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5 Sep 2019, 11:00AM

The call was published on

5 Jul 2019

What does this funding support?

This annual scheme is a subsidy for distributors based on the number of paid cinema admissions in a previous calendar year for recent non-national European films.

The basis of the calculation of a potential fund is the number of paying cinema tickets sold during the reference period (2018) for non-national European films in countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme, up to a fixed ceiling per film and adjusted for each country. 

Take a look at the results from the previous generation stage in 2018. 

The potential fund generated by each company can then be reinvested in:

  • the co-production of non-national European films
  • the acquisition of distribution rights, for example by means of minimum guarantees, of non-national European films
  • the release of non-national European films.

The following overview is intended for guidance only. Full guidelines for this call can be found on the website of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), which manages Creative Europe.

Who is this funding for?

This scheme supports theatrical distributors established in countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and majority owned by nationals from those countries.

Physical distributors are not eligible for support.

Which films are eligible for support?

All films eligible for support must:

  • be a work of fiction (including animated films) or documentary (minimum duration 60 minutes)
  • have their first copyright established in 2015 at the earliest
  • not consist of alternative content (operas, concerts, performances, etc.) advertising, pornographic or racist material or advocate violence
  • have been majority produced by a producer/producers established in countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and be made with a significant participation by professionals from those countries (see item 6.2 of the guidelines for a definition).

How much can you apply for?

The total estimated budget for the co-financing of projects in 2019 is €24.35 million.

The financial contribution of the EU cannot exceed 60% of the total eligible costs of the action.

See item 9 of the guidelines for an explanation of how the grant for each distributor is calculated.

How can you apply?

Creative Europe Desk UK offers free advice and support for Creative Europe applicants from the UK. Please get in touch if you are thinking of applying.

New applicants must first obtain a Participant Identification Code (PIC) by registering for an EU Login and entering company information into the Funding and Tenders Portal.

Once registered, you can download an e-Form and begin your application. More details can also be found in the Guide for Applicants document for this scheme.

Before the application can be submitted, distributors need to have their admissions certified before the submission date, this can be done by emailing Francesca on the Creative Europe Desk UK team.

What documents should be attached to the e-Form?

The following documents must be attached to the e-Form:

How are applications assessed?

Applications from across Europe are assessed centrally by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), with assistance from industry experts working in a relevant field.