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Apply for funding as part of the Future Cinema Program

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

If you would like to invest in your cinema, you can apply for funding under certain conditions.

The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) provides funding of up to EUR 315,000 for cinemas throughout Germany, especially outside of metropolitan areas.

You can receive funding for the following measures:

  • Smart data / customer loyalty / investment marketing measures, for example
    • Hardware and software,
    • licenses,
    • Expenses for agencies,
    • legal advice and programming work as well as
    • expenditure for advertising systems
    • Green cinema / sustainability / environmentally friendly processes, for example
      • Modernization of heating systems,
      • air conditioning and ventilation,
      • sanitary facilities,
    • Investments in the use of renewable energies, for example
      • solar energy,
      • LED lighting,
      • cooling appliances,
    • systems for separating waste and reducing waste and
    • Creation of outdoor bicycle parking spaces and e-charging stations
    • Accessibility in the cinema, for example
      • Construction of ramps and elevators,
      • Creation of barrier-free sanitary facilities,
      • Measures to adapt the fire protection concept to existing standards
      • Acquisition and installation of technology for the visually and hearing impaired,
      • Creation of a barrier-free website in accordance with current standards and regulations,
      • Installation of a public W-LAN,
      • Installation of guidance systems for the visually and hearing impaired and
      • Installation of barrier-free parking spaces in accordance with local building regulations
    • Checkout technology, such as the renewal of
      • servers,
      • workstations,
      • cash drawers,
      • ticket and receipt printers,
      • scanners,
      • network technology,
      • digital signage and
      • software
    • Projection and sound technology, for example renewal of:
      • Projection technology and
      • subcomponents, for example
        • server,
        • projector,
        • light engine,
        • IMB,
        • Lens,
        • 3D unit,
        • fan and
        • screen
    • Renewal of the entire sound technology in the projection room and auditorium, for example:
      • Loudspeakers,
      • amplifier,
      • processor,
      • event technology, for example:
        • Microphone technology,
        • lighting technology
    • Seating and movie theater equipment, for example:
      • Expenditure to improve the auditorium, for example:
        • Replacement of seating,
        • work on the walls,
        • floor,
        • ceilings,
        • curtain,
        • lamination,
        • substructure,
        • fire protection/safety technology and
        • network and event technology
    • Equipment of the visitor areas / foyer, for example:
      • Modernization of the foyer,
      • the furnishings,
      • sales counters and
      • catering technology
    • Measures to repair the outdoor area, for example:
      • Modernization of the outdoor advertising system,
      • display cases,
      • facade and
      • doors and windows

Also funded Due to the current pandemic, conversion and equipment measures that are necessary to adequately reduce the risk of infection (especially with the SARS-CoV-2 virus) in the public and non-public areas of the cinema are currently being funded.

You will not receive funding for:

  • Measures that you started before you submitted the application,
  • Special forms of cinemas, for example:
  • Open-air cinemas,
  • traveling cinemas,
  • drive-in cinemas,
  • cinemas in hotels,
  • restaurants,
  • barracks,
  • New installations, expansion or reopening of cinemas,
  • Own work,
  • office and administration costs,
  • second-hand goods,
  • consumables,
  • leasing,
  • cleaning work,
  • film rental,
  • labor costs,
  • the purchase of land and buildings,
  • repairs,
  • maintenance contracts,
  • support services,
  • subscription fees,
  • guarantees.

If you want to invest in the future viability of your cinema, you can receive a subsidy of up to 40 percent of the total eligible costs.

The amount of funding depends on the number of screens you have:

  • if you have a cinema with only one auditorium, you will receive up to EUR 60,000

and

  • if you have a cinema with at least 2 screens, you will receive up to EUR 45,000 per screen, up to a maximum of EUR 315,000.

Grants of up to EUR 5,000 are paid out once.

Grants of more than EUR 5,000 are paid out in up to 4 installments depending on the progress of your project and on request.

