WHAT IS FISA?
FISA – Film Industry Support Austria is the film incentive programme by Austria’s Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs. The Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws) together with Location Austria – The National Film Commission is responsible for the administration of the programme.
WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS ARE ELIGIBLE?
We support cinema feature film productions with non-repayable grants.
Eligible projects include:
Fiction and documentary films at a runtime of at least 70 minutes each; children’s films at a runtime of at least 59 minutes.
National productions, Austrian–foreign co-productions and international service productions.
How much is the grant?
The granted amount is determined based on the eligible production costs and depends on the
respective type of production:
Up to 20% for Austrian productions
Up to 25% for co-productions plus up to 30% exclusively for that portion of eligible costs funded with foreign capital
Up to 30% for service productions
max. 15% of the total annual grant budget of EUR 7.5 million
Debut films: max. EUR 250 000
Who can apply?
Independent film production companies not connected to a TV broadcaster that hold sufficient professional qualifications and experience.
Companies from the EEA with registered headquarters or at least a branch office in Austria.
Companies who have produced and commercially distributed at least one comparable reference film in Austria or another EEA member state within 5 years prior to submission.
WHAT ARE ELIGIBLE PRODUCTION COSTS?
Local expenditure on fi lming activities, from pre- to postproduction, starting the day after submission date.
Goods and services provided by and paid to companies and individuals registered to pay income tax in Austria.
Film-related deliveries and services in Austria, performed on behalf of the film production company, its employees or related free-lancers.
Staff -related expenses like salaries, wages, fees and remuneration that are subject to limited or unlimited tax liability in Austria.
The invoiced services must be fully rendered in Austria, and the invoice must be issued to the production company based in Austria.
Calculation of production costs must not include VAT.
Capped at 80% of total production costs.
WHICH CRITERIA DO AUSTRIAN-FOREIGN CO-PRODUCTIONS HAVE TO CONSIDER?
A cultural test to ensure that the project is of cultural value and therefore eligible for support.
Minimum of total production costs of EUR 2 million for fiction; EUR 1 million for a film debut; and EUR 330 000 for documentary films.
Minimum spend in Austria = eligible production costs of EUR 800 000 for fiction films and EUR 80 000 for documentary films.
Minimum of 5 shooting days in Austria (live-action).
Co-productions need to comply with the respective intra-national film treaty. If no such agreement exists, a minimum Austrian contribution of 20% is required.
One final version of the film must be produced or at least subtitled in German.
The film must be released in Austrian cinemas within one year after completion of production.
WHICH CRITERIA DO SERVICE PRODUCTIONS HAVE TO CONSIDER?
A cultural test to ensure the cultural purpose of support.
Minimum of total production costs of EUR 4 million for fiction and EUR 500 000 for documentary films.
Minimum spend in Austria = eligible production costs of EUR 200 000 for fiction films and EUR 80 000 for
Minimum of 5 shooting days in Austria (live-action).
Proof that the film is both designed and suitable for international exploitation.
The Austrian service producer has to submit the application.
WHAT IS THE CULTURAL TEST?
To ensure the cultural purpose of support, Location Austria conducts a Cultural Test for submitted projects. Films must meet certain criteria and a minimum number of points in order to be eligible for funding.
Depending on the type of production, the test is made up of 3 or 4 parts:
Cultural content: including sets/filming locations, main characters’ origins, European aspects, adaptation of previously existing material, treatment of art/science, personalities/events of the present/of history, topics of present relevance/diversity of world views.
Film professionals: creative film professionals from Austria or the EEA; additional points for female heads of department in screenplay, directing, cinematography, producing.
Production criteria: shooting/animation/VFX, musical recordings and post-production to take place in Austria at least in part; green filming; plus, in the case of service productions: use of film-specific resources in Austria.
Exploitation: letter of intent from/contract with distributors, minimum guarantee, co-production (does not apply for service productions).
WHAT ARE THE STEPS OF THE FUNDING PROCEDURE?
CONSULTATION & PRE-ASSESSMENT
There are no submission deadlines. The application must be submitted before the first day of shooting. Financing must be in place at time of submission.
FORMAL CHECK AND RANKING BASED ON SUBMISSION DATE OF
The “first come, first served” principle applies.
PROJECT EVALUATION AND RECOMMENDATION TO THE MINISTRY
Aws has overall responsibility for evaluating the submitted projects as well as for coordinating the administrative process of funding. Location Austria is responsible for the cultural test and the evaluation, in particular of service productions.
FINAL AWARDING DECISION BY THE MINISTRY
A funding contract between aws and the Austrian production company is set up. Payment is generally made in 3 instalments: 40% at start of shooting, 40% upon submission of the rough cut and a current cost situation and the remaining 20% upon review of the final cost situation.
For service productions, it is only 2 instalments: 30% at start of shooting in Austria and 70% upon review of the final cost situation.