Four international co-production funds to receive Creative Europe funding

In the most recent results from the MEDIA sub-programme's International Co-Production Funds scheme (call number 26/2018), four funds share a total of €2,075,000. 

The grants will be redistributed to producers to support either the production or distribution of international co-productions. Each supported fund has its own objectives, eligibility criteria and application procedure and interested producers should apply directly to the organisation that manages the fund.

The four funds that will continue to receive funding through this scheme are;

  • HBF+Europe (Netherlands); through the Minority Co-Production support scheme, the Hubert Bals Fund aims to encourage European producers to participate as a minority co-producer in high-quality film projects by filmmakers (particularly their debut and sophomore features) from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe. 
  • IDFA Bertha Fund Europe (Netherlands); the International Co-Production scheme caters to documentary projects in all stages of production that have a director from a country on the IBF Europe Country List that are realised through international co-productions between at least one European and one non-European producer. The Distribution scheme is designed to support innovative distribution plans for documentaries realized through international co-productions between at least one European and one non-European producer. 
  • Berlinale World Cinema Fund Europe (Germany);WCF Europe supports the realisation of films (feature-length fiction and creative documentaries) from WCF Europe eligible regions and countries, particularly those with a weak film instructure and that possess an unconventional aesthetic approach and tell stories that depict an authentic image of their cultural roots. 
  • TorinoFilmLab Co-Production Fund & Audience Design Fund (Italy); TFL World Co-Production Fund supports co-productions between European and international producers, focusing on directors developing their third feature film project onward, and the TFL Audience Design Fund aims at supporting the implementation of innovative audience development and outreach strategiesat the moment of distribution. 

142 films have been supported to date (79 at the production stage and 63 at the distribution stage). Moreover, out of these films, an increasing number of titles have been selected to premiere at major international festivals in Europe and the rest of the world. Supported films released in 2018/9 include Birds of Passage (TFL Audience Design Fund), The Heiresses (Berlinale World Cinema Fund) and Monos (Berlinale World Cinema Fund).  

As this year celebrates the 5th anniversary of the International Co-Production Funds scheme, an event will be organised during the San Sebastian Film Festival in order to showcase the successes of the scheme and present its beneficaries in order to further increase the visibility of this opportunity, particularly with regard to low capacity countries. 

Read the full set of results on the European Commission website.

Image: Contemporary-set Western Flatland (a co-production between South Africa and Germany) received support through Berlinale's World Cinema Fund in 2014 and premiered at the 2019 Berlinale International Film Festival.