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Applying for a provisional project certificate in accordance with the Film Support Act

Description

If you are involved in the production and distribution of German feature films, you have the opportunity to apply for funding from the German Federal Film Board (FFA) for your project. For this, you may need a provisional project certificate according to FFG.  

You apply for the provisional project certificate in good time, in the case of international co-productions or international co-financing, at least two months before the start of shooting, at the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) and submit it with your application to the FFA.

The provisional project certificate serves as confirmation that your film project, if it is carried out as requested, will meet the requirements of the FFG for recognition as a German film. The FFA decides whether and to what extent your film will be funded.

Note: The FFG is exclusively related to feature films. In principle, therefore, project certificates are only issued for German cinema films.

You can apply for the preliminary project certificate in writing:

  • Download the application form from the BAFA website and fill it out completely.
  • Then send it with the required documents exclusively by post to the responsible office in the BAFA.
  • As soon as you have provided all the information and the documents are complete, the BAFA will decide on your application.
  • After a positive examination, you will receive the preliminary project certificate by post.
  • If your film is not expected to meet the requirements, you will receive a letter with detailed reasons.
  • You can resubmit the application for provisional project certification if the circumstances of your project have changed in such a way that your film is likely to meet the general eligibility requirements.

Federal Office of Economics and Export Control
Unit 412 – Promotion of inter-company vocational training centres, film
Frankfurter Straße 29 – 35
65760 Eschborn, Germany

General:
06196 908-2128

German solo and co-productions
Phone: 06196 908-2856

International co-productions
Phone: 06196 908-2194

Service hours
Monday to Thursday: 08:30 am – 04:00 pm
Friday: 08:30 am – 03:00 pm

The film producer is entitled to apply, with

  • Domicile or registered office in Germany or
  • a branch in Germany,
    • if the place of residence or place of business is located in another Member State of the European Union,
    • in a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, or
    • in Switzerland.

If your film project is carried out as requested, it must meet the following requirements of the FFG for recognition as a German film:

  • The director of your film must:
    • be either German or German,
    • belong to the German cultural sector or
    • the nationality of another Member State of the European Union,
    • a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, or
    • of Switzerland.
  • In any case, a final version of your full-length film must be shot or dubbed in German. In the case of short films, a final version of the film must in any case be provided with a cinematic subtitling.
  • The subject of your film must be cultural, historical or social issues.
  • Your film must be either
    • in German language in Germany,
    • as a German entry in the main competition or
    • in a side row at a festival.
  • Your film must meet at least two of the required cultural criteria.
  • For studio recordings, you must use studios, and for production engineering and post-production, you must use technical service providers based in
    • Germany
    • another Member State of the European Union,
    • in a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, or
    • in Switzerland.

Information for international co-productions:

If, in the case of a co-production, at least one of the producers has his business or domicile outside Germany, recognition according to

  • the European Agreement on the Co-Production of Films, or
  • a bilateral or multilateral intergovernmental agreement

are eligible.

If there is no bilateral or multilateral agreement or if no agreement is applicable, a substantial financial participation of the German producer compared to the foreign participation as well as an appropriate artistic and technical participation is required. If there is a predominant German participation, your film must be premiered in German in Germany or as a German contribution at a festival. In addition, your film must meet at least two of the required cultural criteria. This also applies to recognition under a bilateral or multilateral agreement.

  • Appendix "Cultural criteria" or, if recognition under the European Agreement is sought: "Proof of European elements"
  • Co-production contract
  • Financing plan
  • Staff list
  • You can also find out which documents are required in your case in the instructions for completing the corresponding forms.
     

The application for preliminary project certification must be submitted in good time, in the case of international co-productions or international co-financing, no later than two months before the start of shooting.

Approximately 10 days, provided the application is complete.

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: no

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance required: no

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Office of Economics and Export Control

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