Story Development


Entry Deadlines

26 August - 9 September 2019
28 October - 11 November 2019

20 January - 3 February 2020
9 - 23 March 2020
1 - 15 June 2020
24 August - 7 September 2020
2 - 16 November 2020

Decision Allocation Commitee

9 October 2019
11 December 2019

11 March 2020
29 April 2020
22 July 2020
7 October 2020
16 December 2020

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").

Processing of Funding Recommendations

All documents for further funding processing in the case of a funding recommendation (e.g. contracts, revenue statements) must also be submitted exclusively via the online application portal.

The application for funding for dramaturgical consulting and the application for acceptance of a project funded by FFF Bayern in the field of story development are to be submitted together with the respective annexes exclusively via the online application portal. For these applications, the printed application form with the original signature must also be received by FFF Bayern as soon as possible.


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