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How Do European Film Funds Award Money?

The European Audiovisual Observatory has published a new report entitled "Mapping of film and audiovisual public funding criteria in the EU". The report is based on 800 schemes of public national/federal and regional audiovisual funds in order to provide the big picture of the film funding landscape in Europe.


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The recently published report is available free-of-charge and was commissioned by the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe. The analysis covers funding for pre-production (script development, project development), production, distribution and promotion for cinema films, TV films and series as well as other audiovisual content.

The report includes a detailed look at the funding body population, the income and spend, as well as useful background information on European law related to film funding. It further explains the main guidelines of the Cinema Communication as the main legal text relating to film funds. The data for this report was gathered on a national level using questionnaires and fact sheets by independent national experts, whereas the EFADs network (European Film Directors’ Network) played an invaluable role in fact checking the report.

Key take aways include:

  1. The most frequently awarded maximum funding amount in Europe is 300 000€
  2. Europe’s film funds require on average a national minimum funding spend of 109% of the money awarded
  3. Only 17% of the funds tracked have mandatory criteria related to nationality of talent, cast and crew
  4. only 20.1% of the tracked funding schemes actually require a minimum contribution by the applicant (usually a one-digit share of the overall costs)
  5. as yet, no gender quotas have been identified in any of the funds tracked
  6. most funds require that funded theatrical films are intended for or have proof of expected theatrical release in the country and that TV productions have the commitment of a broadcaster.

More information about the report “Mapping of film and audiovisual public funding criteria in the EU” is available on the website of the European Audiovisual Observatory.

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