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World Cinema Fund

Application Deadlines

  • Production funding: end of February 2022 and July 2022
  • 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 (165 KB)

Please note:
You can find detailed information, downloads of the guidelines, forms and more on the pages regarding Production Support and Distribution Support as well as on the FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions page.

  • Talking About Trees by Suhaib Gasmelbari, Sudan, Chad (German Partner: Made in Germany Filmproduktion GmbH): Glashüte Dokumentarfilm Award and Panorama Audience Berlin International Film Festival 2019
  • The Fever by Maya Da-Rin, Brazil (German Partner: Komplizen Film): Locarno International Film Festival 2019
  • Tlamess by Ala Eddine Slim, Tunisia (European Partner: Still Moving): Cannes International Film festival 2019
  • Aswang by Alyx Ayn Arumpac, Philippines (German Partner: Razor Film Produktion): IDFA 2019
  • Monos by Alejandro Landes and Alexis Dos Santos, Colombia (Pandora Film Produktion): Sundance International Film Festival 2019
  • You Will Day At Twenty by Amjad Abu Alala, Sudan and Egypt (German Partner: Die Gesellschaft DGS): Venice International Film Festival 2019
  • Las Herederas by Marcelo Martinessi, Paraguay (German Partner: Pandora Filmproduktion): Alfred Bauer Prize Silver Bear, Berlin International Film Festival 2018
  • TheTrial by Maria Augusta Ramos, Brazil (German Partner: Autentika Films): Berlin International Film Festival 2018
  • Rojo by Benjamín Naishtat, Argentina (German Partner: Sutor Kolonko): Toronto International Film festival 2018
  • Felicité by Alain Gomis, Senegal (German Partner: Katuh Studio): Silver Bear Grand Jury Award Berlin International Film Festival 2017
  • Cocote by Nelson Carlos De Los Santos, Dominican Republic (Pandora Film Produktion): Signs of Life Best Film Award, Locarno International Film Festival 2017
  • The Wound by John Trengove, South Africa (German Partner: Riva Filmproduktion): Sundance International Film Festival 2017
  • En Attendant les Hirondelles by Karim Moussaoui, Algeria (German Partner: NiKo Film): Cannes International Film Festival 2017
  • Amal by Mohamed Siam, Egypt (European Partner: Andolfi): IDFA 2017
  • In The Last Days Of The City by Tamer El Said, Egypt (German Partner: Mengamuk Films): Berlin International Film Festival 2016
  • Cemetery of Splendour by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand (German Partner: The Match Factory): Cannes International Film Festival 2015
  • Kalo Pothi by Min Bahadur Bham, Nepal (German Partner: Tandem Production): Venice International Film Festival 2015
  • Te prometo anarquía by Julio Hernández Cordón, Mexico (German Partner: Rohfilm): Locarno International Film Festival 2015
  • Jauja by Lisandro Alonso, Argentina (German Partner: The Match Factory): Cannes International Film Festival 2014
  • Pelo malo by Mariana Rondón, Venezela (German Partner: Hanfgarn & Ufer Filmproduktion): Toronto International Film Festival 2013
  • Harmony Lessons by Emir Baigazin, Kazakhstan (German Partner: The Post Republic): Silver Bear for Artistic Outstanding Contribution, Berlin International Film Festival 2013
  • Sur la Planche by Leïla Kilani, Morocco (German Partner: Vandertastic): Cannes International Film Festival 2011
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tailand (German Partner: The Match Factory): Palme d’Or Cannes International Film Festival 2010
  • Ajami by Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti, Israel (German Partner: Twenty Twenty Vision): Camera D’Or Cannes International Film Festival 2009
  • The Milk of Sorrow by Claudia Llosa, Peru (German Partner: Rommel Film): Golden Bear Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 2009
  • Independencia by Raya Martin, Philippines (German Partner: Razor Film): Cannes International Film Festival 2009
  • Silent Light by Carlos Reygadas, Mexico (German Partner: The Match Factory): Jury Award, Cannes International Film Festival 2007
  • Paradise Now by Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine (German Partner: Razor Film): Blue Angel Award, Berlin International Film Festival 2005

You will find more information on these and earlier WCF-funded projects under Funded Production Projects and Funded Distribution Projects.

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

The special WCF Europe programme was launched with the support of the European Union's Creative Europe MEDIA programme. Thanks to additional funding from the German Federal Foreign Office, the special programme WCF Africa was started in 2016. The complementary programme WCF ACP is funded with the financial contribution of the European Union and the support of the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States through the ACP-EU Culture Programme.

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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