This funding is intended for coproductions by artists in the fields of theatre, dance, music and performance art, in which hybrid and interdisciplinary formats and the use of digital media may be key components. The target group comprises professional artists and ensembles abroad and in Germany, which demonstrably lack sufficient resources to realize their coproduction project on their own.
With the International Coproduction Fund the Goethe-Institut would like to support the unrestricted international and intercultural exchange of artists and their ideas. The facilitation of such an exchange and the networking it spawns among the various players are equally as important as the productions resulting from the project.
The joint application, which must be submitted by the foreign partner (living and working abroad), must show clearly that good working contacts already exist between the partners and that both parties are interested in putting together a joint, dialogue-oriented production. Goethe-Institut head office recommends getting in touch with local Goethe-Instituts who may be helpful in developing the application and project.
The International Coproduction Fund promotes projects which are of a high artistic calibre and which have considerable public impact. The results of the collaborative efforts are to be presented in a professional setting in at least one country, though ideally both in Germany and abroad. An application should include a feasible financial plan which, in addition to third-party funding, should also show the substantial contributions of all the project partners involved. The amount of funding requested should not exceed €25,000. The fund mainly provides support for travel expenses (including accommodation and catering costs).
Projects between German and non-European partners, in particular from transition countries
, are preferred.
Funding may be requested for projects over the period 2016-2018.
The project partners have the task of doing active, broad-based public-relations work, in which the support from the Goethe Institut's International Coproduction Fund should always be mentioned. Both partners should pay close attention to documenting the progress of the project with photos, videos, press reports and other modes of display, in order to facilitate a presentation of the project on the website of the International Coproduction Fund.
The Goethe-Institut’s Culture Department is responsible for administering the International Coproduction Fund. The employees of the music and theatre/dance departments carefully examine all the applications received both on their formal criteria, as well as on their compliance with the objectives or award criteria of the International Coproduction Fund. Then, after the end of the application period, the applications that have been accepted will be submitted to an independent expert committee. The five-member jury consists of alternating representatives of the advisory boards of the Goethe-Institut, international experts and a representative of the Goethe-Institut abroad.
Deadlines for projects beginning:
- in 2017: April 30, 2017
- in 2018: October 30, 2017 and April 30, 2018
- Expected artistic quality of the project
- Innovative potential in the form and content of the collaboration
- Relevance of the participating artists in their respective scenes
- Budget indicating project partners’ own contributions and a solid financial plan
- A balanced project partnership, not dominated by one partner
- At least one performance to be given in one of the participating countries, ideally in other countries as well
- Preference will be given to projects between German and non-European partners, especially from transition countries
- The project’s potential to contribute significantly to current social discourse
- Applicants should be prepared to participate in an event demonstrating the exchange of coproduction knowhow at the end of the agreed grant period
- No applications for guest performance funding
- The projects submitted should embrace only the performing arts (no outright film or exhibition projects)
The application deadline has expired. The next deadline is April 30, 2018
. The online application form will be available again in mid-March 2018.
Applications to the International Coproduction Fund are made by electronic means using an online form. The application form is only available in English and applications can only be submitted in English.
This blank application form will give you an overview of the structure of the online form.
This manual for the application form gives you information on the fields to be completed and the documents to be submitted. Please read the information thoroughly before you complete an application.
- Who can submit the application or who is the first coproducer?
The applicant and/or 1st coproducer is the foreign partner who does not have his home and work in Germany. He/she is the main contact person for the project, as well as the contractual partner with the local Goethe-Institut abroad and, in principle, also the administrator of the grant. The applicant can be both a private person as well as a legal entity.
- Who is the 2nd coproducer? Can other coproducers be involved?
Coproduction funding requires at least two partners to cooperate with each other. It also requires a coproduction partner from abroad (1st coproducer) cooperating with a partner in Germany. The partner in Germany is the 2nd coproducer in the application. On the application form, up to two other coproducers (four in total) can be entered. A joint artistic development of the project is mandatory, therefore no guest performances, tours or festival participation will be funded.
Third and other coproducers are not compulsory for the funding of the coproduction, but they increase the chances of being awarded the grant. The definition of a coproducer is deliberately broad. What is decisive is that he/she makes a substantial contribution to the production.
- Where and how often should the production be shown?
There are no restrictions on where the production, the premiere and the other performances should take place. Productions shown in at least two countries are given priority.
- What is not funded by the International Coproduction Fund?
The Coproduction Fund does not support commercially oriented projects and does not support ongoing operating costs. Outright film productions and exhibitions without a performing approach are also not funded. The Coproduction Fund is geared to the performing arts.
Guest performances can avail themselves of other sponsorship opportunities provided by the Goethe-Institut.
- How can I increase the chances of funding our project?
Mainly by respecting the basic conditions for the approval of a grant: through active cooperation between the partners in the development and realisation of the project, the guarantee of co-financing (third party and one’s own funds), as well as transparent cost planning. It is also advantageous if the topic is time-related or of social relevance or if interdisciplinary work takes place. Incomplete and late applications cannot be considered.
A clarifying discussion with the responsible Goethe-Institut in your country before the application is submitted can also increase the chances of obtaining funding for the project.
- Can the Goethe-Institut help me find a project partner?
The creation of contacts between future project partners is not the task of the Fund. The actual players involved in the project should take the initiative. On the website of the Goethe-Institut you will find information on the German scene as well as on projects that have already been funded. Another way to find a project partner is to get in touch with the local Goethe-Institut.
- What are the various procedures of the application process?
The application form is available on the website six weeks prior to the respective application deadline.
The project proposals are then submitted to the next meeting of the jury of experts so that they can make their decision. Two jury sessions take place each year.
The results are communicated within 20 days of the jury session (approximately two months after the application deadline). The applicant should submit the APPLICATION NUMBER, then he or she can also be informed by telephone or e-mail. Please provide this number in any written correspondence about the project.