Automatic distribution results announced
The latest results from Creative Europe's Automatic distribution scheme have been published. This funding rewards distributors for releasing European films from another country (non-national films). The more successful their films are at the box office, the larger the grant they are able to generate, allowing them to reinvest in other European, non-national acquisitions.
Altogether, €19 million has been allocated, supporting 263 applications from 32 countries. UK distributor Curzon Film World generated a grant of €151,934 from their UK admissions as well as a grant of €9,532 from their Irish admissions.
Curzon have made a number of acquisitions at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, including two European Palme d’Or contenders: Céline Sciamma’s Portrait Of A Lady On Fire and Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Whistlers. Last year at the festival, the company took rights to two films supported through the MEDIA sub-programme's Selective distribution scheme: Matteo Garrone’s Dogman and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, the latter grossing an impressive £1.2m in UK cinemas.
The largest proportion of funds went to Germany, where 18 distributors yielded €2.6 million collectively. In France, 26 distributors received €2.2 million between them, whilst 18 Spanish distributors received €1.5 million.
The grants generated can now be used by distributors towards film financing and/or release costs of their European, non-national acquisitions.
Read the full list of results on the EACEA website.
Image: Curzon supported the UK release of Loro through the Automatic scheme.
22 May 2019