Three new UK-based audiovisual markets supported

In the latest round of funding through the Access to Markets scheme (call number 17/2016), Creative Europe provides grants totalling €7.5 million to 62 industry events and activities across Europe which are designed to facilitate audiovisual professionals’ access to markets and to promote European audiovisual works.

Five UK markets are among the selected, including three that are receiving support for the first time. Sharing a total of €340,000, they are: 

Newly supported: 

  • The Business of Scripted from MediaXchange receives €45,000 to help professionals with the financing, packaging of co-produced scripted television series within several areas of TV production.
  • ConnectED at The Edinburgh International Television Festival receives €60,000 for a new meeting event bringing together European audiovisual professionals and key international broadcasters, distributors, agents, independent producers, senior commissioners, talent managers and financing institutions.
  • Global Short Docs from One World Media Trust receives €30,000 for a new initiative focused on short factual films, based around a four-day residential course made up of workshops, pitching training and one-to-one pitching meetings.

Previously supported: 

  • Good Pitch Europe from BRITDOC Foundation receives €75,000 to continue to bring together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues.
  • MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Market at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Receives €130,000 to continue their two annual documentary and factual markets at the festival. 

In this round of funding, 48 of the selected projects are trade events and markets; six are online tools and eight are promotional activities, aimed at increasing the circulation and visibility of European films on international markets.

There are two new projects dedicated to TV series, two new initiatives focused on video games and one on virtual reality.

  • TV Drama Vision 2018 (Sweden), launched at the Göteborg Film Festival
  • ConnectED (UK) at The Edinburgh International Television Festival
  • Indie Arena Booth 2017 gamescom (Germany) 
  • Game Connection Europe 2017 (France) 
  • VR Days Europe (The Nethrlands) 

The Access to Markets funding aims to bring about European and international co-productions by creating an environment where buyers and content owners can meet, network and negotiate deals. The full set of results can be found on the EACEA website.

Image: Speed meetings at The Edinburgh International Television Festival