World Cinema Fund

Funding of international cooperations in film production and distribution

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The World Cinema Fund (WCF) was founded in October 2004 as a joint initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlinale. It immediately established itself as one of the leading institutions funding outstanding international productions and rapidly gained recognition from those in the industry. The World Cinema Fund supports films which could not otherwise be realized without its funding.

They are uniquely aesthetic, tell memorable stories and authentically reflect the cultural background of the regions in which they are made.
The WCF supports cooperative projects involving German film producers and non-European filmmakers and producers. The World Cinema Fund has focussed its funding activities in Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Southeast Asia; additionally the following countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia and Sri Lanka.

Application Deadlines 2023

Production funding: 1 March 2023

Distribution funding: submission open only for films that will have their theatrical release in German cinemas in 2023

Supported Films 2004–2021

World Cinema Fund has launched its “little mexican rosa booklet” presenting funded films from 2004 to 2021.

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WCF Day on 16 February 2022

WCF Day is the World Cinema Fund’s annual public think-tank. The panels and rounds of discussion will be focusing on the further development of funding and decolonising strategies. The online event in English will start at 1.30 pm and end around 4.30 pm.

The livestream can be watched on the Berlinale YouTube channel (external link, opens in a new window) and on the WCF Facebook page (external link, opens in a new window).


Previous events

  • 16 February, 2022 : WCF Day 2022

    Further Developing Decolonising and Funding Strategies in Film

    Online |1:30 – 4:30 pm,


World Cinema Fund
Berlin International Film Festival

Potsdamer Str. 5
10785 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 2592 0516

World Cinema Fund website (external link, opens in a new window)