The MEDIA Sub-Programme of Creative Europe supports the distribution and broadcasting of audiovisual works (fiction, documentary, animation, interactive programmes) and of European films on-line, in movie theatres and on television.
The MEDIA Sub-Programme provides financial support to European Cinema distributors for the distribution of non-national European films under two support mechanisms:
- The Selective Scheme
- The Automatic Scheme
Cinema Distribution - Automatic Scheme
The aim of the ‘automatic’ support scheme is to encourage and support the wider transnational distribution of recent European films by providing funds to Distributors, based upon their performance on the market, for further investment 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.
29th April 2016 (Generation Stage)
2nd August 2016 for projects supported in 2015
1st August 2017 for projects supported in 2016
The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at €22.45m. The financial contribution of the EU cannot exceed 60% of the total eligible costs of the action.
Applicants must be European theatrical distribution companies, registered in one of the Member States of the European Union or of the countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-Programme of Creative Europe. The support is awarded in two stages.
- Generation stage - the generation of a potential fund proportional to the number of paying admission tickets sold for non-national European films during the relevant reference period up to a fixed ceiling per film and adjusted per country.
- Reinvestment stage - The potential fund thus generated must be reinvested in non-national European films: in co-production or distribution (minimum distribution guarantees, publishing, promotion and publicity costs)
All films eligible for reinvestment must:
- Be a recent work of fiction, animation or documentary (min. duration 60 minutes)
- Have first copyright established no earlier than 2011
- Not consist of alternative content (operas, concerts, performances), advertising, pornographic or racist material or advocate violence
- Have been majority produced by a producer/producers established in countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and be made with a significant participation by professionals from those countries.