UK audiovisual companies supported in final year of Creative Europe

While the opportunities for UK companies to apply for Creative Europe funding have run their course for the remainder of 2020, there have been several UK beneficiaries in a raft of results recently announced for previous deadlines.

HanWay Films received a grant of €825,908 from the Selective distirbution scheme towards the pan-European distribution campaign (23 countries) of Falling, the directorial debut of Viggo Mortensen. 12 other films were supported through this strand, with UK distributors involved in the groupings for half of them.

In addition to this, HanWay are one of the four UK-based sales companies (alongside Protagonist, Altitute and WestEnd Films) which generated grants totalling €392,704 between them through the Sales Agents scheme. Across Europe, 33 companies in seven countries shared a total of €3,342,709.

Three UK distributors secured funds from the Automatic distribution scheme, they are StudioCanal (€29,143); Peccadillo Pictures (€16,427) and Magnetes Pictures who specialising in releasing Eastern European titles in the UK (€66,800).

Producers based across the UK secured €210,000 in total for project development, they include Sheffield-based 104 Films South (fiction), Belfast-based Alt Animation (animation), London/Dublin-based Film and Music Entertainment (fiction) and Nottingham-based Wellington Films (fiction).

In TV, two UK companies were awarded grants totalling €244,324 towards the production of their projects. This includes London-based animation studio Magic Light Pictures selected for Zog and The Flying Doctors and Manchester-based, history and art programming specialists Urban Canyons selected for God's Soldiers - Siege of Malta.

Encounters Film Festival in Bristol received €33,000 funding for the last time through MEDIA for its 26th edition in 2020. The festival is one of 33 festivals selected from 21 different countries.

Finally, West Yorkshire-based organisation Live Cinema is a partner on one of the five projects selected under the pilot project Cinemas as Innovation Hubs for Local Communities. Their project, Movies in Motion received a total of €262,341 and is led by Motovun Film Festival in Croatia.

Photo: Encounters Film Festival ©Matt Whiteley 2020