The 24-month VGF grants are advertised each year. The Verwertungsgesellschaft für Nutzungsrechte an Filmwerken mbH, or VGF for short, supports innovative young producers whose aim is movie production.
The sponsorship has helped almost 100 film producers to position themselves in the market in their start-up phase over the past years. This includes well-established names such as Jakob Claussen, Thomas Wöbke, Philip Voges, Mischa Hofmann, Philipp Budweg, and Walker & Worm Film.
What Includes the VGF Grant
The VGF grant primarily helps with the high fixed costs faced by young newcomers. An office space at the Bavarian Film Centre is financed for 24 months. Grantees do not need their own secretary, as the office is always staffed when they are out doing research, at project meetings, or filming. There are no expensive investments in furniture, photocopiers, or telephone systems: everything is covered by the grant. Additionally, personal support and advice are offered through the Bavarian Film Centre Geiselgasteig.
What to Include in Your Application
The application should include an informal cover letter, a C.V., and a detailed project plan. Documents must be submitted in digital form via email (max. 10 MB) to the Bavarian Film Centre.
The VGF grant is awarded by an independent advisory council made up of Uli Aselmann (die film), Christian Becker (Rat Pack Filmproduktion), Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton (SamFilm) and Anja-Karina Richter (Bavarian Film Centre).
The final submission date is 31 July each year. The start date is 1 September of the same year. Detailed information is available at Bavarian Film Centre Geiselgasteig.