Things to know about our separate funding for production preparation

Within the framework of this type of funding, IDM supports preparatory measures such as project development or production preparation, in the strict sense. In exceptional cases, such funding is also available for screenplay development. We support up to 50% of the costs, to a maximum of 50,000 Euros, which are dispersed in the form of grants. This type of funding requires your project to have a cultural reference to South Tyrol and that it will be primarily realized in South Tyrol.

The cultural reference of a project can be defined by the subject, but also by the professionals involved in the project, in particular by the producer, the author or the director.

Who is eligible?

As a rule, only production companies are eligible to submit applications for our funding model. In the case of a co-production, the application is generally submitted by the majority producer. Whether a granting of funds is intended to support the majority producer or the community of co-producers together should be clarified with us in advance. A majority status is established, as is international standard, based on the copyright share. This must be proven and amount to at least 50%.

Exceptions are made for international co-productions with Italian participation. In such cases, and according to our funding model, the majority Italian producer should submit the application, even in cases where the Italian producer is himself the minority producer among the international partners. In such cases, support is granted for the share of the Italian production partner.

If a South Tyrolean producer is involved in a national or international co-production, a further exception takes effect. In this case, the South Tyrolean producer is to submit the application, regardless of the producer’s status within the co-production group. Analogous to the previously mentioned regulation, support is granted in such cases to the share of the South Tyrolean production partner.

The Territorial Effect

Production preparation funding does not require a specific regional effect.

The Cultural Characteristics Test

As a rule, only projects which obtain at least four of maximum 16 points of the so-called “Cultural Characteristics Test” can be funded. You can review your project here in reference to the required cultural criteria.

Applicant’s Contribution

The applicant’s contribution should amount to at least 50% of the production preparation costs. Personal resources within the applicant’s contribution should cover at least 5% of the calculated production costs of the production preparation.

The Funding Application

In order to be eligible for consideration for separate funding for production preparation, the following supporting documents are required:

  • a synopsis
  • a calculation of the preparation measures
  • a description of the measures
  • a financing plan of the production preparation
  • an exploitation concept
  • a min. 10, max. 12 page treatment
  • the screenplay (if already in existence)

Please note that we can only examine your application further if it has been completed in its entiretyIncomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for the year 2019 are:

  • 30.01.19 until 12.00 (decision until 19.03.2019)
  • 08.05.19 until 12.00 (decision until 25.06.2019)
  • 18.09.19 until 12.00 (decision until 12.11.2019)

Applications may be made, revised and sent at any time via our online-portal. Applications will be considered during the next period of review, which begins at 12 o’clock on the days listed above. Before submitting your application, please make an appointment for a personal consultation with our funding specialists. After such consultation, you will then be granted access for registration to the online application process. Please note that all applications must be submitted online. Please send by mail also five copies of the screenplay before the deadlines listed above.

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