The FFA is Germany’s national film funding institution and supports all the interests of German cinema. Apart from its duties as a funding body, the FFA is the central service structure for the German film industry. Its budget is financed via the so-called film levy which is raised from, among others, the cinemas, the video industry and television. The FFA’s annual budget is around 76 million Euros.
The FFA funds feature films at all stages of production and exploitation: from script development through production to distribution, sales and video distribution. Additional support is made available for the funding of cinemas, the preservation of German film heritage, the reception and promotion of German cinema abroad, and for the provision of film education. Moreover, as a central service-provider for the German film industry, the FFA regularly collates, analyses and publishes the most important market data of the film, exhibition and video industries in Germany.
In addition, the FFA is responsible for the administration of the funding programmes for film projects supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture & the Media (BKM). These include the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), the German Motion Picture Fund (GMPF) as well as processing the project funding for feature films and shorts.
The FFA also works together with other European funding institutions to support the development of cross-border projects and co-productions.