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Call for Proposals: “VR Punk Pitch Battle“
You have an idea for an artistic and/or narrative VR/XR project? How about pitching this idea online and live in front of a jury at the Virtual Reality & Arts Festival VRHAM! ? Then send your idea to Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein til Thursday, June 10. more

Shoot your heart out in the north

Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein in the Spotlight
The regions Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein have always been popular film shoot locations in Germany. Our film commission wants to share the diversity of the North and inspire all the creative folks with film ideas, so it created short video clips of locations in Hamburg and Schleswig Holstein—from unique classics to iconic corners and hidden treasures. more

We are looking for your innovative projects

Up to 50,000 euros in funding
Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein supports innovative, narrative projects from 360-degree videos to immersive XR experiences with grants of up to 50,000 euros per funding measure. Are you from our region or do you want to realise your project here? Maybe we will get to know each other very soon. more

Three new film projects supported

German-Turkish Co-Production Development Fund
The German-Turkish Co-Production Development Fund, established by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and the Istanbul Film Festival - Meetings on the Bridge with the support of the Republic of Turkey's Ministry of Tourism and Culture, has selected three projects in the 2020 selection session. more

Look within your own four walls

VRHAM! Festival 2020
Turning something good into something even better: Once again, as part of the VRHAM! Festival from 4–7 June this year, two teams will work with a mentor to develop their virtual reality projects. This time, it's all about collective instincts and domestic landscapes. more

German Film Commissions and National Film Associations Launch the First Nationwide Sustainability Initiative

Keen to be green
For the first time, the network of German Film Commissions has launched a nationwide digital event series with the aim of providing individual training to filmmakers in the field of sustainable work processes. more

Freedom for Filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof

Urgent Call
The European Film Academy, The Cannes Film Festival, the Deutsche Filmakademie, the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, the Filmfest Hamburg, the IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), the Netherlands Film Fund and the Accademia del cinema italiano-Premi David di Donatello wish to express their deepest concern about the imminent incarceration of the Iranian film director Mohammad Rasoulof. more

Let the bear hunt begin

Berlinale 2020
Hamburg-based director Mohammad Rasoulof is aiming for a Golden Bear with "There is no Evil". At the end of January, the festival management announced that the film would be running in the Competition at the 70th international film festival in Berlin. FFHSH will be represented by no less than seven world premieres at the Berlinale, among them political thriller "Curveball" and First Steps winner "No hard feelings". more

Greener, brighter, more money and more formats

New guidelines
The film market has changed significantly in recent years, so it is only logical that we in film funding continue to develop. This year, we will change a lot and present our developments at two events in Hamburg (12.02.2020) and Kiel (13.02.2020). Those who would like a rough overview until that point are in the right place! more

Warner Bros. to provide Filmförderung one million euros support annually from 2020

New Cooperation
New lease of life for film in Northern Germany: Hamburg-based Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH will contribute to state funding in Germany for the first time, in the future topping up Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH) subsidies by one million euros annually. To boost development of new talent, at least 25 per cent of the total will go towards youth projects. Warner and FFHSH signed the corresponding agreement today. The subsidy will be awarded by a new FFHSH committee from April 2020. more

System Crasher in the running for an Oscar

Academy Awards 2020
Germany sends drama "System Crasher" from Hamburg director Nora Fingscheidt into the race for an Oscar Nomination in the category "Best International Feature Film". This was announced today by German Films. more

Film maker from Hamburg sentenced

Mohammad Rasoulof
According to Filmfest Hamburg, director Mohammad Rasoulof, who lives in Hamburg and Tehran, has been sentenced to one year in prison in Iran. Rasoulof received an award for his drama "A Man of Integrity" at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. more

Serious competition and a look back

Berlinale 2019
In February, the eyes of the film world are on Berlin. From 7-17 February, the international film industry is gathering in the German capital for the 69th time. FFHSH is being represented by 21 of its funded projects, including Fatih Akins' horror movie, "The Golden Glove", and Nora Fingscheidt's "System Crasher", two funded films that are taking part in the Competition. more

Three Angels for the Elbphilharmonie

Mayoral Set Visit
Hollywood in Hamburg: On Friday evening, Hamburg's Prime Minister Peter Tschentscher met director and actress Elizabeth Banks at the filming of 'Charlie's Angels' in the Elbphilharmonie. more

Crime, War and Hours of Therapy

Hamburg Film Festival 2018
Eleven films funded by FFHSH are on the programme for the 26th Hamburg Film Festival, among them successful film festival participants, “Another day of Life” and “Sibel”. The films will be shown alongside several industry events and film location tours. more

Immersive Technology as a Punk Moment – Masterclass with Simon Wilkinson

Filmfest Hamburg 2018
With examples from Central Asia, Latin America and Africa, transmedia artist and VR expert Simon Wilkinson shows us at Filmfest Hamburg 2018 what VR is all about. Visit his masterclass at 4th October for free. more

VR Connect: 3 cities, one conference

A view to the future
90 pairs of VR goggles, three locations, and a whole lot of fiberoptic cable: Last Tuesday, VR CONNECT hosted the first trinational virtual reality conference where attendees in Malmö, Aarhus and Hamburg were able to plunge into virtual worlds at the same time. more

Maria Köpf leaves Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

Managing Director position to be re-advertised
Maria Köpf, Managing Director of Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (FFHSH), has advised the company’s Board of Directors that she will not renew her contract past March 31, 2019. more

Cannes Classics pay Homage to Ingmar Bergman

71st Cannes Film Festival
This year, there are two movies representing northern Germany at the Cannes Film Festival: Margarethe von Trotta's homage 'Searching for Ingmar Bergman' will have its world premiere in the "Cannes Classics" category; and animated movie 'Another Day of Life' will be playing out of competition. Both movies are backed by Hamburg production houses. more

Film North Strongly Represented

Berlinale 2018
Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein is represented by 18 funded productions and several events at the 68th Berlinale. There is hope for a Golden Bear for director Emily Atef, whose drama "3 Days in Quiberon" is competing. more

Constructing a Sea View

3 Days in Quiberon - Behind the Scene
The town of Südstrand on the Schleswig-Holstein holiday island Fehmarn was one of the main locations for the feature film 3 Days in Quiberon by Emily Atef about three consequential days in the life of Romy Schneider. more

Like an onion that is slowly peeled

Interview Fatih Akin + Nurhan Sekerci-Porst
World premiere in Cannes, Critics' Choice winner and a Golden Globe: things could not go any better for the Hamburg-based In the Fade director Fatih Akin and producer Nurhan Sekerci-Porst. more

Location Expertise

Interview with Nic Diedrich
Location Scout Nic Diedrich knows all the secret hidden places and mysterious nooks and crannies in the Hanseatic city and surrounding area. more


FFHSH on Boulevard de la Croisette
Northern Germany is particularly well represented at the upcoming 70th Cannes Film Festival, with four FFHSH-funded films included in the Festival programme. Of these, one is in the Competition section. more