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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for a provisional project certificate in accordance with the Film Funding Act

Description

If you are involved in the production and distribution of German cinema films, you have the option of applying for funding aid for your project from the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA). For this you may need a preliminary 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 the latest two months before the start of filming, at the  Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) and submit it  with your application to the FFA. 

The preliminary project certificate serves to confirm 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 cinema 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 necessary 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 justification.
  • You can resubmit the application for a preliminary project certificate if the circumstances of your project have changed in such a way that your film is expected 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
D-65760 Eschborn

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 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Friday: 08:30 am – 03:00 pm

The film producer is entitled to apply, with 

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

Your film project must, if it is carried out as requested, 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 subtitle suitable for cinema. 
  • The subject of your film must be cultural, historical or social issues.
  • Your film must either
    • in German in Germany,
    • as a German entry in the main competition or
    • have been premiered in a side series at a festival.
  • Your film must meet at least two of the required cultural criteria.
  • For studio recordings you have to use studios and for production technology and post-production you have to use technical service providers who have their registered office in
    • Germany
    • another Member State of the European Union,
    • in a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, or 
    • in Switzerland.

Notes for international co-productions:

If, in the case of a joint production, at least one of the producers has his or her place of business or residence outside Germany, recognition must be granted in accordance with 

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

come into consideration.

If there is no bilateral or multilateral agreement or if no agreement is applicable, a significant 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 at a festival in Germany or as a German contribution. 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.

  • Annex "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 completed instructions for the corresponding forms.
     

The application for a preliminary project certificate must be submitted in good time, in the case of international co-productions or international co-financing, at least two months before the start of shooting.

Approximately 10 days, if 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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