The aim of the World Cinema Fund is to support films from regions whose cinematography is endangered by political and/or economic crises. The distribution support is intended to give them worldwide visibility and thus, the WCF also contributes to the diversity in German cinemas.
The projects to be supported should deal with the specific realities of their region/country and contribute to the development of the local film industry.
The central selection criterion is the artistic quality of the projects. Special consideration is given to innovative projects that tell powerful stories and are committed to the development of a creative film language that is exceptional in terms of content and outstanding in terms of artistry, that have chances of international success and promise development impulses for the film culture of their origin. Furthermore, projects whose completion is of cultural-political relevance.
Who can apply?
The programme is aimed at German distributors (and World Sales) who want to release a feature-length film (feature film or creative documentary) from the WCF regions/countries (78 KB) in German cinemas. All films from WCF regions/countries are eligible. It is not a prerequisite that the film has previously received production funding from the WCF.
German distributors can apply for distribution funding not exceeding 10,000 Euros for the distribution of films from the WCF regions/countries in Germany. The funding cannot exceed 50 percent of the total distribution costs
The following documents must be submitted upon application:
- The filled in submission form (148 KB)
- Distribution company profile
- Description of distribution strategy
- Detailed distribution budget in Euros
- Financing plan and recoupment schedule in Euros
- Financial agreements and/or letters of intent from financing partners
- Distribution agreement
- Final cut (in English or French or with English or French subtitles) on DVD