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Comeback grant (COVID-19)

The Comeback grant for film and TV covers costs for productions who are facing a shut down or delayed start of shooting due to COVID-19. 

During the Corona-crisis shooting of film and TV-productions had to be shut down and postponed which lead to the consequences of going over budget. The costs caused by Covid-19 measures are not covered by insurances.  From mid-March until June no bigger feature film production was able to take that financial risk and start shooting again. Producers were lobbying for a state aid to compensate additional costs caused by interruption or delay of shooting due to coronavirus-infections.

The objective of the Comeback grant is to stabilise the Austrian film industry by enabling producers to restart their interrupted shootings respectively start new shootings with the backup of financial state aid in case of interruption of the shooting due to any measures taken by the authorities relating to Covid-19. Thanks to the introduction of the 25 Mio. fund productions in Austria could restart in June 2020.

The program is administered by the managing team of FISA-Film Industry Support Austria. The ministries responsible are the Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and the Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sports.

The guidelines of the Comeback grant are based on the GGER article 54.