Consultation, Legal Representation
and Application Service for Projects with Public Funding


Consultation, Legal Representation and Application Service for Projects with Public Funding

Volker Otte and his team specialises exclusively in consulting, representing and application of film, media and cultural funding.

The service covers state-of-the-art structuring, filling and processing of applications for film, media, festivals and cultural projects financed by German and European funding bodies that are applicable from Germany (e.g. German Federal Film Fund, BKM, German regional funds, Creative Europe and Eurimages). Furthermore, applications to the national authorities responsible for certificates of origin (BAFA) and other German certificates like FBW and FSK are offered.

The service is addressed to German and international producers and co-producers, distributors, financiers, festivals and private persons. Moreover, the service is in demand from political decision-makers, associations and guilds, for example, for the creation of funding guidelines.

In addition, the office offers individual workshops and lectures for corporations, film academies, colleges, media conventions and further education institutions.

The office also provides a confidential emergency service for projects in a current crisis situation.

The office has an excellent legal network of colleagues available for all mandates outside of the specialisation.

What we offer

film financing, film funding, production funding, distribution funding, video funding, script funding, development funding, games funding, festival funding, application, final report, FFA, BKM, DFFF, German Motion Pictures Fund, MBBB, FFF Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MFG, MDM, Nordmedia, HessenFilm, Filmbüro MV, Unifrance, creative Europe, Eurimages, Hauptstadtkulturfonds, BAFA, certificate of origine, FSK, FBW, certificates, German holdbacks


Legal security and structure as your Financing Advantage

The expertise

longtime experience in film, media and cultural funding

excellent relationships to the funding bodies and authorities as well

experienced branch network in order to realise your projects

The structure

specialisation in the law of film, media and cultural funding

experienced team with high competence in applications

high flexibility, handtailored service

Ihre Vorteile

comprehensive legal service: legally grounded, contemporary expertise, confidential

longtime funding contacts

approved branch network for realising your projects

The best possible use of public funding for your projects


Volker Otte, Lawyer

Volker Otte, born in Hamburg in 1962. First and second state law examination in 1990 and 1993 respectively. Afterwards Senior Civil Servant of the City of Berlin, latterly in the Chancellery of the Berlin Senate for the Governing Mayor.
From 1995 to 1998 head of the legal department of the German Federal Film Board (FFA), then authorised signatory and founder of the film funding department at Road Movies Filmproduktion GmbH.
Independent legal office and consultancy since October 2002, specialising in the law of Film, Media and Cultural Funding. One of two CEO of the Collection Agent OnTrust Inkasso- und Abrechnungsgesellschaft mbH (https://www.on-trust.de/)

Member of the European Film Academy (www.europeanfilmacademy.org)
Member of the “German-French-Film Academy” (www.das-rendez-vous.org)
Member of the German Film Academy Association (www.deutsche-filmakademie.de)
Member of supporters circle of the Film and Television Museum (www.filmmuseum-berlin.de)

Working languages: German, English

Edith Richter

Edith Richter, born in April 1994. After finishing high school in Dessau in 2012, she studied Media Management and Journalism in Magdeburg and graduated in 2018. While being a student, she worked as an intern in Business Affairs at Babelsberg Motion Pictures GmbH (mainly with applications for filmfunding and production services) and got employed as an assistent to managing director and accounting afterwards. She joined the law office in August 2019.

Working languages: German, English

Elisa Weiß

Elisa Weiß, born in March 1996, graduated from high school in Berlin in 2014. She has been studying law at the Europa Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) since 2015. She is aiming for the Bachelor of German law in 2020 and then preparing for the first state law examination. Working in the office since August 2019, initially as an intern and then as a student assistant since November 2019.

