New feature films by Margarethe von Trotta, Oskar Roehler, Doris Doerrie and Gavin Hood, are among eight projects awarded a total of $5.9m (DM 12.6m) production funding by the Bavarian public funder FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF) at its latest session.

While the largest sum - $1.4m (DM 3m) - went to Gavin Hood's adaptation of Corinne Hofmann's autobiographical novel Die Weisse Massai, $1.08m (DM 2.3m) was awarded to von Trotta's Second World War drama Rosenstrasse, to star Maria Schrader and Katja Riemann, $936,000 (DM 2m) to Doerrie's Nackt, which will produced this winter by Fanes Film (Das Experiment) and Constantin Film with Juergen Vogel, Nina Hoss, Heike Makatsch, Benno Fuermann, Mehmet Kurtulus in the leads, and $468,000 (DM 1m) for Oskar Roehler's next feature Der Alte Affe Angst, starring Ben Becker and Marie Zielcke, for Bioskop Film and TV-60.

Other projects supported in this latest round included an animated feature based on the German TV detective Derrick and written by Magma Film's Ralph Christians with Marteinn Thorisson; an adaptation of the Erich Kaestner classic Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer, to be directed by Tomy Wigand for Bavaria Film; and Mike Majzen and Pepe Danquart's Crook, starring Moritz Bleibtreu and Corinna Harfouch, for the Munich arm of Austria's Dor Film.