In order to foster the wider international distribution of German films not only as cultural assets, but also to improve the market opportunities of German films in foreign countries, German Films Service + Marketing GmbH subsidizes the theatrical release of a foreign distribution company for the start of a German film in foreign countries.
The German Films Distribution Support funding program was established in 2005 in order to support foreign distributors releasing a recent German feature film or documentary in the cinema. As a rule, only such measures going beyond the distribution project already planned by the foreign distribution company (the Additional Promotion Measure) will qualify for subsidization. The maximum support of Euro 50,000 per film per country can be granted as a conditionally repayable loan, whose repayment depends on the success of the film in the cinema. Funding up to Euro 10,000 may also be granted as a subsidy. The German Films Distribution Support committee decides on each application individually and defines repayment thresholds (based on admission figures) for conditionally repayable loans.
The complete and correct application must be submitted at the latest two (2) months before the release of the film.
Through the German Films Distribution Support we hope to make German cinema a success in your country, too.
The dates next Distribution Support committee meeting and submission deadline will be announced here soon.