• Update: German Film Fund DFFF Expecting Substantial Increase to 125 Million Euro
  • May 12, 2017 | Authors: Viola Bensinger; Christoph Enaux; Stefan Lütje
  • Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Berlin Office
  • After the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Monika Grütters, had announced on February 9 an increase of the German federal film fund DFFF by 25 million Euro (press release in German only) and had indicated further increases for 2018, such additional increases have now begun to take form. The draft budget for 2018 passed by the German government on March 15 provides for a substantial increase of the DFFF from its current 50 million Euro to a total of 125 million Euro per year (for 2018 and the following years).
    The 75 million Euro increase would include the initially announced increase, and would go to a new scheme within the DFFF (so-called "DFFF II"), available from summer 2017 and aimed specifically at major international and VFX-heavy theatrical productions. Serial projects will, however, remain excluded from the DFFF. Further details remain to be determined, and the increase as part of the government's draft budget for 2018 is still subject to being confirmed in the final budget, which will only happen after the German elections this fall. Upcoming production projects currently looking at funding opportunities should certainly keep an eye out for further news and developments. Please also see our brochure on the DFFF and other German subsidy schemes for film production.