33 international sales companies supported with €3.3 million
The 2019 results of Creative Europe's Sales Agents scheme have been published, revealing that 33 companies in seven countries shared a total of €3,342,709.
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 and promoting more non-national European films.
In the latest round of results, four UK-based sales companies share €392,704 between them: HanWay, Protagonist, Altitude and WestEnd Films. Previously, funding from this scheme has supported the sale of films such as The Breadwinner, Mary Shelley, Victoria and Slow West.
In a recurring trend, France plays host to the most companies awarded grants, with 19 companies in total securing subsidies. The largest amount generated was by StudioCanal, with €747,852. Other companies crossing the €200,000 mark include The Match Factory from Germany, Trust Nordisk from Denmark, Gaumont and MK2 from France.
The full list of results are available on the EACEA website here.
Image: HanWay Films received support for Victoria director Sebastian Schipper's film Roads through the Sales Agents scheme in 2018. Image courtesy of HanWay.
15 May 2020