The main sponsor of the ifs internationale filmschule köln is the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the main shareholder being the Film- und Medienstiftung North Rhine-Westphalia. The ifs is also financed by tuition fees. In addition to its basic financing by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and its shareholder, the ifs is called upon to increasingly seek third-party funding, i.e. money and donations in kind.