The supervisory board of the Austrian Film Institute passed a package of measures aiming to increase the number of female filmmakers within the industry in its meeting on December 21, 2016 entering into force as from January 1, 2017.

30,000 euro, automatic Gender Incentive
The core measure of the package is the Gender Incentive. If the production funding of a project entitled to reference funds° is contracted and the project shows a certain amount of women as head of departments within the areas of production, direction, script, camera, editing, sound, costume design and production design the production company will additionally receive an automatic funding in the amount of 30,000 euro, that can be reinvested for the script- and/or project development of new projects with an appropriate share of female participation. The female participation within the head departments has to be verified via credits.

The production company acquires a title to Gender Incentive per contracting. Applications for the reinvestment of gender incentive money can be submitted anytime (and are not bound to application deadlines) from the conclusion of the contract on within one year. We ask you to use the appropriate application forms for script- respectively project development.

10% plus, Gender Incentive on performance basis
Further the reference film funding amount will be raised by 10%, if a project hits the target value according to attachment F of the funding guidelines and acquires a title to automatic funding on a performance basis. This additional funding money is at the producer’s disposal within the framework of the common reference film funding regulations to be reinvested into new projects with female participation in at least one of the three head departments production, direction and script writing.

In addition the calculation as part of the production funding application has to depict which share of the calculated staff costs is going to female and male filmmakers. The appropriately edited calculation form is to be found here.

°In order to create an entitlement to reference funds, at least two out of the following three prerequisites need to be fulfilled: 1) Austrian direction, 2) Austrian majority participation (the artistic and the technical participation need to correspond to the financial share), 3) Austrian main responsibility in at least two of the three areas script, camera or editing.