Development: Slate Funding

Sub-programme:

MEDIA

Call number:

21/2016

Deadline(s):

2 Feb 2017, 11:00AM

The call was published on

25 Nov 2016

What does this funding support?

European independent production companies looking to develop 3 - 5 fiction, animation and creative documentary projects with international potential.

The projects must be intended for cinema release, television broadcast or commercial exploitation on digital platforms (e.g. multiple screen-based devices, interactive, linear and non-linear web-series and narrative virtual reality projects).

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

Take a look at the results from the previous call in 2016. 

Who is this funding for?

Applicant companies must:

  • Be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and be majority owned by nationals from those countries
  • Be registered for a minimum of 36 months and have audiovisual production as their main business activity
  • Be independent – no more than 25% of the share capital can be held by a single broadcaster (50% when several broadcasters are involved)
  • Own the majority of the rights to the projects for which support is being sought
  • Be able to demonstrate two eligible track record projects (see additional question for requirements)..

What projects are eligible for development?

A proposed development slate can include any of the following audiovisual works:

Projects intended for theatrical release:

Projects intended for television (one-off or series) or digital platforms (total user experience):

  • Drama (minimum length 90 minutes)
  • Animation (minimum length 24 minutes)
  • Creative documentaries (minimum length 50 minutes)

The above minimum duration length requirements do not apply to VR projects.

In addition to the 3-5 projects submitted for development, companies can also recieve support for the production of a short film (up to 20 minutes) involving emerging talent.

The first day of principal photography of the submitted project must not be scheduled to occur within 8 months from the date of application. 

What projects are eligible for the track record?

Applicant companies must be able to provide evidence of two eligible track record projects that were either:

  • a production where they were the sole production company
  • a co-production where they were the majority producer (as evidenced by the financing plan/co-production agreement)
  • a production where the CEO/shareholder of the company was credited as a Producer (as evidenced by the on-screen credit). Executive Producer credits are not eligible.

In order to be eligible the track record project must:

  • be a fiction, animation or a creative documentary project
  • meet the minimum length requirements listed in the question above
  • be produced in the five years preceding the submission of the application
  • have had an official release (theatrical or online) or a TV broadcast, in at least one country outside of the UK between 1 January 2014 and the date of submission.

Festival screenings and DVD releases are not eligible. Commercial distribution online and distribution from an international sales agent are only accepted if documented by a revenues report that relates to this period.

How much can you apply for?

The annual budget of this scheme is €12.5 million. 

Applicants can apply for grant of between €70,000 and €200,000 to develop a slate of 3 - 5 projects.

This capped at €150,000 for slates that are only made up of documentaries.

Each project on the slate can receive between €10,000 to €60,000.

In addition, companies can also apply for €10,000 to cover up to 80% of the production costs of a short film that involves emerging talent.

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 ECAS account and enter company information into the Participant Portal. Please watch outr video tutorials for further instructions.

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

What documents should be attached to the e-Form?

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

How will my application be 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.

The Experts Evaluation Guide offers a breakdown of how points are awarded.