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The German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) is an important source of funding for many German and international cinema projects. The funding scheme offered by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) provides a sound basis for film-makers and production service providers wishing to produce culturally and commercially successful films. In this way, the DFFF helps Germany's film industry compete in a global market and has made Germany a very attractive place to produce films, also internationally.

DFFF subsidies offer incentives for producers from all over the world to work with German partners and shoot films in Germany. The DFFF has supported numerous international productions made in Germany by renowned directors such as Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino, starring among others Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet or Keanu Reeves. These productions are examples of the high quality of film production in Germany, which offers not only numerous different and attractive locations but also modern film studios with innovative and cutting-edge technology and highly trained and experienced talents both in front of and behind the camera.

At the same time, the DFFF scheme enables the production of a wide range of small- and medium-sized projects. The possibility to acquire additional funding for their projects makes our German producers and production service providers attractive and allows them to compete in the international market. German-made films are attracting more attention on the domestic and international festival circuits and also doing well at the box office.
The BKM is also committed to funding environmentally sustainable productions, a concern included in the DFFF scheme as early as 2017.

The results of the DFFF speak for themselves: Since its introduction in 2007, the DFFF I scheme gave a total of €832 million in subsidies to 1,578 film productions. In 2017, the DFFF II scheme was introduced under which another 19 film productions received roughly €133 million in support. The schemes attracted additional subsequent investment of €5.5 billion in Germany. So every euro from the Fund leads to another six euros being invested in Germany. This means that we have a good framework in place for a stable and effective scheme which has become a lasting and basic element of funding for making theatrical films.