International Co-production Funds

Co-production Funds Supported by Creative Europe

Creative Europe gives funding to five co-production funds. Listed below are the five funds that can be accessed, what they fund, deadlines, and links to where to apply for each fund. 

1. World Cinema Fund (WCF) EUROPE PROGRAMME

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The World Cinema Fund is an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival, in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office and with further support by the Goethe-Institut. The special programme WCF Europe was created with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA Programme. Film projects can be submitted by companies from the WCF Europe eligible regions and countries in cooperation with a company from European countries participating to the MEDIA sub-programme, and vice versa. The European partner would become the administrative recipient of the WCF Europe funding. The main criteria remain the same: WCF Europe will support the realisation of films (feature-length fiction films and creative documentaries) from WCF Europe eligible regions and countries. The premises of the selection are the artistic quality and the content of the projects as well as their feasibility.

The WCF Europe eligible regions and countries are the same as for the World Cinema Fund (Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Southeast Asia, as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) plus – only for WCF Europe - Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. The WCF aims to support projects that are structured as international co-productions between the countries of origin and European countries (respectively countries participating to the MEDIA sub-programme) and that are at a very advanced stage at the time of applying, which will preferably be ready to go into production within three months of the jury’s funding decision.

WFC Production Funding Scheme

Funding amount:

  • Maximum funding: 60,000 Euro per project and / or 50% of the total production costs
  • The total production costs of the supported projects should lie between 200,000 Euro and 1,400,000 Euro.
  • The funding must be spent on the production of the film in the aforementioned regions.
  • The total production share from countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme must amount to a minimum of 20 % for documentaries and 25 % for fiction feature and animation films. Under no circumstance can their share exceed 70 %.

To be eligible to receive WCF Europe Distribution support, films must be from the WCF Europe eligible regions and countries, submitted by a joint group of at least three international distributors (with at least one participant in the MEDIA sub-programme and at least one from a WCF Europe eligible region / country). For more detailed information on WCF Schemes including eligibility and submission forms and requirements click herePlease contact Isona Admetlla admetlla@berlinale.de to check eligibility for WCF Europe before submitting a project.

2. ACM DISTRIBUTION

DEADLINE: 21st August 2020. 

ACM Distribution is now open to all co-productions between a MEDIA and a non-MEDIA country respecting the % rules. The MEDIA co-producer's contribution must be included between 25% and 70% for fiction and animation feature films, and between 20% and 70% for documentaries. The grant level cannot outreach 60 000 € per project and 15 000 € per distribution country.

ACM Distribution is a new component of Aide aux Cinémas du Monde (ACM), a fund founded by the the French Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC), which is dedicated to the international distribution of films supported at production stageACM Distribution is open to European companies that offer innovative international distribution and promotional strategies for one or several ACM films in at least three territories, one of which must be European (excluding France), and one from outside of Europe. Projects can be submitted in French or English. The Lobster (pictured above), an offical European co-production which included Irish company Element Pictures amongst its co-producers, was supported by ACM.

  • From December 2017, ACM Distribution will be open to all co-productions between a MEDIA and a non-MEDIA country respecting the % rules: The MEDIA co-producer's contribution must be included between 25% and 70% for fiction and animation feature films, and between 20% and 70% for documentaries.
  • The grant level cannot outreach €60,000 per project and €15,000  per distribution country.

3. IDFA Bertha Fund

AIM: to stimulate and empower the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.

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Applications to the IDFA Bertha Fund can be made in a variety of different funding categories. In all categories, the Fund is looking for films that use strong visual treatments to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience. 

IBF Classic offers development and production support to filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. IBF Europe aims to stimulate the collaboration between independent European producers and producers from the above regions.

4. Torino Film Lab (TFL) World Production and Distribution Funds

Production Support opportunity as part of FeatureLab Project Development training programme. 2020 calls have not yet opened. 

TFL Production Support

During the TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event most projects developed within the different TorinoFilmLab training programmes are presented to an audience of Decision Makers invited from all over the world. The FeatureLab projects are eligible for TorinoFilmLab's support to production: the World Production Awards, and the Audience Award. ​The TFL Audience Design Fund is aimed at supporting innovative audience engagement and outreach strategies that connect with distribution – designed specifically to accompany the release of each selected project and linked to the established TFL audience design activities. 

TFL World Co-Production Fund

The TFL World Co-Production Fund supports co-productions between European producers and international co-producers. The fund is focused on directors developing their 3rd feature film project onward. Open to all cinema forms: fiction, documentary, animation. The applicant must be a producer based in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme (*) interested in establishing connections with international production companies. A co-production grant of € 50.000 will be allocated to the selected production company.

Audience Design Award

The TFL Audience Design Fund completes the comprehensive support offered by TorinoFilmLab to worldwide audiovisual professionals, adding a further essential step: audience engagement and distribution. Open to all cinema forms: fiction, animation, creative documentary. 
The applicant must be a producer or a sales agent established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme applying with an eligible project. 3 distribution grants of € 40.000 each will be allocated to the selected company.

TFL Co-Production Award

With the TFL Co-production Fund, TorinoFilmLab aims at facilitating European and international co-production by supporting projects with clear co-production assets from a financial, content and distribution point of view. The TFL Co-Production Fund is unique, because of the long-term support given to each project: from the participation to the FeatureLab programme to the presentation at the TFL Meeting Event Forum, and later on the follow-up during the production and distribution. It is also because of the geographical range of projects selected, their circulation potential, and its specialisation in emerging filmmakers (1st or 2nd time directors). The Fund aims at increasing the capacity of audiovisual operators to develop European audiovisual works with a potential to circulate in the Union and beyond. 

5. HBF+Europe

The HBF offers several funding schemes: early on for development, or later on for production and post-production. Filmmakers with a project in early development can apply for Script and Project Development Support in two sub-categories: Bright Future for first and second-time filmmakers, and Voices for filmmakers more advanced in their career. With the support of the Creative Europe-MEDIA programme of the European Union, minority co-production support is offered to European producers within the framework of HBF+Europe. Dutch producers can apply for co-production funding through the NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme, a collaboration with the Netherlands Film FundThe Dutch Post-production Awards are a collaboration with the Netherlands Film Fund, the Netherlands Post production Alliance, and offer post-production prizes to be spent in the Netherlands. An overview of the latest selections can be found on the HBF Archive page

Although the fund looks closely at the financial aspects of a project, the decisive factors to grant support are the content and artistic value. Since the founding of the fund, more than 1,100 projects of independent filmmakers have received support.

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Please contact our Dublin or Galway offices if you have any questions regarding Co-production funds.