Germany to increase film funding from 2018
Germany is set to increase funding for its film industry from 2018, including an extra €50m for the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) and €75m for a new scheme dubbed DFFF II.
The DFFF offers a grant of up to 20% of eligible spending for films that spend at least a quarter of their production budget in Germany. Big-budget international productions are being specifically targeted by the new DFFF II scheme.
Germany has attracted high-profile international shoots in recent years such as Captain America: Civil War, which spent a year planning four weeks of filming in the country and shot a major action set piece at Leipzig Airport (pictured).
However, the country faces stiff competition from other European production hubs like the UK and France, which increased its filming incentive last year. Poland is also expected to launch its first formal filming incentive later this year, increasing pressure from the east.
While the additional DFFF funding will be welcomed by some, Germany’s production industry may still face a challenge with limitations to per-production payments. These are currently set at €10m and are one of the reasons why big-budget international shoots in Germany are generally only scheduled to last for a few weeks.
The German government will wait until after the national elections in September to confirm the full scale of the funding increases.
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