|FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF Bayern) is the leading name in film and television funding in Bavaria. The funding activities of FFF Bayern include theatrical feature films (from screenplay and production development, through production and distribution, to sales and marketing as well as international co-productions), independent television productions, films of the up- and coming generation of filmmakers, games and interactive entertainment. FFF supports as well as cinema exhibition. Since 2009, small- and medium-sized cinemas have also been able to apply for support in the area of digitalization investment, for which the Free State of Bavaria has provided an annual budget of 1 million euros.
In addition to its funding activities, FFF Bayern also offers comprehensive consulting and information services for the production industry through its Department of Press, Information & Services and the Film Commission Bavaria. At home and abroad, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern also represents and promotes Bavaria as a media location. The preservation and improvement of a film-friendly climate in Bavaria and the creation of further jobs in the promising media sector are of particular interest.
FilmFernsehFonds Bayern currently has an annual support budget of some 30 million euros at its disposal. This sum is provided by the Free State of Bavaria, Bavarian Broadcasting (BR), the Bavarian Regional Media Authority (BLM), the public broadcaster ZDF, as well as by the private broadcasters ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL.
MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH
MFG Baden-Württemberg is the centre of excellence for IT, media and film of the federal state Baden-Württemberg in Germany's southwest. Based in Stuttgart, it promotes Baden-Württemberg as a premier location for the creative industries. MFG Baden-Württemberg consists of three divisions: MFG Innovation Agency for ICT and Media, MFG Foundation and MFG Film Funding, committed to the promotion of the southern German state's film sector.
The shareholders are the state of Baden-Württemberg and the public broadcasting company SWR, partnering with ZDF/Arte since 1999. The annual budget of approx. 15 million euros subsidizes cinema and TV productions, script development and distribution of feature films, documentaries and animated films. Numerous measures to improve infrastructures contribute to the diversity of Baden-Württemberg's cinemas.
In addition to its continual promotion of cinemas with targeted programs (innovation loans and digitalization), the MFG has now launched the Siegfried Kracauer Award for Film Criticism as part of its initiative to strengthen the position of German cinemas.
Professor Carl Bergengruen assumed sole executive directorship of the MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH on January 1, 2014.
Throughout its 95-year history, ARRI has been associated with constant innovation and revolutionary technologies in all of its core businesses. The company is involved in all aspects of the film industry: engineering, design, manufacture, production, visual effects, postproduction, equipment rental, laboratory services and studio lighting solutions. Manufactured products include cameras, lighting fixtures and digital postproduction tools. In addition to camera systems for 16 mm, 35 mm and 65 mm film, ARRI leads the field in digital acquisition with its ALEXA digital camera system, which delivers the highest quality images with minimal noise, wide dynamic range and workflows. Lighting products encompass traditional technologies as well as the latest advances in LED illumination, while the ARRISCAN film scanner and ARRILASER film recorder have become ubiquitous, indispensable tools in postproduction facilities all over the world. Film and digital image manipulation, restoration, archiving and preservation are addressed with products such as the ARRISCAN Wetgate and various archive tools.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI technologies and continual innovation with 18 Scientific and Engineering Awards. Most recently, the developers of the ARRILASER were honoured by the Academy with the Academy Award of Merit® (Oscar Statuette®).
Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo (www.entespettacolo.org) was established in 1946 and is a well-structured and multimedia institution committed to the spread, promotion and enhancement of film culture in Italy.
Over the years, it has become a leader and supervises the cinema sections for Corriere.it, il Sole 24 Ore, ar-Code, Chili tv, Virgilio-iol, ComingSoon Television, mtv, its Informatica, Tiscali, Lancia Everywhere Mobile, Filmauro, Monini Cinema, Alitalia, Adn Kronos, Dire e Dire Giovani.
It carries out both traditional and electronic publishing activities through the web portal www.cinematografo.it, organizes cultural events, international conferences, workshops, film premieres, often in collaboration with important Italian and foreign partners, among which the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, "Cahiers du cinéma", Film Commission Torino Piemonte, Fondazione Cineteca Italiana di Milano, mibact, Museo del Cinema di Torino.
It publishes the "Rivista del Cinematografo", the longest running Italian film magazine.
It owns the web portal www.cineconomy.com, which was established in 2009 to offer an organic view of the Italian Film Market and Industry to all users. Through political and financial articles published by the main European newspapers, Cineconomy provides a wide range of opinions and points of view, trying to give a homogeneous picture of the European situation.
Every year it publishes the Report. The Market and the Cinema Industry in Italy, that can be downloaded from the website free of charge, even in the English version.
Other partners and supporters include:
ANEC - Italy's National Exhibitors' Association
AG Kino - Germany's Art-house Cinemas' Association
CICAE - International Confederation of Art House Cinemas
EDCF - European Digital Cinema Forum
FECE - Spain's National Exhibitors' Association
HDF Kino - Germany's National Exhibitors' Association
NVB - The Netherlands' National Exhibitors' Association