After already seducing Hollywood with its idyllic charm, the German state of Bavaria is waiting to be discovered by Hindi film producers
This is the free state of Bavaria (aka Bayern) in Southern Germany with its picture-perfect countryside. Unspoilt natural surroundings, healthy air, a wealth of culture and the proverbially laid-back Bavarian attitude to life are its hallmarks. Bavaria’s medieval castles and small towns, magnificent palaces and baroque churches, not to mention its urban centres, provide the perfect setting for everything, from traditional festivals to high opera. A harmonious blend of the traditional and the modern world, Bavaria is a one-stop destination when it comes to idyllic locations.
Filmmakers in search of the most picturesque location will love the region’s many sparkling lakes, national parks and nature reserves, myth-enshrouded forests and sun-drenched vineyards, dramatic hills and, of course, the majestic Alps – home to the tallest peak in Germany, Mount Zugspitze. The Romantic Road, the Castles Route, the German Alpine Road and many other more locales are the best in Europe with richly varied landscapes. Bavaria shares international borders with Austria and the Czech Republic as well as with Switzerland. Because all of these countries are part of the Schengen area, the border is completely open. Neighbouring states within Germany are Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Thuringia and Saxony.
The Bavarian Alps define the border with Austria, and within the range is the highest peak in Germany, the Zugspitze. The Bavarian Forest and the Bohemian Forest form the vast majority of the frontier with the Czech Republic and Bohemia.The major cities in Bavaria are Munich, Nuremberg, Augsburg, Regensburg, Würzburg, Ingolstadt, Fürth and Erlangen.
Bavaria is a great place to visit regardless of season but the very best time is during the summer months of July to September. In winter, the foothills and mountains of Bavaria are snow-covered from December through to February and sometimes even well into April on some of the higher slopes. Spring has a charm all of its very own when the landscape bursts into bloom after its cold winter sleeps whilst autumn is the season when all is awash with gold. Away from the hustle and bustle of the high season months is a good time to enjoy the towns and countryside of Bavaria in peace and quiet.
The support of feature-length productions is the FFF Bayern’s most important funding area: In 2007, EUR 17 million in support funds was awarded.The production of feature-length films can be supported with up to 30 per cent of the bona fide production costs. The maximum subsidy sum is EUR 1.6 million. The support is awarded as a conditionally repayable loan and is disbursed in installments. Foreign producers may access this by way of a German co-producer.
Bavarian EffectAt least 1.5 times the amount of the afforded loan must be spent in Bavaria.
Equity Ratio and Equity Capital
The producer must provide an appropriate share of the financing. The equity ratio may be fulfilled in the form of distribution minimum guarantees, the sale of television licensing, personal contribution or personal equity capital. In case of co-productions, equity capital should amount to 5 per cent of the submitting producer’s financial co-production shares.
The application must be accompanied by a valid contract or a Deal Memo with a German distributor. Additional constituent parts include: screenplay, short synopsis, a calculation, a finance plan with proof of financing, verification of adaptation rights, as well as a list of cast and crew members. The applications for funding can be submitted throughout the year.
Bavarian Bank Fund
Films expecting economic success may apply for additional funds from the BavarianBankFund. This form of financing is disbursed as a conditionally repayable loan, to which interest is applied. The loan is made by the LfA Förderbank. The requested financing