More than half of the FFF's support funds are allocated to the production of theatrical films. The production can be supported with up to 30% of the bona fide production costs. The maximum subsidy sum is 2 million Euros. The support is awarded as a conditionally repayable loan and is disbursed in installments.
Producers with a registered office or branch office in Germany may apply. Producers based outside of Germany may access by way of a German co-producer.
Additional to the regular financing support from FFF Bayern, the Bavarian Goverment approved a special program for the financing of international co-productions of theatrical films with an annual volume of three million Euros. In exceptional cases, grants amounting to a total of 500,000 Euros per year may be awarded to executive producers responsible for the digital image design (VFX) of large international co-productions. Applications may be submitted at any time. Projects which have already been presented to the general awards committee may not be submitted to the special program. For further information please check the Guidelines International Co-Productions.
At least 1.5 times the amount of the afforded loan must be spent in Bavaria. Should a larger Bavarian Effect be required in the application, adherence to this requirement must be proven.
Equity Ratio and Equity Capital
The producer must provide an appropriate share of the financing. The equity ratio may be fulfilled in the form of distribution minimum guarantees, the sale of television licensing, personal contribution or personal equity capital. With the exception of prize monies, other film funding support may be not be used as equity capital. Equity capital should amount to a minimum of 5% of the calculated production costs, and in the case of co-productions, 5% of the submitting producers financial co-production shares.
Return payments from loans to the FFF maybe be used again within a three-year time span by the producer for a new project (revolving funds). These achievement loans can be accessed from the FFF in an informal procedure.
The application must be accompanied by a valid contract or a Deal Memo with a German distributor. Additional constituent parts include: screenplay, short synopsis, a calculation, a finance plan with proof of financing, verification of adaptation rights, as well as a list of cast and crew members.
Applications for support for the production of feature-length films may be submitted throughout the year for all FFF allocation committee meetings. Please contact the responsible funding consultant either per telephone or personally prior to application submission.
Bavarian Bank Fund
Upon recommendation by FFF Bayern, films expecting considerable economic success may apply for additional funds from the BavarianBankFund. This form of financing is disbursed as a conditionally repayable loan, to which interest is applied. The loan is made by the LfA Förderbank. The requested financing can be up to 100% of the already issued FFF funding for the project. The maximum funding amount is 1 million Euros.