Creative Europe

Creative Europe includes an innovative financial facility to improve access to finance for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME) and organisations in the audiovisual, cultural and creative sectors.


The objectives of this programme are to support the financial capacity of the European cultural and creative sectors, to promote cultural and creative works and operators on a European level, to reach new audiences in Europe and support to foster policy development, innovation, audience building and new business models.


The programme consists of two sub-programmes:

1. The Culture Sub-Programme helps cultural and creative organisations to operate transnationally and promotes the cross-border circulation anf the mobility of cultural players; and

2. The Media Sub-Programme financially supports he EU film and audiovisual industries in the development, distribution and promotion of their work.


Supported activities shall include bilateral and multilateral cooperation, innovative actions, actions aiming to achieve greater visibility, support for literary translation and activities by organisations providing a promotional European platform for the development of emerging talent.


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Open Calls


MEDIA Sub-programme

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants


Distribution Automatic Support 2017

The MEDIA Sub-programme shall provide support for the distribution of non-national European films through theatrical distribution and on all other platforms as well as for international sales activities, in particular the subtitling, dubbing and audio-description of audiovisual works. Eligible actions under the Distribution Automatic scheme include:

1. The generation of a potential fund, proportional to the number of paying admission tickets sold during the reference period (2016) for non-national European films in countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme, up to a fixed ceiling per film and adjusted for each country. Action proposal to be submitted by first deadline.

2. Reinvestment: the potential fund thus generated by each company must be reinvested in: the co-production of non-national European films; the acquisition of distribution rights, for example by means of minimum guarantees, of non- national European films; and/or the release of eligible non-national European Films. Action proposal to be submitted by second deadline.

Public or Private, European cinema / theatrical distributors

August 1, 2018

Support to Sales Agents

The aim of the "Sales Agents" scheme is to encourage and support the wider transnational distribution of recent European films by providing funds to sales agents, based upon their performance on the
market, for further reinvestment in new non-national European films.

The scheme also aims to encourage the development of links between the production and distribution sectors thus improving the competitive position of non-national European films and the competitiveness of European companies.

The “Sales Agents scheme" works in 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 the reference period.

2. Reinvestment of the potential fund: the potential fund thus generated by each company must be reinvested in:

– minimum guarantees or advances paid for the international sales rights on eligible non-national European films (module 1);
– the promotion, marketing and advertising on the market of eligible non-national European films (module 2).

European Sales Agent

October 3, 2018


Culture Sub-Programme

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants


European Cooperation Projects 

The call for proposals for European Cooperation Projects 2018 will feature 2 calls for proposals:

- The first will be dedicated to small- and large-scale European cooperation projects in the "standard" version used since the start of Creative Europe in 2014.

- The second will be specifically designed for projects related to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.

In particular, the third category of cooperation projects should aim to:

(1)  Reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space;

(2)  Promote cultural heritage as a source of inspiration for contemporary creation and innovation and strengthen the interaction between the cultural heritage sector and other cultural and creative sectors.

Cultural and Creative Operators