Film Festivals

Every year the MEDIA Sub-programme supports more than a hundred European festivals notable for their particularly rich and varied programme of European films, their efforts to engage with the general public and their activities involving professionals in large numbers.  Both Dublin International Film Festival and Cork International Film Festival have been a  recipient of this support.

This scheme supports a number of film festivals throughout Europe that promote European cinema. One of its priorities is to support audience development as a means of stimulating interest in and improving access to European audiovisual works. Applications for festival support must include Audience Development initiatives, in particular initiatives aimed at young audiences.


24 November 2016 for events between 1 May 2017 and 31 October 2017
27 April 2017 for events between 1 November 2017 and 30 April 2018  

Eligible Activites

A minimum of 70% of the eligible programming presented to the public during the festival or a minimum of 100 feature films (or 400 short films) must originate from countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme. Within this "MEDIA Sub-programme countries" programming must comply with the following:

  • 50% of the films must be non-national.
  • At least 15 of such countries must be represented

Click here for details of all supported Festivals

How to Apply

Click here for detailed information on how to apply to Creative Europe MEDIA Schemes. 

Click here for detailed Guidelines and other documents relating to the Festival Scheme.

Please contact Creative Europe Desk Ireland – MEDIA Office or MEDIA Office Galway, if you have any questions regarding your application.