Working languages: German, English


  • Serena & the Island, Director: tba, in development
  • Club der Roten Bänder (Red Bracelets–The Beginning), Drama, Director: Felix Binder, 2019, 115 min.
  • Western, Drama, Director: Valeska Grisebach, 2017, 121 min.
  • Wendy, Adventure, Director: Dagmar Seume, 2017, 91 min.
  • Systemfehler-Wenn Inge tanzt (When Inge Is Dancing), Comedy, Directors: Wolfgang Groos, 2013, approx. 98 min.
  • fernOst-Von Berlin nach Tokio, TV Documentary Series, TV-Documentary-series, Director: Christian Klemke & Johannes Unger, 2013, approx. 450 min. (10 episodes x 45 min.
  • The Paradise trilogy:
    • Paradise: Hope, Drama, Director: Ulrich Seidl, 2013, 92 min.
    • Paradise: Faith, Drama, Director: Ulrich Seidl, 2012, 115 min.
    • Paradise: Love, Drama, Director: Ulrich Seidl, 2012, 120 min.
  • Little Big Panda, 3D Animation, Directors: Michael Schoemann, Greg Manwaring, 2012, 88 min.
  • Pina, 3D Documentary, Director: Wim Wenders, 2011, 99 min.
  • Orly, Drama, Director: Angela Schanelec, 2010, 84 min.
  • When We Leave, Drama, Director: Feo Aladag, 2009, 119 min.
  • Within the Whirlwind, Drama, Director: Marleen Gorris, 2009, 100 min.
  • Zwischen heute und morgen (Between Tomorrow and Today), Romantic Movie/Drama, Director: Fred Breinersdorfer, 2009, 83 min.
  • Kill Daddy Good Night, Drama, Director: Michael Glawogger, 2009, 117 min.
  • The Palermo Shooting, Drama, Director: Wim Wenders, 2008, 109 min.
  • Reclaim your Brain, Drama, Director: Hans Weingartner, 2007, 110 min.
  • The Great Match, Comedy, Director: Gerardo Olivares, 2006, 88 min.
  • Bye Bye Berlusconi!, Comedy, Director: Jan Henrik Stahlberg, 2006, 86 min.
  • Bye, Bye Blackbird, Drama, Director: Robinson Savary, 2005, 99 min.
  • Seven Dwarfs, Comedy, Director: Sven Unterwaldt Jr., 2004, 95 min.
  • The Edukators, Drama, Director: Hans Weingartner, 2004, 127 min.
  • Egoshooter, Drama, Directors: Christian Becker/Oliver Schwabe, 2004, 72 min.
  • Fools, Drama, Director: Tom Schreiber, 2003, 93 min.
  • Two, Drama, Director: Werner Schroeter, 2002, 121 min.
  • June Moon, Drama, Director: Hanno Hackfort, 2002, 92 min.
  • Half the Rent, Crime, Director: Marc Ottiker, 2002, 92 min.
  • 24 hours in the life of a woman, Drama, Director: Laurent Bouhnik, 2002, 107 min.
  • Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet, Drama, Director: Kaige Chen et al., 2002, 92 min.
  • Ten Minutes Older: The Cello, Drama/Musical/Science Fiction, Director: Bernardo Bertolucci et al., 2002, 146 min.
  • Sweet Sixteen, Drama, Director: Ken Loach, 2002, 106 min.
  • Bend it like Beckham, Comedy/Drama, Director: Gurinder Chadha, 2002, 112 min.
  • The Navigators, Drama, Director: Ken Loach, 2001, 96 min.

Workshops & lectures

The office offers individual lectures and workshops for companies, institutions, film schools and further education facilities.


We are looking for a team oriented intern for our office. At least 30 hours a week for the period of 3 months.

Your tasks would mainly be in the areas of preparation, application and completion of funding applications for German and international film productions as well as for rental and distribution activities (cinema, video & DVD).

We look forward to your application via mail with a short cover letter, tabular resume and a photo of yourself. Please let us know the earliest time you could start with the internship as well as your temporary availability.


Volker Otte, lawyer

Schreinerstraße 63
10247 Berlin

Phone +49 (0)30 – 30 10 45 75
Fax +49 (0)30 – 30 10 45 77

E-Mail: office@filmfunding.de
Web: www.filmfunding.de