Distribution: Selective Scheme



Call number:



14 Jun 2018, 11:00AM

The call was published on

5 Oct 2016

What does this funding support?

The transnational distribution of European films.

The scheme aims to encourage groups of distributors to release non-national films that might be a challenge were they to be supported by market forces alone. As a result of this support, European audiences can expect to gain access to a wider range of films.

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

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

Who is this funding for?

Groups of theatrical distributors (a minimum of 7 per group) who are registered and operating in different countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and who are majority owned by nationals from those countries.

Groupings should be co-ordinated by the sales agent of the film. 

How much can you apply for?

The total budget for this call is €9.75 million. Approximately 25% of the budget will be allocated to films with a production budget below €3 million.

Grants are available to fund distribution campaigns of non-national European films. Lump sums of between €2,200 and €150,000 will be awarded to each distributor according to the number of screens covered on the first week of release.

More details can be found on page 17 of the guidelines.

Which films are eligible?

For a film to be eligible it must:

  • be a work of fiction, animation or documentary (minimum duration 60 minutes)
  • have its first copyright established no earlier than 2015
  • not consist of alternative content (operas, concerts, performances) or advertising, or include any pornographic or racist material
  • have a maximum production budget of €10 million if it is from France, Germany, Italy, Spain or the UK
  • have been majority produced by a producer/producers established in countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme
  • be made with the significant participation of professionals who are nationals/residents of those countries (see pages 7 and 8 of the guidelines for more details)
  • have a standard interoperable identifier such as ISAN or EIDR (provided by the co-ordinator)

The theatrical release of the film (not including previews or special screenings) must take place either on/after the date of submission and within 18 months of the deadline.

In order to be taken into account, the film must be shown a minimum of five times during the first week of release (see page 17 of the guidelines or more details).

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 our 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 Guide for Applicants.

What douments should I attach to the e-Form?

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



More details can also be found in the Guide for Applicants document for this scheme.

What documents should I send in the application package?


  • A copy of the film (DVD or any other format)
  • For live-action children's films: any additional material that can support the qualification of the film

More details can also be found in the Guide for Applicants document for this scheme.

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 groupings of distributors which score the highest number of points in each category, on the basis of the following criteria, will be selected: 

  • Number of eligible distributors in the grouping - 1 point per eligible distributor
  • Number of eligible distributors that have generated a potential fund under the last Automatic Distribution call - 1 additional point per eligible distributor
  • Film produced in a country participating in the MEDIA sub-programme, with the exception of (DE, ES, FR, IT and UK) - 2 points

See page 13 of the guidelines for more details.