Berlinale: WCF Europe Programme


Application Deadlines

  • Production funding: July 17, 2017
  • Applications for distribution funding support can be submitted continually.


With the new funding programme WCF Europe we will retain the current successful funding structures of the World Cinema Fund. WCF Europe will operate in the production and distribution funding fields as well, but opening up the WCF support to companies from European countries participating to the MEDIA sub-programme.

That means within this new programme, film projects can be submitted by companies from the WCF Europe eligible regions and countries in cooperation with a company from European countries participating to the MEDIA sub-programme, and vice versa. The European partner would become the administrative recipient of the WCF Europe funding.

The main criteria remain the same: WCF Europe will support the realization of films (feature-length fiction films and creative documentaries) from WCF Europe eligible regions and countries. The premises of the selection are the artistic quality and the content of the projects as well as their feasibility.

The WCF Europe eligible regions and countries are the same as for the World Cinema Fund (Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Southeast Asia, as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) plus – only for WCF Europe - Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine.

List WCF Europe eligible regions and countries, PDF (165 KB)
List Countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme, PDF (151 KB)


From a geographical standpoint, the profile of the international co-production landscape still requires extensive development. Some European countries have been playing the leading role for decades in international co-productions with non-European regions, including countries that lack a constructive and consistent film industry. WCF Europe wants to encourage a further democratisation of the international co-production landscape.

WCF Europe does not intend to ignore innovative projects from the most active countries in recent decades (which are usually also the countries with the most developed film industries), with the best training and production facilities. The new WCF Europe programme will, however, champion a further democratisation of the international co-production landscape.

This is why special consideration will be given to funding projects by production companies from countries with the lowest production capacity inside the eligible WCF Europe regions and / or to European countries who are not yet fully involved in international co-productions.


Aiming at a more effective circulation of films from the WCF Europe eligible regions, the WCF wants to strengthen the communication and networking structures between international distributors. This is especially important given that in order to receive distribution funding from WCF Europe, the films from the WCF regions and countries will need to be submitted by a joint group of at least three distributors – including a European one, and at least one from a WCF Europe eligible region / country.

As one of the first steps the WCF is developing the so-called WCF Europe Distributors’ Network”. This will give international distributors the opportunity to get in touch with colleagues from other territories and to share information about possible common distribution strategies and the circulation of the films in their respective territories.

The second step is to establish the initiative “First Look: Rough Cut”, which will offer online screening opportunities of WCF-supported films at the advanced stages of post-production, with the goal of bringing together producers and possible buyers / distributors from Europe and other territories – members of the “WCF Europe Distributors Network”.

For more information about the “WCF Europe Distributors’ Network” and “First Look: Rough Cut”, please contact .

The WCF aims to support projects that are structured as international co-productions between the countries of origin and European countries (respectively countries participating to the MEDIA sub-programme) and that are at a very advanced stage at the time of applying, which will preferably be ready to go into production within three months of the jury’s funding decision.

Funding amount:

  • Maximum funding: 60,000 Euro per project and / or 50% of the total production costs
  • The total production costs of the supported projects should lie between 200,000 Euro and 1,000,000 Euro
  • The funding must be spent on the production of the film in the aforementioned regions

Required documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Two-page synopsis
  • Script in English or French (in the case of documentary films, an in-depth treatment and a detailed outline of the visual concept suffice)
  • Director’s statement and a description of the director’s visual concept
  • The director’s CV
  • The writer’s CV
  • Profile / filmography of the production companies
  • Proof of rights ownership
  • Detailed budget in Euro
  • A financial plan in Euro and copies of co-production contracts if applicable
  • Financing agreements and/or letters of intent from financing partners
  • Co-production / co-operation agreement(s) or deal memos
  • Rights clearance
  • The director’s previous films on DVD (5 copies) in English or French or with English or French subtitles

To be eligible to receive WCF Europe Distribution support, films must be from the WCF Europe eligible regions and countries, submitted by a joint group of at least three international distributors (with at least one participant in the MEDIA sub-programme and at least one from a WCF Europe eligible region / country).

Funding amount

  • Maximum funding: 30,000 Euro (total amount for the release of the film in all the (it must be at least three) countries involved, with a maximum of 15,000 Euro per distribution territory).
  • The funding cannot amount altogether to more than 50% of the film’s release costs in all (at least three) applicants' countries.
  • The funding will be solely granted to cover the costs of releasing the film in all (at least three) co-applicants' countries.

Required documents

  • Completed application form
  • Two-pages synopsis
  • Company Profiles of all involved Distribution Companies
  • Description of Distribution Strategy for each involved territory
  • Detailed Distribution Budget for each involved territory
  • Financing Plan and Recoupment Schedule for each involved territory
  • Financial Agreements and/or letters of intent from financing partners for each involved territory
  • Distribution Agreements from all involved Distribution Companies
  • Final Cut on DVD (5 copies) in English or French or with English or French subtitles

(Please contact Linda Kirmse to check eligibility for WCF Europe before submitting a project.)

The World Cinema Fund is an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office and with further support by the Goethe Institute.

The special programme WCF Europe was created with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
Thanks to additional funding from the German Federal Foreign Office, the special programme WCF Africa was started in 2016.


Project Manager
Vincenzo Bugno

Finance and Administration Manager
Miriam Agritelli

Assistance Project Management
Isona Admetlla

Assistance – Funded Projects
Antje Glawe

WCF Europe Programme
Linda Kirmse

Potsdamer Str. 5
10785 Berlin
phone +49 30 25920-516
fax +49 30 25920-529