12 Sep 2018, 11:00AM
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12 Jun 2018
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:
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 must 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.
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.
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).
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.
The following documents must be attached to the e-Form:
- Annex 1: Declaration on the applicant's honour
- Annex 2: Financing plan for the films to be qualified (click here to access a database of qualified films)
- Annex 3: Certification of the admissions by the national correspondents designated by the Member States
- Annex 4: Budget form
- Annex 5: Distribution strategy
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 14-15 of the guidelines offer details on the calculations used to determine the size of the grants awards.