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The lawyer, Volker Otte will be in charge for applications for public culture funds in Germany and Europe for The Equator Memorial Project. 

Volker Otte was born on July 2, 1962 in Hamburg (Germany). Studied Law at the University of Hamburg from 1984, graduated in 1990. Passed his 2nd State Examination in Berlin in 1993 after placements at, among others, public broadcasting station SFB-Sender Freies Berlin, media watchdog Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (MABB) and a legal practice specializing in press and copyright law. Became civil servant of the City of Berlin in 1993. From 1995 to 1999, head of the legal department of the German Federal Film Board (FFA), the Berlin-based national film fund. From 2000 to 2002, responsible for the Legal Affairs and Funding Department at Road Movies Filmproduktion and Wim Wenders, Berlin. Independent legal office and consultancy since October 2002, specializing in the law of Film, Media and Cultural Funding.

Service & Specialization

Consultation, Litigation and Application Service for Projects with Public Funding. The legal office and consultancy specializes exclusively in the law of film, media and cultural funding. Within this specialization, a full-service is provided. Most of the clients have further legal advisors. Due to the specialization, the legal office is often recommended additionally by other legal and tax advisors as well as line producers and production managers. The service addresses German and international producers and co-producers, financiers and distributors. Furthermore, the service is in demand from political decision-makers, associations and guilds.

The service matches the state-of-the-art structuring, filing and processing of film, media and cultural projects financed by German and European funding bodies that are applicable from Germany. This includes the application to the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF-Deutscher Filmförderfonds). Negotiations and applications to German bank institutions like Bayerischer Bankenfonds, Hessen InvestFilm and the gap financing of the NRW Bank is part of the service as well. Finally, applications to the national authorities responsible for certificates of origin (BAFA) and other German certificates like FBW and FSK as well as applications to the German tax authorities for APA (Advanced-Pricing-Agreements) are offered. Within the specialization, the office takes over the litigation and offer