World Cinema Fund – A special funding opportunity for projects from Sub-Saharan Africa

Application Deadlines 
  • Production funding: July 6, 2018 Online Submission Form Production
  • Distribution funding: from January 2018
  • Applications for WCF and WCF Europe distribution funding support can be submitted continually.

Together with the Federal Foundation for Culture and in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, the Foreign Ministry and German producers, the World Cinema Fund works to develop and support cinema in regions with a weak film infrastructure, while fostering cultural diversity in German cinemas. The World Cinema Fund supports films that could not be made without additional funding: films that stand out with an unconventional aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an authentic image of their cultural roots.

The World Cinema Fund supports exclusively the production and distribution of feature films and feature-length documentaries. The support is focused on the following regions and countries: Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caucasus as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia and Sri Lanka.


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

WCF submission deadlines and WCF guidelines for production funding apply. The usual form for WCFproduction funding should be used for submission. The funding of € 160,000 in 2016 is provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.