We provide European documentary producers with tailored training and advice on how to develop their film ideas, unlock funding and reach a large international audience. We are one of Europe’s most renowned professional training initiatives.
MDM - Mitteldeutsche medienförderung
Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH (MDM) awards funding to promising film and media projects realised in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. Funding schemes are available for all phases, starting from idea development through to production and distribution.
To be eligible, production companies must spend at least the awarded funds in the region of Mitteldeutschland. In general, the funds must be paid back unless the projects's revenues fall short of a certain minimum.
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is the main institution for the film and media industry in the German capital region. The Film Funding division provides funding for films, high end drama series and film-related projects, advises filmmakers on financing issues, and supports the development of the film industry. The New Media Funding division represents Berlin-Brandenburg as a key media location in Germany at international markets and festivals, provides market research and analysis and organizes networking events. The department funds media-related projects, serial formats as well as the development of content in the games, web, mobile and VR categories.
Paris Cross Video Days
All over the world new talents are pushing the boundaries of filmmaking or gaming, and imagine new forms of content hybridization. They embrace digital technologies and platforms to create new exciting narrative universes enriched by interactive and immersive experiences.
Supported by Creative Europe program since 2013, Cross Video Days are a unique marketplace where innovative tech-enabled content and studios can be pitched, scouted and financed.
Because we want innovative universes to be rooted in reality, we host every year hundreds of pre-arranged one-to-one business meetings between pre-qualified content producers and a wide range of financiers. Among them, some of the most emblematic international broadcasters, distribution platforms, online publishers, MCNs, public funds or VCs.
Innogy Visit Award
Office rooms and power plants are not the usual sort of places one can expect to see a graphic artist at work. The innogy Foundation, however, has demonstrated that artists can also find a scope for their activities at such locations. The Foundation's Culture department has launched an International Artist in Residence Programme. The VISIT programme invites artists to carry out projects with some reference to innogy, focussing on the topic of energy and its social relevance.
The presence of the perspectives of artists on innogy should not only provide employees with a new view of their work environment. VISIT will also gradually develop an external impact and provide society with novel ways of looking at energy.
Kulturstiftung des freistaates sachsen
Als Landesstiftung fördert die Kulturstiftung im öffentlichen Auftrag Kunst und Kultur in Sachsen. Gefördert werden in Abstimmung mit den Kulturräumen und anderen öffentlichen Institutionen vor allem Vorhaben von überregionaler Bedeutung. Neben ihrer Fördertätigkeit berät die Kulturstiftung die Sächsische Staatsregierung und den Sächsischen Landtag sowie kulturelle Einrichtungen in allen Teilen Sachsens. Außerdem entwickelt sie eigene Programme sowie Maßnahmen zum kulturellen Austausch.
Zweck und Aufgabe der Stiftung Kunstfonds ist die Förderung der zeitgenössischen bildenden Kunst in Deutschland.
Alljährlich werden rund 70 Künstlerinnen und Künstler, Galerien, Kunstvereine, Museen, freie Kuratoren und Verlage mit bis zu 1,1 Millionen Euro insgesamt unterstützt, und zwar durch Stipendien, Projekt- und Ausstellungsförderungen oder Publikationszuschüsse.
Berlinale Talents is the annual summit and networking platform of the Berlin International Film Festival for 250 outstanding creatives from the fields of film and drama series.
Berlinale Talents is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, in cooperation with Creative Europe MEDIA, a programme of the European Union, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. It was initiated in 2003.
Berlin Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affair
The Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs promotes the arts and cultural sectors within the scope of its responsibilities under state law. The department’s funding activities focus primarily on projects of outstanding quality by artists, ensembles and groups based in Berlin.
The cultural affairs department of the Senate Chancellery supports productions and provides grants in the form of project funding and stipends to artists based in Berlin. Funding may be awarded for projects in disciplines across the non-commercial cultural sector including the visual and performing arts, photography, new media, literature, and music as well as related forms and cross-disciplinary undertakings. The Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs provides funding for inter-cultural projects and cultural exchanges.
Hessische Kulturstiftung (Cultural Foundation of Hesse )
Since 1992 the Cultural Foundation of Hesse (Hessische Kulturstiftung) has been providing a scholarship programme of high renown for visual artists who were born in Hesse, have a permanent residence here or hold a diploma from a Hessian art academy.
As a prerequisite for art that stands its ground within an international competition, Hessische Kulturstiftung has poured out about €4.5 million for scholarships to 150 artists until now. This is an investment in a professional branch of our society whose definition has changed from the artist as a creative opponent to society to a global player within the international art world, related to by extended artistic practices beyond the limits of genres and media. Giving artists the opportunity for personal growth and change of perspective – the seminal achievements of our programme – we therefore consider as an important contribution to professionalising artistic career promotion.