International Co-production Funds

Co-production Funds Supported by Creative Europe

Creative Europe gives funding to five Co-productions 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

AIM: Strengthen TRANS-EUROPEAN and INTERNATIONAL Co-operation Strategies.

Deadlines

The new funding programme, World Cinema Fund Europe, will retain the current successful funding structures of the World Cinema Fund. WCF Europe will operate in the production and distribution funding fields as well, but has opened up the WCF support to companies from European countries participating to the MEDIA sub-programme. That means within this new 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 1,000,000 Euro
  • The funding must be spent on the production of the film in the aforementioned regions

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).

WFC Distribution Funding Scheme

Funding amount

  • Maximum funding: 30,000 Euro (total amount for the release of the film in all the (it must be at least three) countries involved, with a maximum of 15,000 Euro per distribution territory).
  • The funding cannot amount altogether to more than 50% of the film’s release costs in all (at least three) applicants' countries.
  • The funding will be solely granted to cover the costs of releasing the film in all (at least three) co-applicants' countries.

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

AIM: Support and promote the distribution and international circulation of ACM films co-produced with a non-European country.

DEADLINE: March 2019

  • ​Next call for projects opens January 2019 | Application deadline: March 2019 | Results: May/June 2019

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.

Further information and the call for projects can be found here.

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.

Deadlines:

  • IBF Classic – Project Development | December 10, 2018 and June 10, 2019. Read the regulations.
  • IBF Classic – Production & Post-productionDecember 10, 2018 and June 10, 2019. Read the regulations.
  • IBF Europe – International Co-production | April 01, 2019. Read the regulations
  • IBF Europe – Distribution of International Co-productions | The Fund will accept applications continuously from 01 December 2018 until October 1, 2019. Read the regulations.

This category caters to documentary projects in all stages of production that have a director from a country on the IBF Country List and that are realized through international co-productions between at least one European and one non-European producer. The maximum contribution per project is €40,000. The application has to be submitted by the European co-producer and should involve a creative element (i.e. a key crew member or post-production service) from Europe.

By supporting both documentary filmmakers and organisations that promote documentaries, the IDFA Bertha Fund enables documentary practitioners in these developing countries to find their own unique voice. The Fund not only provides financial support to realize this endeavour, but plays a crucial advisory role as well. Since its inception in 1997, the IDFA Bertha Fund has supported more than 500 projects. Because the selection criteria are so rigorous, based as they are on a project’s originality, cinematic quality and market potential, Fund support is generally considered to be a seal of approval.

Each year, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) screens a large part of the year's harvest of completed films supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund. These may be selected in Competition or in the main section Reflecting Images - Panorama. Every year IDFA Bertha Fund works with numerous international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlinale, Thessaloniki, Locarno, Toronto and Pusan, to screen the films that have received IDFA Bertha Fund support.

In 2013, the IDFA Bertha Fund has expanded its support to projects and launched a new initiative: the IBF Project Factory. In addition to a financial contribution, the Fund offers filmmakers support in developing or editing their documentaries or advice on international distribution. All of this is done in order to generate maximum attention for filmmakers from the developing world, to stimulate local film cultures and to turn the creative documentary into a truly global film art. 

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

Aim: Production Support opportunity as part of FeatureLab Project Development training programme. 

TORINO FILM LAB

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. In 2018, a total of 3 TFL Audience Design Fund Awards of € 40.000 each will be granted to companies presenting an eligible fiction feature film project for selection, to be released in 3 territories within 31 December, 2019.

World Production Awards

Every year at the TFL Meeting Event an international Jury assigns World Production Awards to a number of FeatureLab Projects - *in order to be eligible for the Production Awards, all projects need to participate in the FeatureLab programme first. The awards are given to enable the making of the film, without any obligation to spend the money in Italy. The Jury changes every year, and it is formed by 5 members of the film industry. Awarding Criteria: Selection of awarded projects is based on the following project materials: script, budget, financing plan, production schedule, as well as on the public pitching of the project, and the individual meeting of the writer/director and producer with the Jury.

Audience Award

The audience of film professionals attending the TFL Meeting Event votes for their favourite FrameWork projects. The most voted project receives the Audience Award. The selection of the awarded project is based on the Book of Projects presentation, as well as on the public pitching of the project, and the individual meetings of the writer/director and producer with the industry professionals.

Distribution Support

Launched in 2014, the TFL Audience Design Fund completes the 360° support offered by TFL to worldwide audiovisual professionals, adding a further essential step: Audience Engagement and Distribution. The TFL Audience Design Fund is aimed at supporting innovative audience engagement and outreach strategies at the moment of distribution – designed specifically to accompany the release of each selected project in three territories within December 31st, 2017, thus linking the initiative closely with TFL’s established Audience Design programme. 

TorinoFilmLab covers workshop training, accommodation and subsistence costs during the workshops. Participants must pay travel costs that can be included in the Distribution & Audience Design Strategy Budget of each territory presented in the application. More detailed information can be found on their website.

5. HBF+Europe 

AIM: Minority co-production support to European producers. 

Through HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production support, the Hubert Bals Fund aims to encourage European producers to participate as a minority co-producer in high-quality film projects by filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.

Deadlines:

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