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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).

The Cultural Test is part of the FISA-Guidelines under Annex 2 and 3.