Filmstiftung NRW

Institution: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW


Filmstiftung NRW funds films both for cinema and television in all phases of creation and exploitation: from the development of the original story idea to production and distribution.

Funding schemes:

  • development and pre-production
  • production of feature and TV films
  • distribution and sales

Who can apply


  • only producers are eligible
  • a German co-producer is needed, ideally from NRW


  • feature films
  • documentaries
  • high quality TV projects

Funding available

Main conditions:

  • support in the form of a conditionally repayable interest free loan
  • spend in the region of a minimum of 150%
  • support may not exceed 50% of the German share
  • producer's investment of a minimum of 5% of the budget is required
  • the project must not have started before the application's submission
  • combination of different funds is possible, including the German Federal Film Fund

Contact details

Christina Bentlage
Head of Film Funding
Tel: +49 211 930 5020 Email:

Helga Binder
Deputy Head of Film Funding/International Co-Productions
Tel: +49 211 930 5075 Email:

Sylvie Landgraf
Tel: +49 211 930 5020

Eligible candidates

  • Company based in the region
  • Local Co-producer

Types of funding available

  • Development and Production Support
  • Distribution/Sales
  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Project Development

Applications accepted from