Development: Single Project



Call number:



12 May 2020, 4:00PM

The call was published on

13 Sep 2019

What does this funding support?

European independent production companies looking to develop a project with international potential for cinema, television or digital platforms.

The following overview is intended for guidance only. General informationspecific guidelines and documents relevant to this call 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?

Applicant companies must:

  • Be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and be majority owned by nationals from those countries
  • Be registered for a minimum of 12 months and have audiovisual production as their main business activity
  • Be independent – no more than 25% of the share capital can be held by a single broadcaster (50% when several broadcasters are involved)
  • Own the majority of the rights to the project for which support is being sought
  • Be able to demonstrate an eligible track record project (see additional question for requirements). 

What projects are eligible for development?

The development of the following audiovisual works are eligible:

Projects intended for theatrical release:

  • Feature films, animations and creative documentaries (minimum length of 60 minutes)

Projects intended for television (one-off or series) or digital platforms (total user experience):

  • Drama (minimum length 90 minutes)
  • Animation (minimum length 24 minutes)
  • Creative documentaries (minimum length 50 minutes)

These minimums do not apply to non-linear digital platform projects.

The first day of principal photography of the submitted project must not be scheduled to occur within 8 months from the date of application.

What projects are eligible for the track record?

Applicant companies must be able to provide evidence of one eligible track record project that was either:

  • a production where they were the sole production company
  • a co-production where they were the majority producer (as evidenced by the financing plan/co-production agreement)
  • a production where the CEO/shareholder of the company was credited as a Producer (as evidenced by the on-screen credit). Executive Producer credits are not eligible.

In order to be eligible the track record project must:

  • be a fiction, animation or a creative documentary project
  • meet the minimum length requirements listed in the question above
  • be produced in the five years preceding the submission of the application
  • have had official release (theatrical or online) or a TV broadcast

The release of the track record project must have taken place in at least one country outside of the UK between 1 January 2017 and the date of submission.

Festival screenings and DVD releases are not eligible. Commercial distribution online and distribution from an international sales agent are only accepted if documented by a revenues report that relates to this period.

How much can you apply for?

The total budget is estimated at €5.4 million over the two deadlines.

Single projects grants are non-repayable and are awarded in lump sums:

  • €60,000 for animation projects
  • €50,000 for fiction projects with budgets equal to or above €1.5 million
  • €30,000 for fiction projects with budgets below €1.5 million
  • €25,000 for creative documentary projects

A minimum of 27% of the budget allocated under this scheme will be earmarked to applications originating from countries with a low production capacity, provided that the applications reach a minimum score under the award criteria of 75/100.

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 EU Login and entering company information into the Funding and Tenders Portal.

Once registered, you can download an e-Form and begin your application. More details can also be found in the Guide for Applicants.

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. Page limitations need to be respected. In case you exceed them, the evaluators are not bound to read any material that exceeds the maximum. 

More details can also be found in the Guide for Applicants.

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:

  • Quality of the project and the potential for European distribution and audience reach (55 points)
  • Quality of the development strategy (10 points)
  • The European and international distribution and marketing strategy (25 points)
  • Quality of the financing strategy and feasibility potential of the project (10 points)

Fiction and creative documentary projects specifically targeted at young audiences (under 16's) are eligible for 5 additional automatic points.

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