Bavarian film fund rises to €40m for 2019

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FFF Bayern, Bavaria’s regional film fund, will see its budget for 2019 reach €40m following the federal state’s decision to increase its financial commitment by 10% to €22m this year.

Bavaria’s Digital Minister Judith Gerlach announced that - as FFF Bayern’s major shareholder - the federal state would be making an additional €1.5m available for film funding this year.

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“The competition in the area of film is enormous,” said Gerlach. “Therefore, it is important for me that Bavarian films can continue to keep pace - and also do this on screens outside of Bavaria.”

She had previously announced that FFF Bayern’s funding allocation for supporting the development and production of video games would be increased by €500,000 to a total of €3m this year.

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The regional fund’s other five shareholders, which contribute to its annual budget, are public broadcasters Bayerischer Rundfunk and ZDF; commercial channels ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL; and local media watchdog Bayerische Landeszentrale für Neue Medien.

The €2m hike confirms FFF Bayern’s pole position among the regional film funders in terms of budget. North Rhine-Westphalia’s Film- und Medienstiftung NRW ranks second with an annual budget of €35m.

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The good news from minister Gerlach continued as FFF Bayern revealed that its International Feature Films and Series funding programme had allocated €2.6m at its latest session to four international projects.

The funded projects include:

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