This type of funding is made available to support preparatory measures taken prior to shooting a film, such as project development and pre-production work. IDM supports projects during the development stage by covering up to 70% of costs.
IDM only grants this type of funding to projects which have a cultural link to South Tyrol and/or involve the region in some way during production. This can be achieved through the subject matter of the film or the screenwriter, director or other film professionals involved.
In exceptional cases, the IDM Film Fund grants development funding to projects which do not have a complete screenplay at the time of submitting the funding application. In these circumstances, the funding will be divided into two steps: the first for completing the screenplay and the second for further development and pre-production work. The funding for the first step is, however, no guarantee that further funds will be granted for the second step.