Since 1996, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern is responsible for film funding in Bavaria. The Free State of Bavaria, the BLM (Bavarian regulatory authority for commercial broadcasting), the public television broadcasters Bayerischer Rundfunk and ZDF, and the private broadcasters RTL and ProSiebenSat1 are all shareholders.
The FFF Bayern has the goal of developing the film funding system, both in terms of quality as well as quantity. Through this funding instrument, the production location of Bavaria can consolidate and further develop its outstanding position. In the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern the film industry has gained a partner who can give them comprehensive advice, monitoring and funding.
For the production funding of films for the cinema and television, the “Bavaria effect” applies, according to which the applicant must spend at least 1.5 times the granted loan amount in Bavaria. In addition, Bavarian Bank Funds (BBF), founded in the year 2000, finances films for cinema in production and distribution.
In addition to its funding activities, the FFF Bayern provides extensive consulting and information for the film and television branches. The Film Commission Bayern supports local and foreign production companies while filming in Bavaria. FFF Bayern rounds its service and information with the industry publication Film News Bayern, a continuously updated website and numerous events, as well as participation at important festivals and staging of Bavarian Film Weeks abroad.