The promotion of young and upcoming talent requires a special form of production support, which is designed to help young talents make their first steps in their professional lives. An annual total of EUR 1.6 million is available for up and coming film makers in the form of production support, which as a rule is awarded as a grant and not in the form of a loan.
Graduation films of students of the University of Television & Film Munich (HFF München) and the Macromedia Hochschule für Medien und Kommunikation (MHMK) in Munich are supported with a total sum of 600,000 € per year; the sum of individual applications for short and feature films may not exceed 50,000 €. A confirmation from the University must accompany the application. Student practice films are not eligible for funding.
First Feature films
First feature films of graduates of the HFF München and the MHKM in Munich are supported with a total sum of 850,000 € per year. At the time of application, the student’s graduation date may not be more than five years in the past. A certificate of graduation from the University must accompany the application.
In exceptional situations, combined graduation/first feature films of students from the University of Television & Film Munich (HFF München) and the Macromedia Hochschule für Medien und Kommunikation (MHMK) may also receive funding. The amount applied for may not exceed 150,000 €.
"Other" Up-and-coming film makers
Talented young filmmakers, who did not study at a film academy or university, can also receive financial support in the category “other” up-and-coming support. The filmmaker must have completed schooling or vocational training and have gained professional experience in the film industry. Filmmakers who intend to apply to a film academy are not eligible for support. Feature and short films may receive funding, however in the case of short films, the amount applied for may not exceed 25,000 €; in the case of feature films the amount applied for may not exceed 30,000 €.