Still from documentary The Love Commandos

€7 million awarded to European producers

More than €7 million has been awarded to European producers in the newly announced results across two funding schemes from the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme:

TV Programming

25 European productions have been awarded a total of €4.7 million in the first set of results from the TV programming fund (deadline: 13 January 2015). 

This funding supports the production of TV programmes involving at least three European broadcasters. 

Of the 25 successful applicants, 18 documentaries have been awarded a total of €1.52 million, with five animations receiving €1.68 million and two dramas securing €1.5 million altogether. Notably, German production company X-Filme has been awarded a €1 million grant for period drama series Babylon Berlin, which they will co-produce alongside ARD, Sky Germany and Beta Film.

Two UK applicants were selected to benefit from grants to the tune of €519, 280:

  • Production company 1973 Films secured €500,000 for Hettie Makebelieve - a stop-motion animated series about a collection of toys who come to life and create new worlds of adventure. This follows the award of €60,000 through the Single Project development scheme granted last year. 
  • Documentary project The Love Commandos has been supported with a grant of €19,280 to Rise Films. The film follows a group of Indian men on a mission to change their country's views on love, honour and marriage.

The full list of TV Programming results across all countries is available on the European Commission’s website

Single Project

Meanwhile, the UK’s King Rollo Films also received €60,000 for their animation Gnora and Nibbs through the Single Project development scheme (deadline: 15 January 2015). 

Designed to support independent European production companies with international potential for cinema, television or digital platforms, the successful projects include 9 animations (€540, 000), 19 documentaries (€475, 000) and 30 fiction projects (€1.36 million).

Of the 274 projects that applied to receive this funding (deadline: 15 January 2015), 58 were supported altogether, with a total funding tally of €2.4 million. An average success rate for this increasingly competitive funding is 21%.  The five big countries (France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the UK) struggled with the new system of automatic points positively discriminating applicants from countries with low audiovisual production capacity and had a collective success rate of 10% with 13 applications selected out of 131 submitted.

The full set of results is available on the European Commission’s website

Find out more

Find out more about the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme’s support for producers through the TV programming and Single Project development schemes. The next call for projects will be published in the autumn.

Photo: Documentary The Love Commandos has been awarded funding from the Creative Europe - MEDIA programme's TV Programming scheme.