Cinema project funding; application

If you invest in the modernisation or improvement of cinemas or in new cinema buildings, you can apply for a subsidy under certain conditions.



Applications can be submitted by

  • Cinema operators in Germany
  • For measures of contractually agreed cooperation between cinemas, for exceptional advertising and marketing measures and for media education support, institutions close to the industry and based in Germany are also eligible to apply.


You must submit the application online and in writing to the German Federal Film Board (FFA).

  • Arrange a personal or telephone consultation with the FFA in advance. During this meeting, you will receive important information about the requirements and application process. You will also have the opportunity to clarify any open questions.
  • Submit your application online. Fill out the application electronically. Print it out and sign it. Send the application and all documents to the FFA by post.
  • Your application will be processed and reviewed by the FFA's funding department.
  • Your application will be submitted to the Commission for Cinema Funding.
  • The Commission decides whether to approve or reject the application.
  • You will be notified of the decision by mail in the form of a notice of approval or rejection.
  • Depending on the amount of funding, the funding will be paid in one or 4 instalments according to the percentage shown in the notice of approval.
  • After completion of the measure, you must submit all invoices and a factual report to the FFA for verification.


  • Application: all year round / ongoing


Applications should be submitted 10 to 12 weeks prior to the Cinema Funding Commission meeting, depending on the submission deadline. The meeting dates are announced on the FFA website. If the start of the measure is prior to the notice of grant, an application for early start of the measure must be submitted.

  • Written submission of the signed application with the required documents: 5 days after submitting the application via the online application management system
  • Calling of the subsidies: within 6 months after receipt of the notice of approval.

The term of the loan depends on the loan amount. The maximum term is 10 years.

Processing time

  • Four commission meetings are held per year, with the submission deadline approximately 10 to 12 weeks before the meeting. The decisions are sent out after the meeting.
  • Applications for advice to cinemas, funding of short film programmes or media education support are approved on an ongoing basis, irrespective of the meetings. It is recommended that the application be submitted to the FFA at least 6 weeks before the contract is awarded.

Required documents

  • Required Documents

    When submitting your application, you must submit:

    • Cost and financing plan
    • Cost estimates or a cost calculation signed by the architect according to DIN 276
    • Information about rental, lease or ownership conditions
    • Current excerpt from the commercial register or association register of the applicant (not older than 1 year)
    • In the case of new buildings or large extension projects: a copy of a profitability calculation by a tax advisor or auditor
    • Exact description of the measure

    Measures to create accessibility must be submitted separately as independent applications.

    If your application has been approved, you must submit for payment

    • if applicable, the signed annex to the notice of approval
    • a fully completed instalment request form signed by the authorised representative with details of the bank account, power of attorney if applicable
    • invoices (copies) that can be clearly assigned to the funded measure


  • none


  • opposition
  • administrative claim


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