Film still from I, Daniel Blake

Update on forthcoming MEDIA calls post-EU referendum

Following the EU referendum result there are no immediate material changes to the current arrangements for those who have successfully applied, are currently being assessed, or are planning to apply for Creative Europe funding in 2016 and 2017.
 
Under the MEDIA sub-programme, September will see the publication of three schemes for which UK production companies are eligible to apply for:
 
Single Project - November 2016 and April 2017 deadlines

Support for European independent production companies looking to develop a project with international potential for cinema, television or digital platforms. Fiction, documentary and animation projects (one-off or series) can apply for non-repayable grants from €25,000 to  €60,000.

Through this scheme Creative Europe in its first three years has supported ten projects from the UK with a total of €560,000. Among those were Hettie Makebelieve (1973 Films), Step Thirteen (Optimism Film) and Village Idiot (Aardman Animations). Projects funded through the previous MEDIA programme include Mr. Turner, The Confessions of Thomas Quick and Uncle Howard.

Slate Funding - February 2017 deadline

Support for European independent production companies looking to develop 3 - 5 projects with international potential for cinema, television and digital platforms. Fiction, documentary and amination projects can apply for non-repayable grants between €70,000 to €200,000. Each project on the slate can receive between €10,000 to €60,000.

16 UK companies have been awarded through the Slate funding scheme in the first three years of Creative Europe, including Sixteen Films, Number 9 Films, BabyCow Films for fiction slates and Sixteen South for an animation slate. Check the latest results here. Projects funded through the previous MEDIA programme that were released in 2014 and 2015 include Brooklyn, Half of a Yellow Sun and Carol.

TV Programming - December 2016 deadline & May 2017 deadline

TV drama and animation projects (one off or series) can apply for up to 12.5% of the production budget (capped at €500,000). Documentary projects (one off or series) can apply for up to 20% of the production budget (capped at €300,000).

Grants of €1 million (or 10% of eligible costs, whichever is lower) are available to projects that meet the following criteria:

  • The first series of a TV drama series with a minimum duration of 6 x 45 minutes
  • Co-produced between at least two production companies from different countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme
  • With a minimum eligible production budget of €10 million.

In order to be eligible at least three European broadcasters (but ideally more) should be attached through pre-sales or co-production deals. UK applicants are also eligible to be co-beneficiaries on projects led by production companies from other countries.
 
Through this scheme Creative Europe has funded 23 TV productions from the UK since 2014, with grants totalling €7 million. Examples include: Last Panthers, Hinterland Series 3 and Shaun The Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas. Many popular foreign-language dramas have also received funding through the programme, including Trapped, The Bridge and The Returned.

Our services to the UK’s creative professionals continue as usual and we encourage prospective applicants to Creative Europe to get in touch with their local Creative Europe Desk UK office if they are thinking of submitting an application.

Image: I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach, is funded through the Development: Slate funding scheme. Image courtesy of Sixteen Films