Film Festivals

Sub-programme:

MEDIA

Call number:

26/2019

Deadline(s):

23 Apr 2020, 4:00PM

The call was published on

19 Sep 2019

What does this funding support?

Applications for this call can be submitted for one or more of the following actions:

Action 1 - support for European film festivals

Action 2 - support for European networks of film festivals

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

Take a look at the Europe-wide results from the most recent deadline.

Who is this funding for?

This scheme is open to entities (private companies, non-profit organisations, associations, charities, foundations, municipalities/Town Councils, etc.) established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and owned directly or, by majority participation, by nationals from such countries.

Action 1 is open to sole beneficaries. Action 2 is open to a European network comprising of a co-ordinator and a minimum of three member organisations. The co-ordinator and member organisations must be legally established in different participating countries.

For both actions only applications submitted by eligible entities organising audiovisual festivals in countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme will be accepted. Audiovisual festivals are understood as events:

  • programming eligible films (fiction, documentaries or animation), that are being screened to wide audiences including general public as well as accredited international audiovisual professionals and press
  • taking place over a specific period of time, in a prior defined city
  • having a clear regulation/selection procedure.

A minimum of 70% of the eligible programming presented to the public during the festival OR a minimum of 100 feature films (or 400 short films – in case of short film festivals) must originate from countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme. 

At least 50% of the films must be non-national and at least 15 such countries must be represented.

The following events are not eligible:

  • Festivals dedicated to works that are not considered as eligible, such as commercials, live-broadcast events, TV series, music videos, video games, amateur films, mobile phone films, trailers and non-narrative artistic works.
  • Thematic Festivals such as cultural events or art/technology/science-related events, as well as highly specialized festivals dealing with specific topics (for example: tourism, sport, ecology, nature, environment, gastronomy, fashion, health etc.) are not eligible.

How much can you apply for?

Action 1

The total estimated budget for the co-finacing of projects in 2020 under Action 1 is €3.2 million.

The grant will take the form of a lump sum between €19,000 and €75,000 according to the number of European films in the programme  (see section 11.1.3 of the guidelines for a breakdown)

Action 2

The total estimated budget for the co-finacing of projects in 2020 under Action 2 is €500,000.

The maximum co-financing rate is 60% of the total eligible costs of the project.

What types of project are eligible for Action 1?

European film festivals taking place in countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme which:

  • demonstrate strong efficiency in audience development (especially toward young audiences) by implementing activities before, during or after the event including year-long activities and/or decentralisation to other cities (with smaller partner festivals nationally or across borders) and/or any efficient outreach activities towards non-core film festival audience
  • demonstrate a commitment to innovate, especially in the areas of outreach and audience development using the latest digital technologies and tools such as social media and online activities in order to create a permanent community
  • amplify innovative approaches beyond expanding their reach (for instance cross-platform programmes etc)
  • organise initiatives for film literacy (for example film education) in close cooperation with schools and other institutions throughout the year
  • place strong emphasis on European films and especially films from countries of low audiovisual production capacity
  • place strong emphasis on non-national European programming and geographic diversity of non-national European programming
  • demonstrate interest to initiate and further develop collaboration and partnerships with other European film festivals across borders to increase resource efficiency including sharing of subtitling/dubbing, online viewing platforms etc.

The deadline you choose to apply for depends on when the activities of the festival start:

  • Activities starting between May 2020 and October 2020 should apply for the deadline on 21 November 2019.
  • Activities starting between November 2020 and April 2021 should apply for the deadline on 23 April 2021.

What types of project are eligible for Action 2?

European networks of festivals taking place in countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme aiming to further develop effective collaboration and partnerships across borders and to elaborate strategies for joint activities in order to expand interest for European audiovisual works.

The eligible activities for the network are those in relation to:

  • Coordination of the network members and activities relating to its sustainable structured development (e.g. collaborative events; sharing of know-how and information; communication among members)
  • Provision of financial support to third parties (members of the network) for the implementation of joint activities in line with the priorities and objectives of the call (the maximum amount of funding per member is €30,000).

Action 2 activities are only supported under the second deadline on 23 April 2020.

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 EU Login and entering company information into the Funding and Tenders Portal.

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

For Action 1 the deadline you choose to apply for depends on when the activities of the festival start:

  • Activities starting between May 2020 and October 2020 should apply for the deadline on 21 November 2019.
  • Activities starting between November 2020 and April 2021 should apply for the deadline on 23 April 2021.

For Action 2 activities are only supported under the second deadline on 23 April 2020.

What documents should be attached to the e-Form?

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

Together all attachments must not exceed 10MB.

Please note: It is no longer a requirement to send in a paper package following your online submission.

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 and according to the following award criteria:

Action 1

  • Relevance (30 points)
  • Quality of the content and activities (35 points)
  • Dissemination of project results, and impact and sustainability (30 points)
  • Organisation of the team (5 points)

Action 2

  • Relevance (30 points)
  • Quality of the content and activities (30 points)
  • Dissemination of project results, and impact and sustainability (20 points)
  • Organisation of the network (20 points)

The Guide for Experts for Action 1 and Action 2 offer a breakdown of how these points are awarded.