Frankie and Doris - a Creative Europe funded animation from Sixteen South

Creative Europe grants €1 million to UK production companies

Creative Europe has allocated nearly €12 million to 75 European production companies through its Slate funding scheme. This includes six UK companies, who were awarded non-repayable grants totalling over €1 million to support the development of audiovisual projects with international potential.

The UK companies awarded grants this year include Baby Cow Films, Ecosse Films, Number 9 Films and Sixteen Films as well as two animation companies, Sixteen South and The Illuminated Film Company

Colin Williams, Creative Director of the Belfast-based production company Sixteen South said:

“We're absolutely delighted to be awarded Creative Europe development funding for our slate of current projects. Development is the lifeblood of any creative business. This funding allows us to build new ideas, to work with the best talent for each project and to grow our business and the local Northern Ireland creative industry.”

The funding received by UK companies through this scheme has more than doubled since last year when grants totalling €444,295 were awarded to three companies. Across Europe, the success rate of applications has also increased, up to 64% from 45% in 2014. However, 2015 did see fewer companies applying (118 applications were received in total, compared to 167 in 2014).

The next call for proposals for this scheme is due to be announced in the autumn and will see a revision of the guidelines, particularly in relation to how automatic points are awarded. Currently, in an attempt to reach a level playing field, ten points are given to applicants from countries with a ‘low audiovisual capacity’ making it more challenging for producers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK to reach the threshold. In the new round of funding, countries will be split into three categories and we will continue to monitor the impact this has on British producers.  

A full set of results are available on the EACEA website.

Photo: Animation company Sixteen South has successfully secured funding for its slate of projects, which includes Frankie and Doris © 2015 Sixteen South Ltd.