We want to support creatives in developing film projects who may otherwise struggle to get their voices heard and their stories told and thus contribute to social change and freedom of expression.
We believe that independent media and responsible journalism are essential worldwide. Given Germany's history, we believe that people should be able to freely express their views and have access to independent sources of information. We consider this to be an important prerequisite for peace and democracy.
We offer filmmakers a combination of financial support (maximum 10,000€) for the development of projects up to production stage and a tailor-made training program.
To be able to apply, you must fulfill two main eligibility requirements:
What is being supported?
Eligible formats are narrative, documentary or hybrid feature-length films (at least 60 minutes) currently in development.
The fund focuses on the development stage of a film’s overall production. This is the phase for creating ideas, writing screenplays, acquiring financing, contracting rights, etc.
Development activities eligible for funding include, but are not limited to: work on a screenplay; research (travel); production of a mood reel; participation in labs (lab and travel fees); acquiring financing for production (work on further funding applications, travel to festivals, etc.); location and/or character/protagonist scouting, etc.
Is my project eligible to receive support?
Your project is eligible to receive support if:
If you are unsure whether your planned activities are eligible for funding, please contact DW Akademie: [email protected]
For more details, visit DW Akademie website.