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Holdback periods

To protect the individual stages of use, funded films must not be screened in other countries, on television or exploited in any other way before the expiry of holdback periods.

After the cinema release, approval may be granted for a reduction of standard holdback periods, provided this does not conflict with the demands of the film industry.

The table below provides a summary of standard holdback periods, standard reductions and exceptional reductions.

Stage of use Holdback
Image medium use
6 months 5 months 4 months
Video on demand
6 months 5 months 4 months
Pay-TV 12 months 9 months 6 months
Freeview and free video on demand 18 months 12 months 6 months

The board of the FFA will decide on any reduction of holdback periods.

The following documents must be submitted with the application form:

  • Detailed substantiation by the producer

  • Declarations of agreement by all upstream holders of rights (distributors, DVD/VOD distribution, Pay TV)

  • In the event of broadcasting on Pay TV/Freeview, a letter from the broadcaster confirming when the film is to be broadcast

  • Confirmation by the distributor of the cinema release (if not already available to the DFFF)

Please send your application for reduction of holdback periods to Mrs Stefanie Schütt at the FFA (Große Präsidententstr.9, 10178 Berlin).

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