Distribution Support

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.

First-time applicants are strongly advised to contact Anne Heidebrecht before sending in applications in order to avoid unnecessary delays due to incomplete or incorrect applications.

Please note
: German-international co-productions are not automatically eligible for Distribution Support. Please contact Anne Heidebrecht to obtain further requirements and regulations regarding the support of German-international co-productions.

Please also be aware that films which have received marketing or travel support from German Films are not automatically eligible for Distribution Support.

Through the German Films Distribution Support we hope to make German cinema a success in your country, too.

Please submit all applications for Distribution Support to Anne Heidebrecht.

The next Distribution Support committee meeting will be held on 4 December 2018.

Submission deadline for applications is 12:00 noon (CET) on 23 November 2018.