Hessen Film & Medien

Tasks and goals

As the first point of contact in Hesse for film funding, HessenFilm und Medien strengthens the regional film and media industry. It supports filmmakers both financially as well as with networking platforms and workshops, thus promoting the artistic as well as the commercial quality of film productions. The goal is to create optimal conditions for Hesse's creative industries and film culture. HessenFilm has a total budget of around 10.2 million euros at its disposal.

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Funding is available in the following areas:

Treatment, Story & Project Development (incl. package funding), Production, Post-Production, Distribution & Sales, Cinema Investment Funding, Festivals, Events & Series, Media, Company Funding (Talent Package Funding) and Other Measures (incl. Further Education and Industry Qualification – STEP).

Two of HessenFilm's main focuses are the promotion of young talent and the promotion of documentary films: emerging talents should be able to establish themselves as part of the Hessian film industry. HessenFilm also promotes outstanding documentary formats for the big screen. Cinemas and festivals, i.e. places where film culture is in focus, are supported by HessenFilm, as are cinema productions, series and innovative audiovisual content, for example 360° films, media installations, web applications and virtual reality.

Measures to reinforce the location

In addition to the Hessen Film and Cinema Award, HessenFilm is involved in cultural and media policy issues. It creates synergy effects by means of cooperation with regional, national and European partners as well as targeted public relations work. It regularly organizes seminars and workshops and represents the film state of Hesse at various festivals in the region, in Germany and in Europe. Other important levers of location development include networking and training platforms, the Film Commission and location marketing.

HessenFilm would like to encourage film productions and cinemas to take ecological measures. The medium-term goal is to bring about sustainable behavioral changes in film and television productions and to significantly reduce the CO2 balance in the entire production and distribution process in order to holistically realize the goal of "green film".

The shareholders of HessenFilm und Medien GmbH are the State of Hesse (90 percent) and Hessischer Rundfunk (10 percent).

Hessen Film und Medien GmbH
Am Steinernen Stock 1
60320 Frankfurt am Main
T:  +49 69 15 32 404 0
F:  +49 69 15 32 404 99
E-mail: foerderung@hessenfilm.de