Berlinale: FAQs

World Cinema Fund
Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find answers on the most frequently asked questions around the funding of the WCF. If you do not find an adequate answer for you questions please don't hesitate to contact the WCF:

The WCF accepts full-length feature films and creative feature-length documentaries, intended for theatrical release with a minimum length of 70 minutes. Short films are not eligible for the WCF funding.

No, you can’t. The WCF can only accept submissions from:

  • Film production companies from a WCF eligible region (see below)
  • Film production companies based in Germany who can confirm a cooperation with the director from a WCF eligible region

  • Africa
  • Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • Central Asia
  • South East Asia
  • Caucasus
  • Mongolia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
  • plus – only for WCF Europe - Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine

Detailed list, PDF (78 KB)

No, it isn’t. The submission can be made by the local production company itself.
You will need a German partner on board only if your project is recommended for funding.
The final funding contract can only be concluded with a German partner. Nevertheless, this German partner has to guarantee that the funds are spent in a WCF eligible region. He can deduct a maximum of 7,5% of the funding amount as fee for handling his costs and /or overheads.

The WCF aims to support films in the WCF regions by developing lively cooperations between producers and directors from these regions and German partners. Therefore, German film companies play an important role in the structure of the WCF - in a cultural-political and in an economic way - approaching a kind of positive understanding of globalisation

The producer from a WCF region can submit a project without having a German partner attached at the time of the application. However, a German partner is needed as soon as a project is recommended for funding by the WCF Jury. The WCF often serves as a bridge between producers from abroad and German companies, i.e. it can assist in finding an adequate partner. The WCF jury's recommendation can only be turned into a funding contract between the WCF and the German partner.

The German partner is responsible for signing the funding agreement with the WCF and is the actual recipient of the WCF support. He is also held liable by the WCF for the project. For the final accounting, the German partner has to deliver an auditor’s report/certificate confirming that the WCF funding amount (minus a possible handling fee and /or overheads of 7.5% maximum for the German partner) was entirely spent for the production of the film in a WCF region.

Production Support

The Jury Meeting for the February / March submission deadline is normally taking place in late June or beginning of July.
The Jury Meeting for the July / August submissions is normally taking place end October or beginning of November.

Distribution Support

The decision date will be communicated to the application companies by email after the project submission, normally in a period between four to six weeks after submission. The WCF funding amount can only be used for covering distribution costs which are issued after the date of submission to the WCF.

No, in this case you have to submit an advanced treatment together with a detailed visual/ artistic concept, among other required submission documents.

No, it isn’t.
The WCF is interested in supporting local stories. It wants to support subjects strongly linked to the cultural reality/identity of the country. The “voice” of a local director is essential for the WCF.
Therefore, the director must have the nationality of one of the WCF regions.

In case the submitted project is co-directed by more than two directors, all must have the citizenship of the WCF regions.

Only in case of absence of the citizenship for political or historical reasons, the WCF committee would discuss each case individually after the delivery of a statement explaining the circumstances

Yes, we do. You can request a maximum of 40,000 € for post-production support and additionally to the script we will need rough cut of at least 60 minutes as a basis for the Jury’s decision.
The delivered rough cut should be close to the chronological narrative development of the story.
We can only consider film projects for a potential post-production support, which haven’t had world premiere before final Jury Meeting.

For WCF production funding, the maximum possible amount for production funding per project is 60,000 €.
The funding amount cannot exceed 50% of the total production costs.
The funding amount cannot exceed 50% of the total production costs.
If your submitted project is in post-production stage, the maximum amount you can apply is 40,000 €

The budget of the projects shall range between 200,000 € and 1,400,000 €.

The rights clearance is a document or a contract which transfers the rights from the scriptwriter to the producer and officially entitles the producer to use the script for a film project.
It is not necessary to attach it if writer and producer is the same person.

It is the explanation of the visual and artistic universe of your project:
How would you like to shoot your film? What kind of camera work and rhythm do you envision, and what kind of technical methods or solutions would you propose? Also, how would you like to work with the actors? Please don’t hesitate to mention any details regarding sound, music concept, lights, equipment, aesthetic approaches, etc. that will give the most comprehensive image possible of your film.

Distribution companies (and world sales companies) with a registered office in Germany, which want to release a feature-length film (fiction or creative documentary) from the WCF regions in the German cinemas.
It can be any film of the region. It’s not a prerequisite that the film was previously supported by the WCF for production.

The maximum amount for distribution funding per project is 10,000 €.
The funding amount cannot exceed 50% of the total distribution costs.

Only up to two projects per selection round.

No, one film project can be submitted only once to the WCF. The only exception would be when a project receives the invitation of the WCF Jury to apply again with a rough cut, a further developed script or a stronger financing structure in one of the next submission deadlines.

The time frame between submission for distribution support to the WCF and theatrical release in cinema cannot be less than 12 weeks. The WCF Jury needs at least this time to take the funding decision.

The WCF assembles a Jury of independent film-related professionals who make recommendations regarding the films to be founded. The international Jury consists of the programme manager of the WCF together with other extern members. The decision sessions are closed and the WCF has no obligation to explain its reasons for declining any funding application.

The WCF reserves the right to grant a recipient a smaller amount of funding than applied for.

The WCF is under no obligation to explain its reasons for declining a funding application.

WCF funding can be matched with funding from other funding bodies.

It is only possible to receive funding from one WCF programme.

For further details please check the respective pages on the Funding Programmes concerning Production Support or Distribution Suport, and if you still have questions don’t hesitate to contact the WCF anytime.


Head of the WCF
Vincenzo Bugno

Fund Coordination
Isona Admetlla

Potsdamer Platz 11
10785 Berlin
phone +49 30 25920-516
fax +49 30 25920-529