Television broadcaster or program marketer; notification for film release

If you, as a broadcaster or programme marketer, show cinema films, you must pay a film levy under certain conditions.



Film levies must pay and report accordingly:

  • public television broadcasters
  • private television broadcasters
  • pay television broadcasters
  • programme marketers


You must report your net sales to the German Federal Film Board (FFA) by e-mail for the calculation of the film levy.

  • Register with the FFA. You will then receive an information sheet.
  • As a rule, further procedures and levy facts will be discussed and questions clarified in a telephone call.
  • Communicate your data accordingly by e-mail.
  • The FFA will calculate the amount of your levy.
  • You will receive a notice.
  • Pay the film levy in the fixed amount or issue the FFA with a SEPA direct debit mandate.


  • Once the FFA has identified you, you will usually be given 4 weeks to respond to questions and clarify the submission facts

Reporting and payment of the film levy:

  • Reporting of sales figures: annually by 31.7. of the following year
  • Payment of the film levy: semi-annually on 1 January and 1 July of each year

Processing time

  • Registration on the part of the FFA usually takes place within 1 week after final clarification of the submission facts.
  • After registration, you will usually receive the notice of film submission in December before the due date.

Required documents

  • Required Documents

    • if applicable, an excerpt from the commercial register


    • no costs for application/registration at the Filmförderungsanstalt and notification


  • Objection (1 month) against administrative acts (notices)
  • Action (1 month) against objection notices


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