Proof that the financing of the measure is secured must be provided by the time the first installment is paid out at the latest.
Proof of use must be submitted before the last installment is paid out. The proof of use consists of a factual report and proof of payment in the form of invoices and transfer receipts. The funds must be used within 6 months of approval of the funding.

You must keep all invoices and receipts relating to the eligible costs.

You have no claim to the approval of the funding.

You submit the application for funding under the Future Cinema Program to the German Federal Film Board (FFA).


Process flow

You must apply for funding under the Future Cinema Program online and in writing to the German Federal Film Board (FFA):

  • You submit the application online via the FFA's application and notification portal. You can also upload all the necessary documents there.
  • Complete the application form electronically and send it off. Then print out the sent application form and sign it. Send the signed application form by post to the FFA within 5 days of submitting the online application in order to make the application legally binding.
  • The FFA will check your application. If the FFA approves your application, you will receive a grant notification by post.
  • You can now start the project.
  • Please note
    • If necessary, you can also apply to start your measure before your grant notification is issued.
  • If you would like to receive an installment payment, submit the application for installment payment online and upload the required documents. Print out the electronically sent installment payment form and sign it. Send the signed application form to the FFA by post.
  • The FFA will check your application for payment in installments and will transfer the installment if all supporting documents are available.
  • Once you have completed the measure, you submit an online application to the FFA for verification of the use of funds together with the payment of the last installment:
  • You create a proof of use online (numerical proof and factual report) and upload all required documents. Complete the form for the where-used list check electronically and send it off. Then print out the sent form and sign it. Send the signed form to the FFA by post.
  • The FFA will check the where-used list and transfer the final installment upon submission of all supporting documents.
Who should I contact?
Requirements

Applications can be submitted:

  • Operators of fixed cinemas
    • based in the Federal Republic of Germany and with a maximum of 7 screens
      • from a federal state with its own cinema funding program
      • and
      • with proof of economic viability
      • Economic viability is generally recognized if:
      • your cinema has had an average of 275 screenings in the past 3 years
      • and
      • can demonstrate an average of at least 9 months of continuous operation

Other requirements:

You must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Your movie theater is located in a municipality with a maximum population of 50,000

or

  • You have won an award within the last 3 years before submitting your application with
    • Cinema Program Award of the BKM

or

  • the cinema prize of the Kinematheksverbund

or

  • a cinema program prize of the federal states

or

  • you have an audience share of at least 40 percent for German and European films

or

  • In the last 3 calendar years, an average of 40 percent of your total programming (film titles screened) consisted of German and other European films. The number of titles is decisive for the programming.
Which documents are required?

You must submit the following with your application

  • Cost and financing plan
  • Cost estimates
  • Information on rental, lease or ownership status
  • Current extract from the commercial register or extract from the register of associations of the applicant, not older than one year
  • Precise description of the measure
  • for cinemas in cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants: proof of cinema program award
  • from the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM)

or

  • of the federal states

or

  • the Cinematheque Association

or

  • if not available: Proof of audience shares

or

  • Film program with the help of a complete schedule from the last 3 years before application

In order to receive the first installment of funding, you must submit

  • the completed application for payment with your signature
    • if you are not the applicant, an additional power of attorney from the applicant
  • all proof of financing

Before you receive the last installment, you must submit

  • Proof of use (numerical proof and factual report) with your signature
    • if you are not the applicant, an additional power of attorney from the applicant
What are the fees?

none

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
  • for the application: none, applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis
  • Use of funds: within 6 months of approval of the funding
  • Submission of proof of use: when the last installment is paid out, but no later than 6 months after the end of the approval period

Notes:
You may only start the measure once your application has been approved.
In particularly justified exceptional cases, the deadlines can be extended on request.

Processing duration
  • for processing the application: usually 8 weeks

Note:
The processing time can only be adhered to if the application is submitted in full with all the necessary documents.

