Germany

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PRODUCTION INCENTIVES:
German Federal Filmboard (FFA): The country’s biggest film subsidy org grants financing in the form of conditionally repayable, interest-fee loans of between $320,000 and $1.27 million as long as a German-based producer is attached. Producers’ own investment must amount to at least 15% of the budget. Film production subsidies granted in 2005 totaled $51 million.
Other projects are selected based on the commercial and artistic success of producers’ past projects.
Filmstiftung North Rhine-Westphalia: Film grants are available to both local and international producers. Subsidies are limited to 50% of the film’s overall budget. Recipients must spend at least 150% of subsidy money in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Film production subsidies granted in 2005 totaled $25.5 million.
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg: Available to local and international productions as long as a producer has an office in the region. High-profile projects and films in which Berlin plays a major role are likely to get significantly more. Film production subsidies granted in 2005: $19 million.
FilmFernsehFonds Bayern At least 150% of the funds must be spent in Bavaria. Producers applying to the FFF must be based in Germany. Foreign producers can only access FFF cash by submitting an application through a local partner. Film production subsidies granted in 2005: $15 million.

KEY CONTACTS:

  • German Federal Film Board (FFA): Web: ffa.de; Email: jochum@ffa.de; Phone: +49 30 275 77522; Contact: Katja Jochum
  • Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg: Web: medienboard.de; Email: c.berg@medienboard.de; Phone: +49 331 743 8723; Contact: Christian Berg
  • Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen: Web: filmstiftung.de; Email: info@filmstiftung.de; Phone: +49 211 930500; Contact: Claudia Droste-Deselaers
  • FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF): Web: fff-bayern.de; Email: nikolaus.prediger@fff-bayern.de; Phone: +49 89 5446 0212; Contact: Nikolaus Prediger

IN FOCUS:
Premiering at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Paul Verhoeven’s “Black Book” (Zwartboek) recounts the story of a Jewish woman who joins the Dutch Resistance. Pic marks the Dutch helmer’s return to his native Holland.
It’s a classic European co-production headed by Dutch company Fu Works. Pic’s other producers/financiers include Germany’s Egoli Tossell Film, VIP Medienfonds and Studio Babelsberg; Dutch shingle Hector; and the U.K.’s Clockwork Pictures. The E17 million ($22 million) production received nearly $2.2 million in funding from German subsidies Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the Federal Film Board (FAA), including more than half a million for development.
“Black Book” also received additional coin from the Netherlands Film Fund, CoBo Fund, European funding org Eurimage and German broadcaster ProSiebenSat 1.

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