Extended Realities; application for funding

The Free State of Bavaria promotes the development of high-quality and particularly innovative XR formats. To strengthen Bavaria as a media location, the program supports the presentation of XR projects developed in Bavaria at selected festivals and conferences.


To strengthen the creative potential of the film and media industry as well as media art in Bavaria and to develop a diverse media, art and cultural landscape in Bavaria with immersive content, developers and producers, filmmakers and artists are to be given the opportunity to break new innovative and creative ground with XR applications while at the same time achieving special quality. The aim is to contribute to strengthening the digital cultural and audiovisual sector in Europe.

The term Extended Realities (XR) covers immersive content for Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) and immersive sound projects.

The FFF Bayern already supports virtual reality projects as part of its games funding and also narrative and 360-degree content that is produced with or without the involvement of a broadcaster/platform in Bavaria. These opportunities will continue to exist in the future: 360-degree films and narrative VR formats as well as digital games will continue to be funded in the established funding programs. What is new about XR funding is the extended levels of reality in addition to pure VR and its content, as well as additional aspects. The projects can also be interactive (see also "Further links").


The application must be submitted in writing to FFF Bayern GmbH. Applications received on time and in the correct form with the prospect of a positive funding decision will be invited to a pitch. Following a positive decision by the independent awards committee, a funding agreement will be concluded with LfA Förderbank Bayern.

The application for funding for presentations at international conferences and festivals requires an invitation from the festival or conference and is submitted informally.


Submission for funding is only possible during the respective submission period. This usually lasts two weeks and ends on its last day at 18:00. As this is a cut-off deadline, even slightly late applications can no longer be included on the agenda of the award committee meeting. It is therefore strongly recommended that applications be submitted to FFF Bayern by the penultimate day of the submission deadline at the latest. The FFF Bayern submission deadlines are published on the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern website and must be adhered to (see "Further links").

Submission for funding for presentation at festivals and conferences is possible on an ongoing basis.

Processing time

usually five weeks

Required documents

  • pitch deck

  • Calculation

  • Financing plan

  • Proof of required rights

  • Further documents depend on the respective funding area



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