World Cinema Fund

Opportunities for Screenwriters

“Together with the Federal Foundation for Culture and in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, the Foreign Ministry and German producers, the World Cinema Fund works to develop and support cinema in regions with a weak film infrastructure, while fostering cultural diversity in German cinemas. The World Cinema Fund supports films that could not be made without additional funding: films that stand out with an unconventional aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an authentic image of their cultural roots.”


01. Who is the fund for?

According to their website:

"The World Cinema Fund supports exclusively the production and distribution of feature films and feature-length documentaries. The support is focused on the following regions and countries: Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caucasus as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia and Sri Lanka."

02. What is the primary criteria for film selection?

According to their website:

"The WCF accepts full-length feature films and creative feature-length documentaries, intended for theatrical release with a minimum length of 70 minutes. Short films are not eligible for the WCF funding."

03. What is the maximum that can be applied for?

According to their website:

"The maximum possible amount for production funding per project is €60,000.

The funding amount cannot exceed 50% of the total production costs.

If your submitted project is in post-production stage, the maximum amount you can apply is €40,000."

04. How long does the application process take?

According to their website:

"The Jury Meeting for the February / March submission deadline is normally taking place in late June or beginning of July.

The Jury Meeting for the July / August submissions is normally taking place end October or beginning of November."

05. Conditions

Please refer to the World Cinema Fund link below.

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