29 international sales companies supported with €2.5 million

The 2019 results of Creative Europe's Sales Agents scheme have been published, revealing that 29 companies in seven countries shared a total of €2,599,983. 

This annual scheme allows sales agents to generate a subsidy based on their performance in selling non-national European films (i.e. films from another territory to that in which they are based) in a qualifying period. Each year, sales agents report on which films they sold to which distributors, and any box office successes can expect significant grants which can then be used towards selling more non-national European films. 

In the latest round of results, two UK-based sales companies (both of whom have generated grants previously) share €152,294 between them: HanWay and WestEnd Films. Previously, funding from this scheme has supported the sale of films such as The Breadwinner, Mary Shelley and Slow West. Among the top-selling films to generate funds in this round are The SquarePaddington 2 and The Killing of a Sacred Deer

In a recurring trend, France plays host to the most companies awarded grants, with 17 companies in total securing subsidies. The largest amount generated was by StudioCanal, with €570,401. Other companies crossing the €100,000 mark include The Match Factory from Germany, Gaumont, Playtime, Société Parisienne de Production and Wild Bunch from France and the UK's HanWay. 

The full list of results are available on the EACEA website

Image: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote received supported through the Sales Agents scheme in 2017. Image courtesy of Kinology.