Distribution: Automatic

Sub-programme:

MEDIA

Call number:

18/2016

Deadline(s):

28 Apr 2017, 11:00AM

The call was published on

13 Dec 2016

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 scheme is designed in two stages: 

Generation Stage

The basis of the calculation of a potential fund is the number of paying cinema admission tickets sold during the reference period (2016) 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 2015. 

Reinvestment Stage

The potential fund generated by each company must be reinvested in:

  • Module 1: the co-production of non-national European films
  • Module 2: the acquisition of distribution rights, for example by means of minimum guarantees, of non-national European films
  • Module 3: prints, dubbing and subtitling costs, promotion and publicity costs for 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 recent work of fiction, animation or documentary (minimum duration 60 minutes)
  • have their first copyright established no earlier than 2013
  • 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.

How much can you apply for?

Within the limits of the potential generated fund, based on reported cinema admissions:

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 are required at the Generation stage?

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

Annex 1: Declaration of honour
Annex 2: Financing plan for the films to be qualified (click here to access a database of qualified films)

What documents are required at the Reinvestment stage?

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

Module 1
Annex 1: Declaration of honour
Annex 2: Co-production contract (signed on or after 01/08/2017)
Annex 3: Forecast budget and financing plan of the film (duly dated and signed by the lead producer)

Module 2
Annex 1: Declaration of honour
Annex 2: Distribution agreement (signed on or after 01/08/2017)
Annex 3: If the film has not been qualified: production cost and corresponding financial plan of the film

Module 3
Annex 1: Declaration of honour
Annex 2: Distribution agreement
Annex 3: Estimated distribution budget

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.

Pages 14-17 of the guidelines offer details on the calculations used to determine the size of the grants awards. 

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

Documents relating to the 2016 call (09/2016) can be found on the EACEA website. The deadline for reinvestment applications for this call is 1 August 2017.

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.