The aim is to strengthen the innovative capacities and competitiveness of the German film industry. The German Motion Picture Fund (GMPF) is a stand-alone funding programme of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Funding is provided for innovative film and serial formats with high production costs and expenditure in Germany. This is to create a special incentive for digital film-making in Germany. The funding programme contributes to drawing the international film industry's attention to Germany as a place to realise film and serial formats and to making the country more attractive especially compared with other European countries. At the same time, the funding provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy helps strengthen SMEs in the film business and safeguard the quality and diversity of German films.
A commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy shows the close link between the film industry and other sectors. Every euro of gross value added generated by the film industry results in €1.6 of value added generated by the German economy as a whole.
Two years after the launch of the German Motion Picture Fund it is clear that the programme is a success. The funding amounting to €10 million for each of the years 2016 and 2017 has been fully used up. The programme is particularly successful in the field of top-class series that can be marketed globally. In 2016, a total of eight projects were supported, including seven serial projects, and in 2017, seven serial projects were funded. The German Motion Picture Fund initiated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has contributed to establishing Germany as a production location for high-end series. "Babylon Berlin", "Deutschland 86", "You Are Wanted", "Dark", "Berlin Station" and other serial projects that are successful at national and international level would not have been realised in Germany without the GMPF.
In order to provide even more targeted funding to bolster Germany’s innovative capacities and competitiveness as a centre for films and series, the funding guidelines were updated to meet the current needs of innovative digital film-making in Germany. In addition to high-end series and high-budget cinematic films, the GMPF is now also funding high-budget films which are not intended for cinematic release, i.e. video-on-demand films. Funding will also be given to VFX (visual effects) and other digital film operations, with shooting not necessarily having to take place in Germany.
Projects receiving funding in 2018
|Counterpart, Series 2||EUR 1,800,250.00||41. Babelsberg Film GmbH||Company Prime LLC|
|Dark, Series 2||EUR 2,823,694.00||Dark Series GmbH|
|Oktoberfest||EUR 665,316.00||Zeitsprung Pictures GmbH|
Projects receiving funding in 2017
|Acht Tage||EUR 1,926,249.83||NeueSuper Produktions GmbH||-|
|Beat||EUR 1,435,000.00||Hellinger / Doll Filmproduktion GmbH||Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH|
|Berlin Station, Series 2||EUR 4,000,000.00||Neununddreißigste Babelsberg Film GmbH||Paramount Overseas Productions Inc.--Incoporated|
|Berliner Hunde||EUR 2,260,000.00||Syrreal Dogs GmbH|
|Deutschland 86||EUR 1,615,000.00||UFA Fiction GmbH||-|
|Geschichte eines Parfums||EUR 1,438,934.00||Constantin Filmproduktion GmbH||Moovie GmbH|
|You Are Wanted, Series 2||EUR 1,842,792.09||Pantaleon Film||Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH|
Projects that received funding in 2016
|Berlin Station, Series 1||EUR 2,500,000.00||Sechsunddreißigste Babelsberg Film GmbH||Paramount Production Overseas Inc. (USA)|
|Babylon Berlin, Series 1||EUR 4,000,000.00||X Filme Creative Pool GmbH||Beta Film GmbH, ARD Degeto, Sky|
|Babylon Berlin, Series 2||EUR 2,200,000.00||X Filme Creative Pool GmbH||Beta Film GmbH, ARD Degeto, Sky|
|You Are Wanted, Series 1||EUR 1,437,584.83||Pantaleon FilmsGmbHProduktionsfirma||Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH|
|Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer||EUR 2,500,000.00||Rat PackFilmproduktion GmbH||Malao Film Inc. (USA), Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH, 26. Babelsberg Film GmbH, Constantin Film Produktion GmbH|
|Dark||EUR 2,500,000.00||Dark Series GmbH||-|
|Bad Banks||EUR 750,000.00||LetterboxFilmproduktion GmbH||Iris Productions SA (Lux)|
|Mute||EUR 1,000,000.00||35. Babelsberg Film GmbH||Liberty Films Entertainment Limited (UK)|