The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) supports the development of production-ready, project-appropriate descriptions for documentary film projects with up to EUR 20,000.
In addition to improving the elaboration and development of cinematic documentaries, the funding serves to
financing and production partners for further project development and later realization of the film project. The focus of the material development funding is on thematically challenging cinema projects with an innovative and individual approach to realisation.
You will not receive funding
- if your project is already being funded elsewhere
- for projects that arise in the context of university education.
Eligible costs are:
- Author's fee in an appropriate amount
- Costs for rights acquisition and legal advice
- research and archiving costs, provided that the costs incurred can be substantiated
- travel expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Expenses Act (BRKG) and participation fees for project presentations at film trade fairs; both must be demonstrably directly related to the development of the material
- Translation costs
- Costs for the creation of a teaser or trailer
- Fees for dramaturgical consulting
- Costs for the creation of marketing and exploitation concepts and materials
After the project has been completed, you must provide evidence of what you have spent the funding on. To do so, you must keep all invoices and receipts related to the project costs.
You submit your application to the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).
You are not entitled to the grant.
Note for the current process:
You must keep the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) informed about your production process.
Note on other funding opportunities:
You can receive further funds for film projects through the various film funding programmes offered by the BKM.