The fifth outing of The Wild Soccer Bunch franchise, an adaptation of Thomas Mann's novel Buddenbrooks and a TV remake of the classic The Bridge are among 18 projects awarded a total of $6.8m (Euros 5m) by the Munich-based regional fund FFF Bayern in its latest round of funding.

The largest single sum - $1.4m (Euros 980,000) - was allocated to SamFilm's The Wild Soccer Bunch 5 (Die Wilden Kerle 5), which will see writer-director Joachim Masannek reunited with the regular cast of Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht, Nick Romeo Reimann, Raban Bieling, Sarah Kim Gries, and Marlon Wessel.

The Bavaria Film/Colonia Media production of Buddenbrooks received backing of $0.6m (Euros 450,000).

Heinrich Breloer's chronicle of the decline of a patrician family in 19th century Lübeck will be headlined by Armin Mueller-Stahl, Jessica Schwarz, Iris Berben and August Diehl when the shoot begins this summer.

In addition, Oliver Schmitz's TV adaptation of Manfred Gregor's novel The Bridge (Die Brücke), which was made into one of the most famous anti-war films of all time by Bernhard Wicki, and Jo Baier's biopic of the legendary Bavarian entertainers Karl Valentin and Liesl Karlstadt were both backed with $0.7m (Euros 500,000.)

Other projects supported at this session included the directorial debuts of the cinematographer Jan Fehse (Gegen Den Strom) and the stand-up comedian/TV presenter Thomas Hermanns (the mockumentary Die Ruhe Bleibt), and Felix Moeller's documentary portrait of the director Veit Harlan in Harlan 3 - Im Schatten Von Jud Süß.