ERSTE Foundation


In 2003, ERSTE Foundation evolved out of the Erste Oesterreichische Spar-Casse, the first Austrian savings bank. The foundation invests part of its dividends in the development of societies in Central and South Eastern Europe. It supports social participation and civil-society engagement; it aims to bring people together and disseminate knowledge of the recent history of the region. It develops its own projects within the framework of three programmes: Social Development, Culture and Europe.

Involvement in film

We are initiators and work in close cooperation with professional film makers in Austria and CEE.


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