MEDIA’s Business Cluster offers funding for organisations and initiatives whose projects promote European talent, business innovation and business-to-business exchange, strategic cooperation, scalability, and the distribution of films and content across borders and platforms.

European Talents & Skills

Formerly known as the “Training scheme”, this scheme supports further training programmes for European audiovisual professionals in a vast range of areas: from producing and promoting high-quality works of any format and on any platform, to career development and mentoring schemes for emerging talent and programmes that focus on skills relevant to the digital and green transition.

Upcoming deadline for applications:

in 2022

Physical and/or web-based training courses, capacity building and mentoring programmes for professionals working in the audiovisual industry.

Projects should be international, meaning that the majority of participants should come from European countries other than that of the applicant organisation.

Particular focus will be put on the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills, and awareness on market and digital technologies developments, data analytics, sustainable business models, internationalisation, marketing, promotion, audience development, restoration of film heritage, greening of the industry.

No maximum grant amounts are specified, but the MEDIA co-financing rate may not exceed 80%.

European organisations established in countries participating fully or partially in the MEDIA strand.

Applicants need to set up an account in the European Commission’s dedicated register and submit their application and all required annexes electronically before the call deadline via the Funding & Tenders Portal.

Further details on how to apply for funding under Creative Europe can be found here.

Markets & Networking

This scheme supports initiatives and events that encourage international business-to-business opportunities: industry fairs, co-production and financing markets for feature films, shorts, games TV series and events to strengthen the visibility, exposure and distribution potential of European works on the global market.

It also includes industry events focused on sustainability, new media content and/or the uptake of new technology and business models, provided they make an impact on visibility and sales of European works.

Upcoming deadline for applications:

in 2022

Business-to-business promotional activities for European works implemented by pan-European networks representing at least 15 European countries.

On-site, virtual or hybrid markets and industry events for European professionals.

Activities of European audiovisual operators at industry events and fairs in Europe and beyond.

No maximum grant amounts are specified, but the MEDIA co-financing rate may not exceed 80%.

Organisations established in countries participating fully or partially in the MEDIA strand with demonstrable expertise, qualifications and resources to successfully implement the projects, including sufficient experience in projects of comparable size and nature.

Applicants need to set up an account in the European Commission’s dedicated register and submit their application and all required annexes electronically before the call deadline via the Funding & Tenders Portal.

Further details on how to apply for funding under Creative Europe can be found here.

European Film Distribution & European Film Sales

This scheme seeks to promote and support the international distribution of European films in a wide range of territories by providing co-financing to offset the commercial risk inherent to the distribution of non-national European films across Europe. It also aims to strengthen the ties between sales agents and distributors with a view to making the distribution of non-national films more sustainable and more competitive.

Upcoming deadline for applications:

in 2022

Generation stage: the generation of a potential fund calculated based on the applicant’s track record (admissions) in the reference period.

Re-investment stage: the reinvestment of the previously generated fund in the distribution of European films.

Maximum grant of € 75.000 per film. The MEDIA co-financing rate may not exceed 60% of eligible costs.

Distributors: the applicant must be a theatrical distributor with commercial distribution activities.

Sales Agents: the applicant must be a European sales agent for films intended for theatrical release.

Applicants need to set up an account in the European Commission’s dedicated register and submit their application and all required annexes electronically before the call deadline via the Funding & Tenders Portal.

Further details on how to apply for funding under Creative Europe can be found here.

Innovative Tools & Business Models

This scheme aims to increase the visibility and availability of European works with new tools or services, and to increase the potential audience for European works in the digital environment.

Upcoming deadline for applications:

in 2022

Projects submitted by European companies that offer solutions to the specific challenges faced by the audiovisual industry: discoverability, availability and accessibility of European films in the digital age, sequencing of release windows, film financing, environmental sustainability, audience development, interest and loyalty. Tools that explore and create new opportunities for the audiovisual industry including technology-enhanced content development, production and rights management, blockchain-powered rights management, data analytics solutions for promotion and distribution etc.

No maximum grant amounts are specified, but the MEDIA co-financing rate may not exceed 80%.

Organisations established in countries participating fully or partially in the MEDIA strand.

Applicants need to set up an account in the European Commission’s dedicated register and submit their application and all required annexes electronically before the call deadline via the Funding & Tenders Portal.

Further details on how to apply for funding under Creative Europe can be found here.

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