Creative Europe continues to boost UK’s creative sectors with €15.9 million investment in 2018

Since it's launch in 2014, Creative Europe has awarded €89.5 million to 376 UK-based cultural and creative organisations and audiovisual companies, and helped distribute 190 UK films in other European countries.

2018's report, recently published by Creative Europe Desk UK, has found that €15.9 million (€3.5 million through the Culture sub-programme and €12.2 million through the MEDIA sub-programme, €5.9 million of which supported distributors of UK films in other European countries) has supported the UK creative and cultural industries through non-repayable grants and the distribution of British films in other countries.

 Director of Creative Europe Desk UK, Agnieszka Moody said:

“The 2018 report shows that UK producers, arts organisations, festivals and projects have been able to maintain their commitment to working with Europe during what has been a challenging time for cross-border collaboration. During a year of uncertainty, Creative Europe’s funding of €15.9 million has strengthened continued engagement, supported project delivery and developed ongoing European relations.”

This EU-run programme has proved to be crucial in supporting UK creative and cultural industries to grow, build international networks, generate jobs and skills, grow audiences and markets, experiment, up-skill, and also make meaningful impacts in areas such as disability, diversity, youth and combating exclusion locally and internationally.

The programme has supported over 338 UK cultural and creative organisations and audiovisual companies to date. This includes €30.4 million which supported the distribution of 190 UK films in other European countries.

Culture projects

  • In 2018, 42 UK creative, cultural and heritage organisations received grants totalling €3.5 million for transnational collaborative projects through Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme.

MEDIA projects

  • The UK’s film, TV and video game industries benefitted from Creative Europe's MEDIA sub-programme in 2018. Grants totalling €12.2 million were awarded to 35 UK companies, 42 UK cinemas in the Europa Cinemas network and the distribution of 63 UK films elsewhere in Europe, including Beast, On Chesil Beach, You Were Never Really Here and Aardman’s Early Man. 

Read the full 2018 report on Creative Europe support in the UK and download the the press release here

Take a look at all projects funded in 2018 here