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Welcome to FISA

FISA – Film Industry Support Austria is a subsidy programme by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs designed to support the production of cinema films. Funding is possible for national productions, Austrian-foreign co-productions as well as service productions.



ProPro 2019

We are pleased to support the 3rd edition of ProPro Producer's Programme 2019!

The one-week programme to promote female producers initiated by the Austrian Film Institute takes place from June 3rd to 7th 2019 under the patronage of EURIMAGES and includes not only a strategic planning workshop, pitching modules or special mentoring sessions for registered participants but also numerous publicly accessible panels with topics such as: Partnering up to empowering women, Clever strategies for a global market or How to create catchy stories?

This year's experts and mentors include Linda Beath, Geraldine Bajard, Gabriela Bacher and Paula Vaccaro, who will coach 20 female producers from 9 countries.

The detailed programme can be found at:



CIVIS Cinema Prize 2019

Congratulations to the team of the Austrian-German co-production THE TOBACCONIST by Nikolaus Leytner that received the CIVIS Cinema Prize 2019 on integration and cultural diversity on May 23rd 2019 as part of a TV gala.

The drama, which was supported by FISA in 2017, was produced by EPO FILM and the German GLORY FILM. Filming locations were Vienna, Attersee, Bavaria and South Tyrol. 


Competition Cannes 2019

Congratulations to Emily Beecham on the award for "Best Actress" for her role as scientist Alice in the feature film LITTLE JOE (produced by COOP99), which celebrated its world premiere as part of the International Film Festival in Cannes at the Grand Théâtre Lumière on May 17th 2019.

The 72nd Cannes International Film Festival took place from May 14th to 25th 2019.


Little Joe

Selection Cannes 2019

We congratulate Jessica Hausner on the invitation of the feature film LITTLE JOE to the GOLDEN PALM competition at the International Film Festival of Cannes 2019. 


The Austrian-British-German project produced by COOP99, starring Emily Beecham and Ben Whishaw, will premiere at the festival.

Co-produced with THE BUREAU (UK) and ESSENTIAL FILM (DE).


Also congratulations to Andreas Horvath, whose documentary LILLIAN will celebrate its world premiere in the parallel section QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS.


The 72nd International Film Festival of Cannes will take place from May 14th to 25th 2019.


What is more, we are pleased to announce the nomination of FREE LUNCH SOCIETY by Christian Tod for the PRIX CINÉMA POSITIF in the category documentary.



SOS - Sea of Shadows

SEA OF SHADOWS at Sundance Film Festival 2019

We are happy to announce that the documentary thriller SEA OF SHADOWS by Richard Ladkani received the Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival (Jan 24, 2019 – Feb 3, 2019).

The successor of the award-winning documentary THE IVORY GAME celebrated its world premiere on January 27th, 2019 in Utah/USA.




Congratulations to the team of the Austrian culture-clash comedy KAVIAR by Elena Tikhonova that received the Audience Award for feature films at the Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis.


WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE THISby Eva Spreitzhofer (produced by MONA FILM) was also represented.

The Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis took place from January 14th to 20th 2019 in Saarbrücken.


Hollywood production Downhill shoots in Austrian Alps

We are happy to announce the beginning of the filming of the FISA-funded Hollywood production DOWNHILL, which will take place in Tyrol and Vienna.

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (Oscar-winning screenplay for The Descendants with George Clooney) are directing the remake of the Swedish film success FORCE MAJEURE, starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Produced by FOX SEARCHLIGHT, Austrian service producer is FILMHAUS WIEN.

Berlinale 2019

We congratulate Marie Kreutzer on the invitation of THE GROUND BENEATH MY FEET to the GOLDEN BEAR competition at Berlinale 2019 and the selection as opening film at the Diagonale 2019.


Two German-Austrian co-productions will premiere in Berlin as well:

The 69th Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 7th to 17th 2019.




New Guidelines from May 1st, 2018

During the 16th meeting of the FISA Advisory Board the board members issued the following recommendations to meet the aim for a stronger international approach of the funding programme:

    1. The non-repayable grant for Austrian-foreign co-productions amounts up to 25 per cent of the production costs eligible for support.

    2. Reduced minimum spend and total production costs in case of service productions:

      -) Minimum spend in Austria (eligible productions costs): EUR 400.000.- (feature)

      -) Minimum total budget of production:   
         a) feature film: EUR 4 M   
         b) documentary: EUR 500.000.-

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