Film Festivals



Call number:



7 May 2019, 11:00AM

The call was published on

19 Oct 2017

What does this funding support?

This scheme supports European film festivals that programme at least 70% European films (or 100 feature films/400 short films) from at least 15 countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme. At least 50% of these films must be from a country different from that of the festival.

The following overview is intended for guidance only. General informationspecific guidelines and FAQs 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?

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.

How much can you apply for?

The total estimated budget for the co-finacing of projects is €3.2 million.

Grants are awarded in lump sums according to the number of European films in the programming (for short films less than 50 minutes, four films are equal to one long film):

Number of European Films Lump Sum
Less than 40 €27,000
40 - 60 €35,000
61 - 80  €41,000
81 - 100 €46,000
101 - 120 €55,000
121 - 200 €63,000
More than 200 €75,000

For festivals that show only short films the grant is calculated as follows:

Number of European Films Lump Sum
Less than 150 €19,000
150 - 250 €25,000
More than 250 €33,000


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 for this scheme.

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

  • Activities starting between May 2019 and October 2019 should apply for the deadline in December 2018.
  • Activities starting between November 2019 and April 2020 should apply for the deadline in May 2019.

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:

  • Activities towards the audience, in particular outreach mechanisms, including online activities, the use of the latest digital technologies and tools such as social media and film literacy activities (30 points)
  • The European dimension of the programming including its cultural and geographic diversity as well as the quality of the collaboration and partnerships with other European film festivals across borders (35 points)
  • The size of the audience and professional community attending the festival and the impact of the festival on the promotion and circulation of European audiovisual works (30 points)
  • The distribution of the roles and responsibilities of the team vis-à-vis the specific objectives of the proposed action (5 points)

The Guide for Experts offers a breakdown of how these points are awarded.