Story Development


Entry Deadlines

7 - 21 January 2019
11 - 25 March 2019
3 - 17 June 2019
26 August - 9 September 2019
28 October - 11 November 2019

Decision Allocation Commitee

27 February 2019
30 April 2019
24 July 2019
9 October 2019
11 December 2019

Story Development

For feature-length films and internationally marketable series, FFF Bayern supports the development of the screenplay or, in the case of a series, the screenplay for the first episode as well as the outlines for further episodes. Writers and producers based in Bavaria are eligible to apply if they are dealing with material developed by the applicant him/herself or for which the applicant him/herself has acquired the filming rights. The standard subsidy rate for fictional theatrical films and series is 30,000 euros. For the development of filmable script for elaborate documentary films, including research, the standard subsidy rate is 20,000 euros.


Application Process

The application for fictional theatrical films must be accompanied by a treatment with the entire plot as well as an elaborated cinematic dialogue scene. The application for series must be accompanied by a series concept, a detailed treatment and a cinematic dialogue scene for the first episode as well as ideas for the further episodes, a meaningful exposé and a concept for the cinematic implementation. If the scriptwriter is the applicant, the application must also be accompanied by a declaration of intent from a producer based in Bavaria confirming his/her intention to realize the film project. Support for story development does not give rise to a legal claim to support for a film project based on the supported script.

Applications for story development funding may be submitted for all five 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 how to submit applications can be found in the information sheet on Story Development Funding ("Merkblatt Stoffentwicklung").

Abwicklung bei Förderempfehlung

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.


Please use the online platform for submitting your application.


Application Portal


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

Contact Screenplay Funding

Adina Mungenast

Funding Executive Story Development Feature Films, Project Development Feature Filmsand Documentaries
+49 (0) 89 - 544 602 - 21

Sebastian Sorg

Funding Executive Virtual Reality Formats, Web Series, Story Development and Production Feature Documentaries
+49 (0) 89 - 544 602 - 21

Gabriele Pfennigsdorf

Deputy Managing Director, Funding Executive Story Development Series, Project Development and Production Television Films and Television Series, German-French Development Fonds
+49 (0) 89 - 544 602 - 21