Funding

Support Initiative for Sub-Saharan African Film Production Companies: The 2024 World Cinema Fund

Support Initiative for Sub-Saharan African

In cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office the World Cinema Fund launched a special funding opportunity for projects from sub-Saharan Africa in 2016. All WCF submissions with projects from sub-Saharan Africa will automatically also be considered for the special funding by the WCF Africa programme.

Important: Only projects in post-production phase are eligible to apply for funding. Post-production meaning: the entirety/majority of the shooting has been done and at least a rough-cut is in place, which is part of the submission. Please note that only films that realistically can be finished by October 2024 are eligible to apply.

Benefits

The WCF aims to support films in the WCF regions/countries by developing active cooperations between producers and directors from these regions and German partners. Therefore, German film companies play an important role in the structure of the WCF – in a cultural-political and in an economic way.

Key Facts

  • Maximum funding: 40,000 Euros for post-production funding.
  • The total production costs of the supported projects should range between 200,000 Euros and 1,400,000 Euros.
  • The funding must be spent on the post-production of the film in the aforementioned regions.
  • The contractual partner is always the German partner.
  • Please note that the final expenditure report of funds must be delivered by October 2024, the latest.
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Requirements

  • Film production companies from sub-Saharan Africa regions, that can confirm their collaboration with a director from sub-Saharan Africa region/country or
  • Registered film production companies based in Germany (in the commercial register or registered trade) that can prove a working relationship with a director from a sub-Saharan Africa region/country or
  • Registered film production companies from other EU member states, provided they have a branch or place of business in Germany and can prove a working relationship with a director from a sub-Saharan Africa region.

Documents Required for Application

Please note that the form cannot be saved during the application process! It is therefore recommended that you have all information and documents ready before starting to fill out the form. By submitting, your application is complete. You will then receive an automatic confirmation email.

The following documents must be attached to the online Submission Form (in English or French):

  • Financing information:
    • Financing Plan in Euros and in the respective local currency (if available). A model financing plan can be downloaded here (16 KB).
      The financing plan must contain the following information: names of the companies/partners involved, type of financing (funds, own investment, in-kind contributions, Sales/MG, etc.), shares (in percentage) of the respective partners, broken down by country in each case. Please also indicate which amounts are already secured and which are still open (as well as the estimated date on which a response/decision is expected).
    • Budget (detailed): in Euros and local currency (if available).
  • Contracts and agreements: all financing agreements and/or letters of intent from financing partners that have already been confirmed.
  • Signed co-production contracts/cooperation agreements or deal memos.
  • Rights transfer: The transfer of rights is a document or contract that transfers the rights of the screenwriter to the producer and officially authorises the latter to use the screenplay for a film project. If the author and the producer are the same person, it is not necessary to attach the statement.
  • An artistic/visual concept with mood board, casting, locations, editing and narrative concept, etc.
  • A password-protected link to the rough cut, including english or french subtitles (in case the original language is non of these).
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Downloads

Method of Application

There are two submission processes per year.

  • The deadline for the first submission process is end of February/beginning of March. The jury meetings in which decisions are made on these submissions are usually held at the end of June/beginning of July.
  • The deadline for the second submission process is in July and jury meetings to decide on these submissions are usually held in early November.
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TAKE NOTE: The submission form will be available on this Website between four to six weeks prior to the deadline.

For More Information,

Visit the Official Webpage

Application Deadline: February 28, 2024.

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