In order to strengthen the global competitiveness of German cinema, the German Federal Film Board FFA provides 1 million Euros per year for the financing of international co-productions of exceptional quality with a minority participation from Germany.
Producers who are based in Germany can apply to the FFA for interest-free, conditionally repayable loans of up to 400,000 Euros. Funding is available for feature-length fiction, animation, and documentary films with a theatrical release in Germany and the country of origin.
The German minority contribution must be at least 10 percent. The total production costs of the feature film should be at least 2 million Euros with a German minimum share of 350,000 Euros. For documentaries, the budget should amount to at least 700,000 Euros with a minimum share of 150,000 Euros from Germany.
At least 50 percent of the financing in the country of origin must be secured at the time of application.
Principal photography may not have commenced before the application is submitted.
The FFA places particular emphasis on funding high-quality projects with strong potential to participate in international A-list festivals and to perform successfully at the German and international box-office.
Producers can submit their applications for the Minority Co-Production Fund via the FFA website. The committee for production and script funding usually takes decisions two times a year.