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


Support for Development of European Video Games 2018

The objective is to increase the capacity of European video game producers to develop projects with highly innovative content and quality gameplay, which will have the potential to circulate throughout Europe and beyond and to improve the competiveness of the European video games industry in European and international markets by enabling the retention of intellectual property by European developers.

Under this support scheme, applicants may submit a proposal to develop a concept and project (activities to the point that the concept leads to a playable prototype or trial version) of highly innovative and creative narrative storytelling video games designed for commercial exploitation for PCs, consoles, mobile devices, tablets, smart phones and other technologies.

 European video game production companies which have been
legally constituted for at least 12 months prior to the submission date and that can demonstrate
a recent success

March 08, 2018

Promotion of European Works Online

This scheme shall provide support to:
 - Action 1: Actions such as digital promotion, marketing, branding, tagging and development of new offers by existing VOD services offering a majority of European works. The aim of the action is to improve the visibility, discoverability and global audience of European audiovisual works.
 - Action 2: Support to the development of "Online Ready" packages;
 - Action 3: Innovative strategies for distribution and promotion of European audiovisual works, including audience development initiatives focusing on innovative and participatory strategies reaching out to wider audiences with European films.

Entities established in one of the countries
participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme

April 5, 2018

Support for Development of Audiovisual Content - Single Project 2018 - EACEA/22/2017

The MEDIA Sub-programme supports European independent audiovisual production companies with proven experience interested in developing content in the form of a Single Project presenting:

- high creative/artistic value and cultural diversity,

- wide cross-border exploitation potential able to reach audiences at European and international levels,

- greater cooperation between operators from different countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme,

- enhanced audience reach based on strategies for marketing and distribution envisaged as from
the development phase.

Independent European audiovisual production companies
which have been legally constituted for at least 12 months prior to the submission date and that
can demonstrate a recent success.

April 19, 2018

Support for Training 2018

The objective of the Support to Training is to facilitate the acquisition and improvement of skills and competences of audiovisual professionals and the development of networks. Emphasis is put on the use of digital technologies to ensure adaptation to latest market developments, testing new ways of storytelling in all formats and for all platforms, testing new approaches to audience development including reaching young audiences, testing new business models and enhancing the capacity to access finance.

Entities in the audiovisual sector (private companies, non-profit organisations,
associations, charities, foundations, municipalities/Town Councils, etc.), established in one of the countries participating to the MEDIA Sub-programme and owned directly or by majority
participation, by nationals from such countries.

April 26, 2018

Support to literary translation projects 2018

Depending on the duration, needs, nature and objectives of the projects, applicants will have to choose to apply between two categories of support:

• Category 1 - Two-year projects

This category of projects consists in the translation and promotion of a package of 3 to 10 eligible works of fiction from and into eligible languages over 2 years.

The specific grant for a project in category 1 shall not exceed EUR 100.000 representing no more than 50 % of the eligible costs.

• Category 2 - Framework partnership agreements - FPA (3-years)

This category of projects, with a maximum duration of 3 years, consists in the translation and promotion of a package of 3 to 10 eligible works of fiction from and into eligible languages per year; In other words FPA holders will have to translate, publish and promote from 9 to 30 books  over the 3-year duration of the FPA.

The specific annual grants awarded under the FPA to support the projects shall not exceed EUR 100,000  per year (or 300 000 over the 3-year duration of the FPA representing no more than 50 % of the eligible costs.

Publishers and publishing houses with least 2 years of existence established in the EU or in other countries participating in the Creative Europe programme

2nd week of May 2018

Support to Festivals 2018

The MEDIA Sub-programme encourages European audiovisual festivals taking place in countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme which:

- demonstrate strong efficiency in audience development by
implementing activities before, during or after the event including such as: year-long activities and/or decentralisation to other cities and/or any efficient outreach activities towards non-core film festival audience;

- demonstrate a commitment to innovative actions especially in the areas of outreach and audience development using the latest digital technologies and tools such as social media and online activities in order to create a permanent community; amplify innovative approaches beyond expanding their reach;

- organize initiatives for film literacy in close cooperation with schools and other institutions throughout the year;

- place strong emphasis on European films in general and especially films from countries of low audiovisual production capacity;

- place strong emphasis on non-national European programming and geographic diversity of non-national European programming;

- demonstrate interest to initiate and further develop collaboration and partnerships with other European film festivals across borders to increase resource efficiency including sharing of subtitling/dubbing, online viewing platforms etc.

European entities established in one of the
countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme and owned directly or by majority
participation, by nationals from such countries.

April 26, 2018

Support for TV Programming 2018

This call for proposal shall provide support for;

(1) the development of European audiovisual works, in particular films and television works such as fiction, documentaries, children’s and animated films, as well as interactive works such as videogames and multimedia with enhanced cross-border circulation potential;

(2)activities aiming at supporting European audiovisual production companies, in particular independent production companies, with a view to facilitating European and international co-productions of audiovisual works including television works.

European independent audiovisual production companies

May 24,2018 

Support for the transnational distribution of European films 2018

One of the priorities of the MEDIA Sub-programme is the supporting of theatrical distribution through non-national marketing, branding, distribution and exhibition of audiovisual works.

The MEDIA Sub-programme shall provide support for the establishing systems of 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.
The film must have been majority produced by a producer/producers established in countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and made with a significant participation by professionals from those countries. The film must be a recent work of fiction, animation or documentary of more than 60 minutes long and from a different country than the country of distribution.

European cinema/theatrical distribution companies

June 14, 2018

Cinema Networks 2019

The general objectives of the "Cinema Networks" scheme are to create and operate a network of cinemas
with a view to:

- Encouraging cinema owners and operators to screen a significant proportion of non-national European
- Contributing to raise the interest of the audience for non-national films including through the
development of educational and awareness activities for young cinemas-goers.
- Helping those cinemas to adapt their strategy to the changing environment including by promoting
innovative approaches in terms of their offer, interaction with the audience and potential partnerships
with other players of the film industry.
- Encouraging exchange of best practice, knowledge sharing and other forms of collaboration amongst
members of the network.
- Contributing to the policy dialogue on the film industry by disseminating the outcome of the activities of
the network of the network beyond its members.

Cinema networks.

To be eligible, the
cinema network must represent at least 100 cinemas situated in at least 20 countries participating in the
MEDIA Sub-programme.