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International Coproduction Fund at Goethe-Institut in Germany 2021

Goethe-Institut in Germany welcomes applications for the International Coproduction Fund to advance new working networks and methods within an international context and to look into new forms of intercultural partnership in 2020.

This funding is structured for coproductions by performers in the areas of theatre, music, dance, and performance art, in which interdisciplinary and hybrid formats and the utilisation of digital media may be crucial constituents. The target group is comprised of professional artists and groups overseas and in Germany, which evidently lack adequate resources to achieve their coproduction project on their own.

With the International Coproduction Fund, the Goethe-Institut is looking to support the unlimited global and intercultural exchange of artists and their concepts. The enablement of such an exchange and the networking it brings about among the different players are equally as crucial as the productions resulting from the project.

The project associates have the duty of doing active, wide-based public-relations work, in which the backing from the Goethe Institut’s International Coproduction Fund must always be stated. Both partners must pay close attention to detailing the progress of the project with videos, photos, press reports and other styles of display, so as to enable a presentation of the project on the International Coproduction Fund website.

Worth of International Coproduction Fund at Goethe-Institut

  • The International Coproduction Fund focuses on projects of a high creative nature and with substantial public impact.
  • The outcomes of the partnership efforts are to be presented in a professional setting overseas, if possible, also in Germany.
  • An application has to include a viable financial plan which, along with third-party funding, must show the significant contributions of all the project partners concerned.
  • The amount of funding applied for must not exceed €25,000.

Eligibility for International Coproduction Fund at Goethe-Institut

  • The projects submitted must entail only the performing arts (no outright movie or exhibition projects)
  • Required artistic quality of the project
  • Importance of the partaking artists in their respective scenes
  • Budget stating project partners’ own offerings / third party funds and a strong financial plan
  • A balanced project collaboration based on the artistic partnership, not controlled by one partner
  • Achievement of a minimum if one performance outside Germany, if possible, another one in Germany
  • Projects between German and non-European associates, especially from transition nations, will be preferred (applications from Switzerland and Austria cannot be given consideration)
  • Applications for guest performance funding are not eligible

International Coproduction Fund at Goethe-Institut – How to Apply

  • The joint application, which has to be submitted by the foreign associate (living and working overseas), has to show evidently that good working contacts already are in place between the partners and that both partners possess an interest in putting together a dialogue-focused production.
  • The Head Office of the Goethe-Institut highly suggests getting in touch with local Goethe-Instituts for inquiries about the development of applications.
  • The online application form will be available again at mid-February*.

The Goethe-Institut’s Culture Department is in charge of managing the International Coproduction Fund. The staffs of the music and theatre/dance departments meticulously examine all the applications gotten both on their formal conditions, and also on their compliance with the goals or award conditions of the International Coproduction Fund. Then, after the end of the application phase, the applications that have been approved will be submitted to an independent professional committee. The five-member jury comprises of alternating reps of the advisory boards of the Goethe-Institut, foreign professionals and a representative of the Goethe-Institut abroad.

Application Deadline

For projects with START in:

  • 2021: October 15, 2020 and April 15, 2021
  • 2022: October 15, 2021 and April 15, 2022

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