition and video industries.


The management board runs the FFA’s business affairs on its own responsibility. Peter Dinges is the CEO; Christine Berg and Frank Völkert are his deputies. The FFA has a staff of 55 people. All fundamental issues within the FFA’s area of responsibility are decided upon by the Administrative Council consisting of 36 members. Its members are named – and subsequently appointed by the BKM – from:

  • the German Bundestag (Lower House),
  • the Bundesrat (Upper House),
  • the highest federal authority responsible for culture and media,
  • the trade associations of the film and video industry,
  • the public and private broadcasters,
  • the German Film Academy
  • the German Film Exporters Association (VDFE)
  • the trade unions
  • and the churches.

The Executive Committee consists of ten members elected from the Administrative Council and supervises the activities of the ManagementBoard. The chairman of the Administrative Council, the former State Minister for Culture and the Media Bernd Neumann, is at the same time the chairman of the Executive Committee.


The granting committee decides upon applications for film project funding. It consists of 12 members, appointed by the trade associations of the film and video industry (8), the broadcasters (2) and the German Bundestag and government. Members are appointed for a maximum period of three years. The granting committee has established several sub-committees and made them responsible for funds granting decisions.

There are six sub-committees for

  • script,
  • German-French Agreement,
  • distribution/marketing,
  • video,
  • cinema and
  • print funding.

Furthermore, the Administrative Council appointed

  • the Standards Committee
  • the Committee for International Cooperation and EU Affairs and
  • the Committee for Innovation and Structural Affairs (KIS).
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