Berlinale: WCF Classic


WCF Classic

Application Deadlines

  • Production funding: after Berlinale 2021
  • Distribution funding: submission open only for films that will have their theatrical release in German cinemas in 2021

Together with the Federal Foundation for Culture and in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, the Foreign Ministry and German producers, the World Cinema Fund works to develop and support cinema in regions with a weak film infrastructure, while fostering cultural diversity in German cinemas. The World Cinema Fund supports films that could not be made without additional funding: films that stand out with an unconventional aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an authentic image of their cultural roots.

The World Cinema Fund supports exclusively the production and distribution of feature films and feature-length documentaries. The support is focused on the following regions and countries: Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caucasus as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia and Sri Lanka.

WCF eligible regions and countries, PDF (167 KB)

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.

2.

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

WCF eligible regions and countries, PDF (167 KB)

Submission Forms (updated August 2020)

For WCF Europe Submission Forms please see WCF Europe Programme

Detailed guidelines WCF and WCF Africa (updated March 2019)

World Cinema Fund Booklet

Contact

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