Earlier this year, German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters announced an increase of the German federal film fund DFFF (press release in German only) and indicated that there would be further increases for 2018. The draft budget for 2018 passed by the German government then provided for a 75 million Euro increase of the DFFF from its current 50 million Euro to a total of 125 million Euro per year from 2018 on, to establish a new scheme within the DFFF (so-called "DFFF II"; please also see our April Newsletter for details).
As of Aug. 1, the new scheme, which is aimed specifically at major international and VFX-heavy theatrical productions, is live with an initial budget of 25 million Euro for the second half of 2017 (to be increased to 75 million Euro annually from 2018). Under the updated DFFF Guidelines, production service providers, such as production studios or VFX service providers responsible for commissioned films or film sequences, may now also submit applications under DFFF II. Theatrical films are eligible for funding under DFFF II if they have a minimum spend of eight million Euro on German production costs, with overall production costs of at least 20 million Euro. The subsidy amounts to 25 percent of recognized German production costs, the total of the subsidy is capped at 25 million Euro per project. As with the existing DFFF I, funding will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Please see here for more information.
DFFF I will continue to operate as a funding scheme with an annual budget of 50 million Euro, however, to better support producers of larger productions, funding was increased from 20 percent to 25 percent of recognized German production costs for projects with a German spend exceeding eight million Euro. Serial projects will remain excluded from DFFF. Please also see our brochure on the DFFF and other German subsidy schemes for film and series productions (as of February 2017) here.