International Coproduction Fund

Fin de mission – ohne Auftrag leben / Foto: StefanGlagla Fin de mission – ohne Auftrag leben / Foto: StefanGlagla

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.

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

Award criteria

  • 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.

General Information
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.  
Further information
  • 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.

Next application deadline

The application deadline has expired. The next deadline is April 30, 2018. The online application form will be available again in mid-March 2018.

Supported Projects



  • Your Voice, My Voice, Our Voice: Khaled Abdallah Dagher (Egypt), Uwe Dierksen (Germany), European Egyptian Contemporary Music Society / Hannes Siedle, Birgitte Muntendorf
  • Finding Home: Efe Paul Azino (Nigeria), Tanasgol Sabbagh (Germany)
  • MEDEA² - DOIS MUNDOS, UMA NARRAÇÃO: Teatro Avenida (Mozambique), Theater Osnabrück (Germany)
  • Acts of Listening: Score for Sonic Placemaking: Tsonami Arte Sonoro (Chile), Tuned City (Germany), Onassis Cultural Centre Athens (Greece)
  • DELEGATION X: Nam Young Baek (South-Korea), LUNATIKS, Theaterdiscounter Berlin (Germany)
  • Original Sin - A Live Noir Road Movie Concert: Jonathan Berger, Jamie Stewart (USA), Susanne Sachsse (Germany)
  • COMPASS: 21:21, Teater ITD (Croatia), Verein für allgemeines Wohl / Simone Aughterlony (Germany)
  • Who's baila is it anyway?: Venuri Perera (Sri Lanka), Lea Moro (Germany)
  • NOISE:APPARATUS: Extantation (Thailand), Apparatus, Hellerau (Germany)
  • Feminist Pornscapes, choreographic performance: Station Service for contemporary dance / Ana Dubljevic (Serbia), Mousonturm / Frida Laux and Rahel Crawford Barra (Germany), Act Festival (Bulgaria)
  • Lufthase 2 - Reclaim the Air!: Pneuma Szöv., Off-Biennale Budapest (Hungary), ongoing project (Germany)
  • SIGNIFYING GHOSTS: Association DONKO SEKO / Kettly Noël (Mali), Cocoon Dance / Rafaële Giovanola, Zentrum für zeitgenössische Tanz / Vera Sander, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Germany)


  • The Last Migration: 3017 ACE: Sandbox Collective (India), Felix Mathias Ott and TANZFABRIK (Germany)
  • May he rise and smell the fragrance: Ali Chahrour (Lebanon), Montévidéo (France) and fabrik Potsdam (Germany)
  • Careborg, Berlin-Buenos Aires in virtual connection: Liliana Tasso (Argentina) and Martin Nachbar (Germany)
  • No Man / Žádný člověk / Kein Mensch: National Theater (Czech Republic) and Globale Festival (Germany)
  • Black And White Ain't No Colours: IYASA-Inkululeko Yabatsha School Of Arts (Zimbabwe) and Theater Strahl (Germany)
  • The Tiger and the Lion: Royal District Theatre (Georgia) and Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany)
  • More than one species: INDIGO, South Caucasus Contemporary Dance and Experimental Art Festival in Tbilisi (Georgia) and Takako Suzuki (Germany)
  • Bazar / SuperCopy: Madrassa Collective (Palästina, Lebanon, Cameroon, Egypt, Marokko), LE 18 (Marokko), Port25 and SuperCopy / Jan-Philipp Possmann (Germany)
  • Sound Journeys from the Archive of Oswaldo Lares: ArchivOlares-Guillermo Lares (Venezuela), TAL / Stefan Schneider and Elizabeth Gallon Droste (Germany)
  • CHOMBOTROPE: Nairobi Festival of Performance and Media / Kefa Oiro (Kenya), MOUVOIR / Stephanie Thiersch and Tanzhaus NRW (Germany)


  • Fin de mission / ohne Auftrag leben: OTHNI Laboratoire de Théâtre de Yaoandé / Martin Ambara (Cameroon) and kainkollektiv / Lettow&Schmuck (Germany)
  • in_visible: Aya Mansour, Zahraa Ghandour (Iraq) and Modjgan Hashemian (Germany)
  • Hillbrowfication: Outreach Foundation / Hillbrow Theater Project (South Africa) and DorkyPark / Constanza Macras (Germany)
  • Tu comprends? / Verstehste?: Théâtre du Chocolat (Cameroon) and Theaterhaus Ensemble (Germany)
  • Mr. Miller goes to Budapest: Gabor Hollos (Hungary) and SCHAU Ensemble Leipzig (Germany)
  • Social Muscle Club in South Africa: ALMA MARTHA (South Africa) and Social Muscle Club (Germany)
  • INTER:CITIES Berlin-Santiago-La Serena: Tomas Koljatic, Esteban Correa (Chile), Hector Moro (Chile/Germany) and Ensemble LUX:NM (Germany)
  • 500 Meter - Kafka, Große Mauer oder Bilder aus einer irrealen Welt: Paper Tiger Theatre Studio (China), Stary Teatr (Poland) and Thalia Theater Hamburg (Germany) 
  • Shifting Realities: École des Sables Toubab Dialaw (Senegal), tanzhaus nrw, HELLERAU (Germany)
  • Music for Unstageable Theater: Adel Abdelwahab (Egypt), Mohamed Fouad (France), Hella Gerlach and Alexander Paulick (Germany)
  • EPA turned into music: Daniel Mburu Muhuni (Kenya), Sven Kacirek (Germany) and Agnieszka Krzeminska (Poland/Germany)
  • Der Stamm: Machol Shalem Dance House / Shlomi Bitton (Israel), Stadttheater Freiburg / Graham Smith (Germany)
  • Body Symphony: Sunlay Almeida Rodriguez, Humberto Díaz, Enmanuel Blanco, Laboratorio Nacional de música electroacústica (Cuba), Gregorio García Karman, Studio für elektroakustische Musik - Akademie der Künste (Germany)
  • DOWN TO EARTH: Kieron Jina, Yogin Sullaphen (South Africa) and Marc Philipp Gabriel (Germany)
  • Added ValEUropa broke down (so we go looking for utopia in Greenland): Sermermiut Culture House (Greenland), FarNorth Network (Iceland/Greenland), Theaterwerkstatt Pilkentafel and Rheinische Kantorei (Germany)


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