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FUNDING Germany

NRW gives priority to creativity

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In response to the wish expressed in January by Jürgen Rüttgers, president of the board of directors of the North Rhine Westphalia Filmstiftung (NRW), to facilitate access to public funding for young film artists, the federal state's regional funding body has set up a new programme for the new generation.

Approximately €1.5m per year will now be given to graduation films and first films. A five-member jury, who will handle these types of films exclusively, will rapidly process applications for support, within the framework of a new, simplified procedure. Eligible candidates include students from cinema and television schools in North Rhine Westphalia or from any third level institution in the region.

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"With the Produktion 1 and Produktion 2 programmes, which support first short and feature length films, the new generation has been the focus of our work for a long time," points out Michael Schmid-Ospach, director of the NRW regional funding body, who is delighted to continue this important effort.

State Media Secretary Thomas Kemper has echoed enthusiasm for the new programme, saying he is confident that the "less bureaucratic and faster procedure will be a step forward for young artists in our state".

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(Translated from French)

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