Producer-distributor Constantin Film has been allocated $3.6m(Euros 2.7m) - the fourth largest amount so far this year - from the German (Federal Film Fund (DFFF) for its production of Uli Edel's Der Baader Meinhof Komplex which began shooting in Berlin last week.

The support, which is only exceeded by the amounts awarded to the three international productions Speed Racer, Valkyrie and The International, is also the highest sum paid out so far to a German language production.

To date, Constantin has attracted over $8.3m (Euros 6.1m) inDFFF support for such projects as Leander Haussmann's Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken, animation feature Urmel Im Wunderland and Max Faerberboeck's Second World War drama Anonyma.

This total climbs to over $9.7m (Euros 7.2m) - 12% of the DFFF's annual budget - if one also includes another two supported projects by Constantin subsidiaries: Doris Doerrie's Kirschblueten by Olga Film and Dennis Gansel's Die Welle by Rat Pack Filmproduktion.