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Welcome to FISA

FISA – Film Industry Support Austria is a subsidy programme by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs designed to support the production of cinema films. Funding is possible for national productions, Austrian-foreign co-productions as well as service productions.



Cannes 2019

Join us at the Austrian Film Pavilion in Cannes!

As sponsoring partner of the Austrian Film Commissions & Funds, FISA – Film Industry Support Austria is represented at the Austrian Film Pavilion in Cannes. From May 14th to 19th you will have the opportunity to seek advice on the possibilities of FISA funding. For an appointment, please contact or or +43 664 2880035.

Location Austria, the national film commission, will be attending Cannes Film Festival from May 14th to 19th. For individual meetings, please contact: or +43 664 1017300.



Little Joe

Selection Cannes 2019

We congratulate Jessica Hausner on the invitation of the feature film LITTLE JOE to the GOLDEN PALM competition at the International Film Festival of Cannes 2019. 


The Austrian-British-German project produced by COOP99, starring Emily Beecham and Ben Whishaw, will premiere at the festival.

Co-produced with THE BUREAU (UK) and ESSENTIAL FILM (DE).


Also congratulations to Andreas Horvath, whose documentary LILLIAN will celebrate its world premiere in the parallel section QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS.


The 72nd International Film Festival of Cannes will take place from May 14th to 25th 2019.


What is more, we are pleased to announce the nomination of FREE LUNCH SOCIETY by Christian Tod for the PRIX CINÉMA POSITIF in the category documentary.



SOS - Sea of Shadows

SEA OF SHADOWS at Sundance Film Festival 2019

We are happy to announce that the documentary thriller SEA OF SHADOWS by Richard Ladkani received the Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival (Jan 24, 2019 – Feb 3, 2019).

The successor of the award-winning documentary THE IVORY GAME celebrated its world premiere on January 27th, 2019 in Utah/USA.




Congratulations to the team of the Austrian culture-clash comedy KAVIAR by Elena Tikhonova that received the Audience Award for feature films at the Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis.


WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE THISby Eva Spreitzhofer (produced by MONA FILM) was also represented.

The Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis took place from January 14th to 20th 2019 in Saarbrücken.


Hollywood production Downhill shoots in Austrian Alps

We are happy to announce the beginning of the filming of the FISA-funded Hollywood production DOWNHILL, which will take place in Tyrol and Vienna.

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (Oscar-winning screenplay for The Descendants with George Clooney) are directing the remake of the Swedish film success FORCE MAJEURE, starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Produced by FOX SEARCHLIGHT, Austrian service producer is FILMHAUS WIEN.

Berlinale 2019

We congratulate Marie Kreutzer on the invitation of THE GROUND BENEATH MY FEET to the GOLDEN BEAR competition at Berlinale 2019 and the selection as opening film at the Diagonale 2019.


Two German-Austrian co-productions will premiere in Berlin as well:

The 69th Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 7th to 17th 2019.




New Guidelines from May 1st, 2018

During the 16th meeting of the FISA Advisory Board the board members issued the following recommendations to meet the aim for a stronger international approach of the funding programme:

    1. The non-repayable grant for Austrian-foreign co-productions amounts up to 25 per cent of the production costs eligible for support.

    2. Reduced minimum spend and total production costs in case of service productions:

      -) Minimum spend in Austria (eligible productions costs): EUR 400.000.- (feature)

      -) Minimum total budget of production:   
         a) feature film: EUR 4 M   
         b) documentary: EUR 500.000.-

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