The DEFA Foundation is a grant-providing foundation. In keeping with its mission, the Foundation primarily provides stipends, and sponsors and supports non-profit projects. It also collaborates with entities of civil law and non-profit entities involved in advancing German film culture and film art.
The Foundation directly and exclusively pursues nonprofit purposes and does not support commercial projects.
Currently the DEFA Foundation awards stipends totaling 500,000 euros twice a year. The application deadlines are March 31 and September 30.
Click on the Funding Guidelines link to receive detailed information about how to submit your application.
On the German homepage you find under "Projekte" and "Stipendien" on the left an archive of the projects and stipends that have been sponsored.