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Call: Distribution Automatic Support

Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Creative Europe"

Creative Europe's stated aims are to help the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation, enable the sectors to reach their economic potential, contributing to sustainable growth, jobs, and social cohesion, and to give Europe's culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences.
This will, amongst others, involve funding for:

  • artists and cultural professionals
  • cinemas
  • films
  • book translations
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Description of programme
The audiovisual sector is transforming with the rise of digital technology. This creates additional issues, such as the protection of intellectual property, securing access to financing in a relatively new and changing sector, and ensuring the proper distribution of works.
The Media sub-programme, which supports the audiovisual and multimedia sector, provides opportunities for:
  • Initiatives that aim to promote the distribution of works and the access to markets
  • Initiatives for the development of projects or a set of projects (slate funding)
  • Support for the production of television programmes or video games
  • Activities to increase interest in and improve access to audiovisual works
  • Activities that promote interests in films, such as cinema networks or film festivals
  • Measures that facilitate international co-production and strengthen the circulation and distribution of works
  • Activities to build the skills and capacities of audiovisual sector professionals
Distribution Automatic Support
Description of call
"Distribution Automatic Support"
Funding will be provided to distributors and sales agents on the basis of two phases:
 1. The generation of a potential fund which will be calculated according to the performance of the
company on the European market during a reference period.
2. The implementation of the action: the potential fund thus generated by each company must be
reinvested in:
  • Action 1: Support to Distributors
    − the co-production of eligible non-national European films;
    − the acquisition of distribution rights, for example by means of minimum guarantees, of eligible non-national European films; and/or in
    − the release of eligible non-national European films.
  • Action 2: Support to Sales Agents
    − minimum guarantees or advances paid for the international sales rights on eligible non-national European films;
    − the promotion, marketing and advertising on the market of eligible non-national European films
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Thematic Focus Art & Culture, Cultural Heritage, History, Media, Competitiveness, SME
Funding area EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Eligible applicants Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Start Up Company, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association, Other
Applicant details

Action 1: The applicant must be a European cinema / theatrical distributor involved in commercial activity designed to bring to the attention of a wide audience a film for the purpose of exploitation in cinema theatres. This shall be the principal activity of the company or division of the company;
Action 2: The applicant company must be a European Sales Agent, acting as an intermediary agent for the producer, who specialises in the commercial exploitation of a film by marketing and licensing a film to distributors or other purchasers for foreign countries.

Recurring Call No
Project duration max 18 months
Further info
The deadlines for sending applications are:
  • Action 1 – Support to Distributors: 08/09/2020
  • Action 2 – Support to Sales Agents: 29/10/2020
Type of Funding Grants
Financial details The total budget available is 27.8 million €.
  • Action 1: 24.3 million €
  • Action 2: 3.5 million €
Cofinancing rate: max. 60%
Submission Online application form (eForm)
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