Project Development


Entry Deadlines

08th January - 22nd January 2024
04th March - 18th March 2024
03rd June - 17th June 2024
23rd September - 07th October 2024

Decision Allocation Commitee

06th March 2024
08th May 2024
24th July 2024
27th November 2024


Project Development

Before the actual production phase, producers can apply for project development funding for both theatrical and television films and series. The grant is awarded as a conditionally repayable, interest-free loan. It can amount to up to 70% of the calculated project development costs. The maximum rate for theatrical and television films is 100,000 euros. The maximum rate for series is 150,000 euros. If production funding is granted for the project, the loan is credited against this amount. Producers with a registered office, branch office or place of business in Germany are eligible to apply.

Bavaria Effect

The amount of the subsidy should be used as far as possible in Bavaria. The Bavaria effect specified by the producer in the application must at least be achieved and, in the case of a funding recommendation, will become part of the funding contract. 


The application for theatrical and television films must be accompanied by a screenplay or a filmable script. The application for series must be accompanied by a series concept, a script for the first episode and outlines for further episodes. All applications must also be accompanied by a calculation, a financing plan, proof of acquisition of the filming rights and a realization concept. Support for project development does not give rise to any legal entitlement to further support for the project.

Applications for project development funding can be submitted for all four FFF funding meetings in one year exclusively via the online application portal. Before submitting an application, the responsible funding officer must be contacted by telephone or in person. Detailed information on submission can be found in the information sheet on Project Development Funding ("Merkblatt Projektentwicklung").


Please use the online platform for submitting your application.

Application Portal


Information Sheets, Entry Deadlines and Guidelines regarding Project Development can be downloaded here.


Saskia Wagner

Funding Executive Production Television Films and Television Series, Project Development Television Films and Series, International Series

Dr. Silvia Tiedtke

Funding Executive Project Development for Feature Films, Story Development for Feature Films and Series