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Call key data

European co-development

Funding Program

Creative Europe - Media Strand

Call number

CREA-MEDIA-2024-CODEV

deadlines

Opening
07.12.2023

Deadline
06.03.2024 17:00

Funding rate

70%

Call budget

€ 6,500,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

The objective of the support to European co-development is to support the cooperation among European production companies that are developing works with a strong international audience potential.

Call objectives

Within the specific objective of promoting competitiveness, scalability, cooperation, innovation and sustainability, including through mobility in the European audiovisual sector, one of the priorities of the MEDIA Strand is:

  • to nurture talents, competence and skills and to stimulate cross-border cooperation, mobility and innovation in the creation and production of European audiovisual works, encouraging collaboration across Member States with different audiovisual capacities.

The MEDIA Strand shall provide support for the following measures:

  • Development of audiovisual works by European independent production companies, covering a variety of formats (such as feature films, short films, series, documentaries, narrative video games) and genres, and targeting diverse audiences, including children and young people.

Expected effects and impacts

  • Increased collaboration at development stage between European production companies from different countries and from different markets and consequently an increased number of co-productions.
  • Increased quality, feasibility, cross-border potential and market value of selected projects.
  • A stronger position on European and international markets for companies selected under European co-development.

Expected results

The European co-development action shall provide support to the development of a single project for commercial exploitation intended for cinema release, television broadcasting or commercial exploitation on digital platforms or a multi-platform environment in the following categories: animation, creative documentary or fiction. The project must be co-developed by at least two European independent production companies, having signed a co-development agreement specifying the division of tasks and the collaboration on creative aspects.

The aim is to provide funds to audiovisual production companies to develop works with high creative value and cultural diversity and wide cross-border exploitation potential. Companies are encouraged to develop strong and innovative collaborations at creative and financing level and to develop strategies for marketing and distribution from the outset of the development phase thus improving the potential to reach audiences at a European and international level.

Applications should present adequate strategies to ensure a more sustainable and more environmentally-respectful industry and to ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness.

The following works are ineligible:

  • live recordings, TV games, talk shows, cooking shows, magazines, tv-shows, reality shows, educational, teaching and “how to” programmes;
  • documentaries promoting tourism, “making-of”, reports, animal reportages,news programmes and “docu-soaps”;
  • projects including pornographic or racist material or advocating violence;
  • works of a promotional nature;
  • institutional productions to promote a specific organisation or its activities;
  • music videos and video-clips;
  • video games, e-books and interactive books;
  • student films and graduation works.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Albania (Shqipëria), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Liechtenstein, Montenegro (Црна Гора), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Ukraine (Україна)

eligible entities

Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Mandatory partnership

Yes

Project Partnership

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least two applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions:

  • an eligible coordinator and at least one eligible partner, established in at least two different countries participating in the MEDIA Strand
  • the coordinator and the partner(s) must have signed a co-development agreement that needs to be submitted with the application.

other eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible, the entities must be:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries (i.e.:Creative Europe Participating Countries, EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories) or non-EU countries (listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative EuropeProgramme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature - list of participating countries)
  • be established in one of the countries participating fully in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and be owned directly or indirectly, wholly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries. When a company is publicly listed, the location of the stock exchange will in principle determine its nationality.
  • be independent European audiovisual production companies.
  • the coordinator must be able to demonstrate recent experience in producing internationally distributed works.

Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person.

International organisations — International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.

Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offerguarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.

EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.

Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. Please note that if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible).

Independent European audiovisual production companies — An independent company is a company which is not, directly or indirectly, majority controlled by an audiovisual media service provider, either in shareholding or commercial terms. Majority control is considered to occur when more than 25% of the share capital of a production company is held by a single audiovisual media service provider (50% when several audiovisual media service providers have shares or other means of control in the company).

An audiovisual production company is a company whose main objective and activity is audiovisual production.

Coordinator with recent experience in producing internationally distributed works — The coordinator must prove it has produced one previous work since 2017 that respects the following conditions:

  • an animation, fiction or creative documentary projects (one-off or series) of a total duration of minimum 24 minutes (except for projects with a user experience in non-linear format (e.g. Virtual Reality), in which case there is no minimum duration)
  • it has been actually released in cinemas (or similar for location-based immersive projects), broadcast on television or made available on digital platforms in at least three countries other than that of the applicant before the day of the deadline for submission of applications.
  • the releases or broadcasts are of a commercial nature. Screenings during festivals are not accepted as a commercial distribution

In relation to the previous work, the coordinator must also be able to prove:

  • that it was the sole production company, or
  • that it was, in the case of a co-production with another production company, the major co-producer in the financing plan or the delegate producer, or
  • that its Chief Executive or one of its shareholders has a personal onscreen credit on the work as producer or delegate producer.

The coordinator must provide the requested information about the previous work in the dedicated section of the application. In case the previous work in the application does not respect the eligibility criteria, the application will be ineligible even if the applicant is able to provide information on other previous works that respect the eligibility criteria.

Additional information

Topics

Arts & Culture, Cultural Heritage, Tourism, 
Education & Training, Children & Youth, Media

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

30 months

Additional Information

Proposal page limits and layout:

  • Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
  • Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)
  • Part C - contains additional project data and the project’s contribution to EU programme key performance indicators (to be filled in directly online)

Mandatory annexes and supporting documents: (templates available to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed, assembled and re-uploaded):

  • detailed budget table (template available in the Submission System)
  • PDF with information about film(s)/work(s) to be generated from the Creative Europe MEDIA Database
  • creative dossier of the project submitted for funding (PDF based on mandatory template available in the Submission System)
  • co-development agreement signed by the partners submitting the application, describing, amongst others, how they will collaborate on the joint development of creative aspects and storytelling, and the distribution of the roles and responsibilities within the project, including the division of tasks, the budget split, the administrative cooperation and risk management
  • rights contract / proof of ownership of rights (and in case of adaptation, rights of adaptation) for the project submitted for funding
  • supporting documents of co-production, distribution and financing (co-production contracts, deal memos, signed letters of commitment and letters of intent related to the distribution and financing strategy)
  • information on independence and ownership control (mandatory template available in the Submission System).
  • Declaration on language of the submitted materials (mandatory template available in the Submission System)

Page limit - part B: 70 pages


The grant will be a lump sum grant.

Project budget (maximum grant amount): the maximum EU grant depends on the number of eligible beneficiaries (i.e. coordinator and partner(s), not their affiliated entities) that are part of the consortium. If the application is submitted by a consortium of two eligible beneficiaries, the maximum EU grant is EUR 120 000. For each additional eligible beneficiary, the maximum EU grant increases with EUR 60 000. However, for the co-development of TV series with an intended production budget of EUR 20M and above, the maximum EU grant for a consortium of two eligible beneficiaries is EUR 200 000, whilst it increases with EUR 100 000 per additional eligible beneficiary.

Contact

European Education and Culture Executive Agency
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Creative Europe Desks
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Creative Europe Desk Austria - Media
+43 1 526 97 30-406
info@mediadeskaustria.eu
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