Film levy from cinema operators Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

On the basis of the German Film Subsidies Act (FFG), cinema operators generally have to pay a film levy to the German Federal Film Board (FFA). The amount of the film levy charged to cinema operators is levied per screen and is based is based on the net sales from the admission tickets. The film levy percentage is determined on the basis of the sales generated in the previous year. The following rules apply: If you had net sales of up to EUR 100,000 per screen in the previous year, you do not have to pay a film levy. If you had a net turnover of up to EUR 200,000 per screen in the previous year, you have to pay 1.8 percent of your net box office takings as a monthly film levy. If you had a net turnover of up to EUR 300,000 per screen in the previous year, you must pay 2.4 per cent of your net box office takings per month as a film levy. If you had a net revenue of more than EUR 300,000 per screen in the previous year, you must pay 3.0 percent of your net ticket revenue per month as a film levy. To calculate the film levy, you must each month the net turnover, usually from ticket sales, and the attendance figures of your cinema to the German Federal Film Board via the online portal Filmabgabe. You do not have to pay Filmabgabe for film screenings lasting a maximum of 58 minutes. These may also not be included in the reports. Hints: If you have just opened your cinema, the levy rate will be determined provisionally. At the end of the year, a projection is made and the levy rate is finalised. Extrapolation: net revenue divided by months played, times (x) 12 months equals (=) net revenue for the year. In the case of a newly opened seasonal cinema (for example, open-air, drive-in), no extrapolation is made. Here, the total net turnover is taken and if it is higher than EUR 100,000, you have to pay the film levy for the screen. The film levy is used to finance all measures of the German Federal Film Board (FFA).

When applying/registering with the German Federal Film Board (FFA), you must submit: Commercial register excerpt or association register excerpt Business registration, if applicable


Forms: no Online procedure possible: yes Written form required: no Personal appearance required: no

Related Links

Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) German Federal Film Board Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts
+49 30 27577-0
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Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) / German Federal Film Board, Fachbereich Filmabgabe
+49 30 275770
Der Fachbereich Filmabgabe auf der Internetseite der FFA Opens in new window

Preconditions
The film levy must be paid by Cinema operators and organizers of film screenings in Germany (film halls/indoor and seasonal cinema/outdoor), who hold film screenings with a duration of more than 58 minutes in return for an admission fee and whose net sales from admission tickets in the previous year exceeded EUR 100,000 per screen. Notice: Mandatory other payments such as mandatory donations also count as admission and are included in net ticket sales. Free tickets may not be reported.
You must report your visitor and turnover figures online to the Filmförderungsanstalt for the calculation of the film levy. If you open or operate a cinema with screens (indoors): Register in the online portal Filmabgabe of the German Federal Film Board. You must provide the following information when registering: Location where you operate your cinema Name of the operator Contact Name of your cinema Name of the screens Number of screens Number of seats per screen and Opening date of your cinema. After registration, the FFA will send you by mail. Your operator and screen number(s) and your password for the online portal. Log in to the online portal Filmabgabe with your operator number (user number) and password and submit your sales and visitor figures to the FFA on a monthly basis via this portal. You can report these figures as follows: electronically by file or by interface directly from your box office system or by manual entry directly in the online portal, if you do not have an electronic box office system. The FFA will process your notification and send you the notice of the film levy due on a regular basis by post. Payment for screens subject to the levy is due in parallel with the notification on the 10th of the following month. Give the FFA a SEPA direct debit mandate or pay your film levy by bank transfer. If you open or operate a seasonal cinema, such as an open-air or drive-in cinema (outside) You must first apply in writing or by e-mail to the Association of Film Distributors (VdF) for open-air status without providing your operator and screen number. You must provide the following information for this: Location where you operate your cinema Operator of the cinema (who gets the money) Contact person Name of the cinema Name of the screen Number of seats per screen and Opening and closing dates of your screen (From when to when do you operate your seasonal cinema?). You must also provide this information to the Film Board via email or regular mail. The FFA will send you by e-mail Your operator and screen number/s and your password for the online portal. Log in to the online portal Filmabgabe with your operator number (user number) and password and use it to submit your sales and visitor figures to the FFA on a monthly basis. You can report these figures as follows: electronically by file or by interface directly from your box office system or by manual entry directly in the online portal if you do not have an electronic box office system. The FFA will process your registration and send you the notice of the film levy due by post on a regular basis. The payment for screens subject to levy is due parallel to the notification on the 10th of the following month. Give the FFA a SEPA direct debit mandate or pay your film levy by bank transfer.

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Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Last update or date of publication
31.08.2021