Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung are based in the region of Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.
The fund supports initiatives for training, workshops, industry-wide meetings and marketing of locations in the region.
Besides strengthening the performance of Mitteldeutschland's companies in the film, television and media industries, MDM pursues the following aims: to increase the funding impact in the region; to continue to give incentives for businesses to move to the region; to promote national and international networking within the industry; and to continue to establish hands-on training and qualification opportunities in the region.
Since its foundation in 1998 Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung has supported an average of 100 projects every year, spending funds amounting to approximately 12,5 million euros annually.
The overall production volume amounts to five times the allocated funds.
In particular, MDM support film and media productions that depict regional particularities in an authentic way; that pick up the cultural and historical heritage; that help establish cultural identity, and that tell an original story that invites people to relate. Thus drawing the attention of European and international audiences.
In addition MDM supports festivals, workshops, seminars and projects relevant to the media location. The general aim of the support is the development, promotion and strengthening of film culture, television culture and media culture industries in Mitteldeutschland (Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia).
All phases of a project may be supported, starting with preparation through production to distribution and presentation of all film, television, video and other audio-visual media productions that are economically promising.
MDM also provides subsidies and loans for innovative multimedia products and the development of targeted film marketing concepts.
The basic requirement for a successful application is evidence that parts of the Mitteldeutschland region will benefit culturally and most of all economically from the project.
The amount spent on film, television and media related services in this region while realizing a project must be equal or greater than the allocated funds. Positive impacts on the training and qualification sector are given particular credit.
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Cine-Regio representative Mr. Claas Danielsen

Claas Danielsen, born in April 1966 in Hamburg, is a filmmaker, producer, lecturer and festival director living in Leipzig/Germany. He made seven documentaries of which several did an extensive festival tour, won international awards and were sold to European broadcasters. In 1997 he became assistant to the professor in the documentary department of the Munich Film Academy where he built up a new chair for TV-journalism. In 1999 Danielsen became Head of Studies of Discovery Campus (nowadays Documentary Campus).
From 2004 till the end of 2014 he was Artistic and Managing Director of DOK Leipzig, the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, which he developed into one of the leading international doc festivals. In 2016 he was appointed Managing Director of the MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung, the regional film fund serving the federal countries Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.

Claas Danielsen was board member of the German documentary filmmakers’ association AG DOK and the European Documentary Network EDN for several years. He is a member of and an advisor to the European Film Academy, board member of the Balkan Documentary Center and has served on many international festival juries and the selection committees of different German film and media funds.




Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
Petersstrasse 17-19
04109 Leipzig

Tel: +49 (0) 341 269 87 0
Fax:+49 (0) 341 269 87 65