Legal basis
Appeal
  • Contradiction
Applications / forms
  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form required: yes (signed application)
  • Personal appearance required: no
Author
Forwarding service: Deep link to the original portal

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM)

Professionally released on

11.03.2021

Teaser

If you would like to invest in your cinema, you can apply for funding under certain conditions.

Process flow

You must apply for funding under the Future Cinema Program online and in writing to the German Federal Film Board (FFA):

  • You submit the application online via the FFA's application and notification portal. You can also upload all the necessary documents there.
  • Complete the application form electronically and send it off. Then print out the sent application form and sign it. Send the signed application form by post to the FFA within 5 days of submitting the online application in order to make the application legally binding.
  • The FFA will check your application. If the FFA approves your application, you will receive a grant notification by post.
  • You can now start the project.
  • Please note
    • If necessary, you can also apply to start your measure before your grant notification is issued.
  • If you would like to receive an installment payment, submit the application for installment payment online and upload the required documents. Print out the electronically sent installment payment form and sign it. Send the signed application form to the FFA by post.
  • The FFA will check your application for payment in installments and will transfer the installment if all supporting documents are available.
  • Once you have completed the measure, you submit an online application to the FFA for verification of the use of funds together with the payment of the last installment:
  • You create a proof of use online (numerical proof and factual report) and upload all required documents. Complete the form for the where-used list check electronically and send it off. Then print out the sent form and sign it. Send the signed form to the FFA by post.
  • The FFA will check the where-used list and transfer the final installment upon submission of all supporting documents.

Who should I contact?

Requirements

Applications can be submitted:

  • Operators of fixed cinemas
    • based in the Federal Republic of Germany and with a maximum of 7 screens
      • from a federal state with its own cinema funding program
      • and
      • with proof of economic viability
      • Economic viability is generally recognized if:
      • your cinema has had an average of 275 screenings in the past 3 years
      • and
      • can demonstrate an average of at least 9 months of continuous operation

Other requirements:

You must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Your movie theater is located in a municipality with a maximum population of 50,000

or

  • You have won an award within the last 3 years before submitting your application with
    • Cinema Program Award of the BKM

or

  • the cinema prize of the Kinematheksverbund

or

  • a cinema program prize of the federal states

or

  • you have an audience share of at least 40 percent for German and European films

or

  • In the last 3 calendar years, an average of 40 percent of your total programming (film titles screened) consisted of German and other European films. The number of titles is decisive for the programming.

Which documents are required?

You must submit the following with your application

  • Cost and financing plan
  • Cost estimates
  • Information on rental, lease or ownership status
  • Current extract from the commercial register or extract from the register of associations of the applicant, not older than one year
  • Precise description of the measure
  • for cinemas in cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants: proof of cinema program award
  • from the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM)

or

  • of the federal states

or

  • the Cinematheque Association

or

  • if not available: Proof of audience shares

or

  • Film program with the help of a complete schedule from the last 3 years before application

In order to receive the first installment of funding, you must submit

  • the completed application for payment with your signature
    • if you are not the applicant, an additional power of attorney from the applicant
  • all proof of financing

Before you receive the last installment, you must submit

  • Proof of use (numerical proof and factual report) with your signature
    • if you are not the applicant, an additional power of attorney from the applicant

What are the fees?

none

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

  • for the application: none, applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis
  • Use of funds: within 6 months of approval of the funding
  • Submission of proof of use: when the last installment is paid out, but no later than 6 months after the end of the approval period

Notes:
You may only start the measure once your application has been approved.
In particularly justified exceptional cases, the deadlines can be extended on request.

Processing duration

  • for processing the application: usually 8 weeks

Note:
The processing time can only be adhered to if the application is submitted in full with all the necessary documents.

Legal basis

Appeal

  • Contradiction

Applications / forms

  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form required: yes (signed application)
  • Personal appearance required: no

Author

Forwarding service: Deep link to the original portal

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM)

Professionally released on

11.03.2021

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