The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM) supports the development and production of full-length feature films, documentaries, children's films and short films as part of its cultural film funding programme.
The aim of the funding is to strengthen the artistic standing of German film as well as its diversity.
Eligible to apply are producers of primarily German-financed productions. Depending on the project and the funding measure, up to € 500,000, in exceptional cases up to € 1 million, can be applied for. All funding amounts are non-repayable grants. Funded film projects must subsequently be released in cinemas The BKM's funding decisions are based on recommendations from independent juries.
Travel grants awarded as part of the German Film Awards are also non-repayable subsidies. They are earmarked and must be used for a follow-up project.