The DW Akademie Film Development Fund has been designed to support filmmakers from the Global South who are passionate about making films and want to build sustainable careers.
We want to support creatives in developing film projects who may otherwise struggle to get their voices heard and their stories told and thus contribute to social change and freedom of expression.
We offer filmmakers a combination of financial support (maximum 10,000€) for the development of projects up to production stage and a tailor-made training program.
This year, the DW Akademie Film Development Fund starts first with calls for applications in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.
After sorting through over 60 applications, a jury of film experts selected Abraham Gezahagne Assefa, Dirbdil Assefa Akirso, Hiwot Admasu Getaneh and Henok Mebratu as the first grantees of the DW Akademie Film Development Fund.
The filmmakers will receive one year of funding, training and mentorship from DW Akademie in a project supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).