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Who can apply?

Media professionals from all over the world such as writers, directors, producers and animators submit their current feature film projects which they want to develop with the aid of the NIPKOW PROGRAMM through individual consultations with script consultants, potential producers/co-producers and through tailor-made workshops.

Participation Conditions of NIPKOW PROGRAMM 2024. Please read carefully!

Application is closed. Previous Deadline was 9th January 2024. Please check later this year for new call.
Your application for the NIPKOW PROGRAMM will only be processed if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are a professional writer, director, producer or animator (no students).
  • You have completed a first feature length film (more than 70min.) either fiction, documentary, cross media or series. Applicants who have not completed a feature length film may qualify for consideration if they have had a short film awarded by the following major International Film Festivals: Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Sundance, Toronto, Venice.
  • The project with which you apply is a new feature-length project destined for theatrical release (fiction, documentary, animation). Drama series and cross media shall be destined for either TV or platforms like Netflix, HBO etc.
  • Minimum a first draft of the script must be available in English. For documentary projects we require a developed treatment.
  • A producer is already attached to the project.
  • Two letters of recommendation from industry professionals.
  • You submit a fully completed application entirely in English, including a sample of your previous work as well as a signed rights clearance, confirming that you own the copyright on the original material or an option in the case of a script based on literary material.


If you are selected to participate you must agree to the following conditions:

  • I’ll be available for a three months Berlin residency between June and November 2024.
  • I commit myself to stay in Berlin for the whole duration of my NIPKOW PROGRAMM fellowship (between June 1st till November 30th 2024).
  • I commit myself to work closely with and plan my project efficiently in consultation with the NIPKOW PROGRAMM office during my stay in Berlin.
  • I shall receive a monthly stipend of 1.500,00 Euro. Accommodation in Berlin should be arranged by myself. Travel expenses and accommodation will not be covered by the NIPKOW PROGRAMM.
  • I commit myself to attend - and if necessary, to prepare for - all NIPKOW PROGRAMM meetings / workshops / seminars in Berlin.
  • I am aware that some or all of the data I provide, such as my name, the director's name, project title, production company, country of the production etc. will be published on the Nipkow website.
  • I'll have to write an interim report before I receive the final instalment of my monthly grant.
  • In the opening and closing credits of the selected film project, as well as in all promotional and advertising material, the NIPKOW PROGRAMM is to be named with logo.
  • I commit myself to provide the NIPKOW PROGRAMM with regular updates of my work and projects after completion of my grant.

Application Checklist

  • Please fill in all corresponding fields of application form

  • in order to show us your latest film(s) please send them as downloadable Link(s)

  • 2 recommendation letters

Selection Procedure / Jury Sessions

Participants are selected on the basis of the quality of their work, professional recommendations and the potential of their project with which they have applied.
The selection of participants is made by an international jury once a year. The next jury session is planned to be held in May 2024.


Selected participants are awarded a monthly grant of 1,500 Euros to allow them to concentrate exclusively on their work. Participants are expected to commit to working solely on their projects while in Berlin.  Grants are awarded by the jury for a period of up to three months. The selected participants must complete their fellowship between June and November 2024. Travel expenses and accommodation will not be covered by the NIPKOW PROGRAMM. All participants are obliged to write a final report before receiving their final monthly grant. Once a participant has been awarded a grant by the NIPKOW PROGRAMM, they may not re-apply; a Nipkow Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!