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European Slate Development


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Wolf Walkers, Cartoon Saloon

European slate development fosters the competitiveness of European independent production companies to increase their economic weight on the market. The aim is also to increase the capacity of audiovisual producers to develop projects with the potential to circulate throughout Europe and beyond, and to facilitate European and international coproduction.

The support will also provide an entry point for emerging talent, giving them the opportunity to direct a short film supported by the strong foundation provided by experienced companies.

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  • provide funds to audiovisual production companies to develop work with high creative value and cultural diversity and wide cross-border exploitation potential. Companies are encouraged 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.
  • increase cooperation including co-development between operators from different countries participating in the MEDIA Strand.
  • strengthen the competitiveness of European audiovisual production companies by consolidating their capacity for investment in the development phase and expanding companies’ activities and their innovation capacity to explore new fields and markets.
  • Special attention will be given to applications presenting adequate strategies to ensure a greener industry, gender balance, inclusion, and diversity.

  • Companies with recent experience in producing internationally distributed works.
  • Works produced by the applicant company or a personal onscreen producer credit of the Chief Executive or one of the shareholders.
  • Companies which have produced at least two previous works since 2015, both of which respect the following conditions:
    • are animation, fiction or creative documentary projects (one-off or series) of a total duration of minimum 24 minutes (except for projects with a user experience in non-linear format (e.g. Virtual Reality), in which case there is no minimum duration).
    • have been actually released in cinemas, 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 and, in case of linear broadcast, by three different broadcasters
    • the releases or broadcasts were all of a commercial nature (screenings during festivals are not accepted as a commercial distribution).

  • supports development of 3 to 5 works 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.
  • applicants have the option to add a short film by emerging talent to their slate.

  • Project budget (maximum grant amount): between €90,000 and €510,000 per project. The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.
  • 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 is prefixed by the granting authority at:
    • Animation one-off: €55,000
    • Animation series: €60,000
    • Creative documentary one-off: €30,000
    • Creative documentary series: €35,00
    • Fiction one-off with production budget below or equal to €5M: €45,000
    • Fiction one-off with a production budget above €5M: €60,000
    • Fiction series with a production budget below or equal to €5M: €55,000
    • Fiction series with a production budget above €5M but below or equal to €20M: €75,000
    • Fiction series with a production budget above €20M: €100,000
    • Short film: €10,000.