We recently went for a film trip to Germany organized and hosted by Goethe Institut and the Federal Government of Germany.

The purpose was to get insights into the film industry system of Germany, funding and finance, production, coproduction, development and collaboration. Sounds like a mouth full… We went, we saw, we came back.


‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ set at Studio Babelsberg.


So here are things we think that every filmmaker out here should know and apply where possible!


Berlin International Film Festival & World Cinema Fund

This is the top and largest film festival in Germany. Next year, will be the 69thfestival. Among things of interest to filmmakers should be ‘Berlin Talents’ which gives at least 250 participants an opportunity every year to network and learn. The deadline for the next one is closed but you can keep an eye and apply for the next one as well as other activities around the festival HERE.

While at it also check out World Cinema Fund and the special section World Cinema Fund Africa.

WCF Africa was formed in 2016 by the World Cinema Fund in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office launching 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 program.

There are a lot of funding and co-production opportunities, just a click away. Did you know that ‘Rafiki’ got €38000 in funding for distribution from this fund? Now you know…

Read more about WCF.


Greenberg Traurig

This is a leading legal firm that has represented the likes of Paramount, Universal, Marvel, and Warner Bros etc.  Germany has film-funding structures that run from the national level – backed by the federal government, regional film funds as well as other private and public film funds.

For instance take a look at the following…

On the national level:

DFFF – German Federal Film Fund

FFA – Federal Film Board


On the regional level:

Bavaria FFF Bayern

North Rhine Westphalia (Filmstiftung NRW)


Most of the film funds will require that you have a German producer on board, very important note.


Studio Babelsberg

The world’s oldest film studios. Studio Babelsberg has been in existence since 1912. We found them prepping sets for ‘Dark’ by Netflix and ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot. FYI, The Grand Budapest Hotel was shot here. Check out Studio Babelsberg.



Arsenal Institute of Film and Video Art

This is an institute dedicated to developing and fostering international film and video art and receives funding from the Federal Government of Germany.

Arsenal is also a film archive, home and asylum to about 10,000 analogue films in 16mm and 35mm, besides that, Arsenal is open to the public who would like to watch the films.

Read more about Arsenal HERE.


Hamburg Film Festival

Located in the 2ndlargest city in Germany, Hamburg Film Festival has been running since 1991. It’s the 3rdlargest film festival in Germany. Notably, the festival receives over 50,000 film submissions every year from across the globe. Entry to the festival requires your film to be the German premiere at the festival.  The 26thedition starts 27th September to 6thOctober 2018. More about the festival HERE.


Courtesy: Filmfest Hamburg 2017


Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (FABW)

Founded in 1991, FABW has become one of the world’s leading film academies. The project oriented ‘learning by doing’ concept has greatly contributed to this. Students are taught and mentored by more than 300 highly qualified experts from the film and media industries. From East Africa, Mbithi Masya – director of ‘Kati Kati’ and Mugambi Nthiga – director of ‘Lusala’ are notable alumni of the FABW.

In terms of collaboration with Africa, FABW in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung and other partners have a program tailored for East Africa. Working with Docubox and other local partners, FABW will roll out programs for training in different courses in filmmaking ranging from acting to post production soon.

To find out more information or if interested to apply, write to: eastafrica@filmakademie.de

Also check their website HERE for more information.

And that’s it! Opportunities are open to everyone in different ways; all you need is interest and click to apply!

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