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Call number:



8 Nov 2018, 11:00AM

The call was published on

12 Jun 2018

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 (2017) 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 2017. 

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 from the most recent 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 2014 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 page 8 of the guidelines for a definition).

How much can you apply for?

The total estimated budget for the co-financing of projects in 2018 is €19 million.

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

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 for this scheme.

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.

Where can I find information on the Reinvestment Stage for previous calls?

Documents relating to the 2017 call (18/2016) can be found on the EACEA website. The deadline for reinvestment applications for this call is 1 August 2018.