International Coproduction Fund
International coproductions epitomize a form of artistic collaboration involving partnership and dialogue. With a view to encouraging new collaborative working processes and innovative productions involving international cultural exchange, the Goethe-Institut set up a new coproduction fund in the summer of 2016 to promote new working networks and approaches within a global context and to explore new forms of intercultural collaboration.
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.
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.
Deadlines*Deadlines for projects beginning:
- in 2019: October 15, 2018 and April 15, 2019
- 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)
*subject to modification
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?
- Who is the 2nd coproducer? Can other coproducers be involved?
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?
- What is not funded by the International Coproduction Fund?
Guest performances can avail themselves of other sponsorship opportunities provided by the Goethe-Institut.
- How can I increase the chances of funding our project?
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?
- What are the various procedures of the application process?
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.
Next application deadlineThe next deadline is October 15, 2018* at 23:59 (CET - Central European Time). The online application form will be available again in September 2018.
*subject to modification
International Coproduction Fund