Österreichisches Filminstitut ÖFI (Austrian Film Institute)

The Austrian Film Institute is Austria’s most important national funding institution for film, responsible for allocating the lion’s share of national film funding (currently EUR 20 million annually). The aim is to strengthen both the economic and cultural aspects of Austrian film culture, and to heighten the public appeal and international recognition of Austrian film. Another aspect that is important in that context, namely cooperation with the national television provider ORF, is governed by the so-called film/television agreement.


Within the context of the film/television agreement the ORF engages voluntarily in supporting films that are not predominantly designed for television. While the funds were increased significantly to EUR 8 million in 2011, the trend has been reversed since 2014, with drastic cuts in film funding. 

At the Länder level, funding is provided by the cultural or economic departments of the respective Länder governments. The city of Vienna does not only have a cultural department but also an arm’s-length legal entity responsible for film funding, which is the Filmfonds Wien.

Filmfonds Wien (Vienna Film Fund)

The Filmfonds Wien supports Austrian film and the Vienna film industry. More than EUR 11 million is allocated to various support programs every year. The mandate of the fund is to preserve the diversity of Austrian film and provide structural support to the Vienna cinema industry.

Film Department, Arts and Culture Division of the Austrian Federal Chancellery

The Film Department’s funding regime is mainly dedicated to avant-garde, experiments, innovation, young filmmakers and documentation. The transition from film to electronic media is another issue focused on by the Department.

Filmstandort Austria

is a funding programme installed by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) in 2010 in order to support national cinema film productions.

Austrian participation in European film funding

Creative Europe Media 2014-2020

assists independent film producers with project development and co-productions, film distribution and exhibition. Support is also given to video-on-demand platforms, film festivals, film markets and cinema networks that strengthen European film culture.

Eurimages - European Cinema Support Fund

is the film funding instrument of the Council of Europe. Funding is provided for film productions co-produced in at least two member states and designed to be screened in cinemas.