Berlinale: WCF Africa

WCF Africa

Application Deadlines

  • Production funding: July 5, 2022
  • Distribution funding: submission open only for films that will have their theatrical release in German cinemas in 2022

In 2016 the World Cinema Fund in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office launched a special funding opportunity for projects from Sub-Saharan Africa. All WCF submissions with projects from Sub-Saharan Africa will automatically also be considered for the special funding by the WCF Sub-Saharan Africa programme.

WCF submission deadlines and WCF guidelines for production funding apply. The usual form for WCF production funding should be used for submission. The funding of € 160,000 in 2016 is provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Types of funding and necessary documents

Funding Amounts

  • Maximum funding: 60,000 euro per project.
  • The funding amount cannot exceed 50% of the total production costs.
  • The total production costs of the supported projects should lie between 200,000 euro and 1,400,000 euro.
  • The funding must be spent on the production of the film in the aforementioned regions.

Required documents

1. Completed Online-application form:

After submitting the online application form you will receive information from us regarding the following steps.


a. Financing information:

  • Detailed budget in Euro and in local currency (if available)

b. Contracts and agreements

  • All financing agreements and/or letters of intent from financing partners, which are already confirmed
  • Signed existing co-production / co-operation agreement(s) or deal memos
  • Clearance of all rights: 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 the writer and the producer are the same person.

c. A visual dossier with mood pictures, casting, locations, etc.

3. In addition to the online submission we need per mail or international courier printed copies of the materials:

  • One copy of the printed web form with original signatures
  • One copy of the complete submission materials as described above in 2 (items a, b, c and d)

German distributors can apply for distribution funding not exceeding 10,000 euros for the distribution of film from the WCF regions in Germany. The subsidy cannot exceed 50% of the total distribution costs.

Required documents for distribution funding

  • Completed application form
  • Synopsis
  • Distribution Company Profile
  • Description of Distribution Strategy
  • Detailed Distribution Budget
  • Financing Plan and Recoupment Schedule
  • Distribution Agreements and/or letters of intent from financing partners
  • Final Cut (in English or French or with English or French subtitles) on DVD


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