ON THE BLOG: Spring Films' Ed Dallal talks TV Programming support

Edward Dallal, a Senior Producer at Spring Films discusses how being a recipient of funding through Creative Europe's TV Programming scheme has helped to enhanced the scale and production value of their latest project with Werner Herzog.

Spring Films has twice received Slate Funding - in 2014 and 2017 - which helped to bring an earlier Herzog documentary, Into the Inferno, to life. 


Tell us about your company/organisation (location, size of office, or anything we might be surprised to learn!)

Spring Films is a factual production company based near Oxford Circus in London. We have a small office with nine full time staff but have received two Oscar nominations, as well as Emmy, BAFTA, RTS, Peabody and Grierson Awards. In 2017, we were responsible for four out of six factual Emmy nominations for Netflix.

What are your company’s ambitions and how has Creative Europe funding supported these?

In six years, with the help of funding from Creative Europe, Spring Films has hired more staff, moved to bigger offices, we have increased our production and currently have five films in various stages of completion. Our ambition is to continue to expand with a strong slate of international series and feature documentaries.

What have you most recently received funding for?

Most recently, we received production support for Meeting Gorbachev directed by André Singer and Werner Herzog. 

What has the grant enabled you to do?

With the support of Creative Europe, we were able to expand the archive and travel to additional countries, enhancing the scale and production values of this film - it is now seen as the 'definitive' documentary about Mikhail Gorbachev.

Can you share any feedback you received from the European Commission on your application? What made your application successful?

The feedback we received said:

"The programme is set to depict one of the leading figures of modern history and is presented by a very strong creative and production team. The producer has collected high non-national financing via a strong collaboration with AETN which will guarantee large worldwide audiences."

Aside from financially, how has Creative Europe funding been beneficial?

Creative Europe funding allowed the directors to take a more innovative, creative approach to the film. It is absolutely not a standard biography.

Has anything surprised you in terms of what it has allowed you to do?

Meeting Gorbachev is now due to be shown in over 200 cinema screens around the world - exceeding our expectations.

What advice would you give to potential applicants?

I would advise people to give it a go because Creative Europe is a truly brilliant source of funding.


The next deadline for applications to the TV Programming scheme is 28 May 2019. For additional guidance and help with your application contact us

Discover more about the making of Meeting Gorbachev with this conversation between Werner Herzog, André Singer and Thom Power, host of the podcast Pure Non-Fiction at last year's Toronto International Film Festival.