Distribution: Selective Scheme



Call number:



16 Jun 2020, 4:00PM

The call was published on

19 Sep 2019

What does this funding support?

The scheme aims to encourage and support the wider distribution of recent non-national European films by encouraging sales agents and theatrical distributors to invest in the promotion and adequate distribution of non-national European films. It also encourages the development of links between the production and distribution sector, improving the competitive position of non-national European films and the competitiveness of European companies.

The following overview is intended for guidance only. General information and specific guidelines can be found on the website of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), which manages Creative Europe.

Take a look at the results from the previous call in 2019.

Who is this funding for?

European sales agents that have over the last three years been the appointed sales agent of at least three films that have been theatrically released in at least five countries.

They should have also been appointed as the sales agent of the film by the producer by way of an international sales agreement providing for the right to sell the film in at least 15 countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme.

A minimum of seven different European distributors must be attached to the project. Out of the seven distributors at least three should come from high/medium capacity countries and at least two from small/very small capacity countries (see section 6.2 of the specific guidelines for a definition). The distributors must commit to carry out the distribution of the film on their territories via a letter of intent.

How much can you apply for?

The total budget for this call is €9.85 million. A maximum of 25% of the budget will be allocated to films with a production budget of more than €10 million.

The support is limited to 50% of the P&A incurred by the distributors. This is capped at:

  • €150,000 for distributors in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK
  • €60,000 for distributors in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland
  • €30,000 for distributors in Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary and Portugal
  • €10,000 for distributors in all the other territories.

Which films are eligible?

For a film to be eligible it must:

  • be a work of fiction, animation or documentary (minimum duration 60 minutes)
  • have its first copyright established in 2019 at the earliest
  • not consist of alternative content (operas, concerts, performances) or advertising, or include any pornographic or racist material
  • have a maximum production budget of €15 million
  • have been majority produced by a producer/producers established in countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme
  • be made with the significant participation of professionals who are nationals/residents of those countries (see section 6.2 of the specific guidelines for more details)
  • have a standard interoperable identifier such as ISAN or EIDR

Films released between 1 March 2020 and 1 September 2021 should apply for the first deadline on 10 December 2019.

Films released between 1 September 2020 and 1 March 2022 should apply for the second deadline on 16 June 2020.

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 douments should I attach to the e-Form?

The following documents must be attached to the e-Form:

  • Annex 1 – Detailed description of the project/action (using the template provided)
  • Annex 2 – Declaration on applicant's honour (using the template provided) and Distributors’ letter of intent (using the template provided)
  • Annex 3 – Detailed budget and sources of financing  (using the template provided)
  • Annex 4 – Track record of the applicant company  (using the template provided)
  • Annex 5 – Financial plan of the film signed by the delegated producer of the film (no template required)
  • Annex 6 – Sales agent agreement signed with the producer (NB: a complete copy, with annexes and without any deletion with hand written statement "Copy certified as conforming to the original" signed by the statutory legal representative of the company)

As soon as the film is completed, an online screening room of the film for which support is sought must be provided. It can be sent via email to eacea-distribution-selective@ec.europa.eu. The link must be active and accessible during the entire evaluation period. A DVD copy can also be sent via post.

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

How will my application be assessed?

Applications from across Europe are assessed centrally by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) according to the following award criteria:

  • Relevance and European added-value (30 points)
  • Quality of the content and activities (45 points)
  • Dissemination of project results, impact and sustainability (15 points)
  • Coordination (10 points)

More details can also be found in the Guide for Experts document for this scheme.