New productions by actor-director Til Schweiger, Christian Ditter and Mike Barker are among 35 film and TV projects allocated over $10.6m (Euros 7.2m) by the Bavarian regional fund FFF Bayern at its latest sitting.

The largest amount - $1.25m (Euros 850,000) - went to Schweiger's next feature project, the medieval slapstick comedy Zwei Ritter Geben Vollgas, which he will direct for Lionheart Entertainment, his own company Barefoot Films and Neue Kinowelt Filmproduktion.

Funding also went to a raft of literarary adaptations: Christian Ditter's version of Max von der Grün's children's book Vorstadtkrokodile, to be produced by Rat Pack Filmproduktion; Reinhard Klooss's animation of the classic Die Konferenz Der Tiere; Jo Baier's costume drama Henri IV, based on the novel by Heinrich Mann; and Neele Leana Vollmar's comedy Maria, Ihm Schmeckt's Nicht!, based on Jan Weiler's bestseller and to be produced by Claussen+Wöbke+Putz Filmproduktion.

In addition, the Bavarian fund provided backing for Mike Barker's TV two-parter The Sea Wolf, based on Jack London's classic and starring The Lives Of Others lead actor Sebastian Koch, as well as Christina Hadjicharalambous and Radoslav Pavkovic's Serbian-set black comedy and modern fairytale Loveless Zorica (Crna Zorica) which will be produced by Nuremberg-based Cinemaniax! with Belgrade's Intermedia Network and Super Films Int.