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Song of the Sea, Cartoon Saloon
Song of the Sea, Cartoon Saloon

European Co-development supports the co-development of one animation, creative documentary or fiction project for cinema, TV or digital platforms.

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  • 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.
  • 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.

Application by a project leader and at least one partner with companies legally established in at least 2 different MEDIA countries.

  • The project leaders (coordinator) must be able to demonstrate recent experience in producing internationally distributed works.

Project leader and partner(s):

  • Must be independent European audiovisual production companies.
  • May not be affiliated entities.
  • Must have a signed co-development agreement.
  • One of the partners must own the majority of rights – 50/50 split accepted.

Project leader - Track Record

The coordinator or project leader must prove it has produced one previous work since 2017 that respects the following conditions:

  • An animation, fiction or creative documentary project (one-off or series) of a total duration of minimum 24 minutes, unless it is an immersive animation, fiction or creative documentary project (e.g. Virtual Reality), in which case there is no minimum duration.
  • One work must have 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.
  • Releases or broadcasts most be 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 credited as 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.
    • No other credits, even if seemingly equivalent, are accepted.

Only the co-development activities for the following works are eligible:

  • Feature films, animations and creative documentaries of a minimum length of 60 minutes intended primarily for cinematic release.
  • Fiction projects (one-off or series) of a total duration of minimum 90 minutes, animation (one-off or series) of a total duration of minimum 24 minutes and creative documentaries (one-off or series) of a total duration of minimum 50 minutes intended primarily for the purposes of television or digital platform exploitation;
  • Interactive, non-linear fiction, animation or creative documentary projects (e.g. narrative virtual reality projects) of any duration.
  • Works which are designed to be a series with a joint distribution and marketing strategy have to be submitted as a series.
  • Projects should not normally exceed 30 months.

  • Project budget (maximum grant amount): the maximum EU grant depends on the number of eligible beneficiaries (i.e. coordinator and partners, 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 €120,000.
  • For each additional eligible beneficiary, the maximum EU grant increases with €60,000.
  • However, for the co-development of TV series with an intended production budget of €20m and above, the maximum EU grant for a consortium of two eligible beneficiaries is €200 000, whilst it increases with €100,000 per additional eligible beneficiary.
  • The grant will be a lump sum grant. This means that it will reimburse a fixed amount, based on a lump sum or financing not linked to costs. The amount will be fixed by the granting authority on the basis of the estimated project budget and a funding rate of 70%.