Media and the Arts
 

Please note that programme details for the 2021-2027 framework are forthcoming and the information below relates to programmes from the 2014-2020 framework; however, there may currently be open funding calls for this programme.

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Creative Europe is the European Commission's framework programme for support to the culture and audio-visual sectors. 

 

It funds: 

  • Culture sector initiatives, such as those promoting cross-border cooperation, platforms, networking, and literary translation. 

  • Audio-visual sector initiatives, such as those promoting the development, distribution, or access to audio-visual works. 

  • Cross sectoral opportunities  

  • Youth and the arts. 

 

Creative Europe’s stated aims are to: 

 

  • Help the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation; 

  • Enable the sectors to reach their economic potential, contributing to sustainable growth, jobs, and social cohesion; 

  • Give Europe's culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences. 

 

Want to find out more? 
 

You can read more on the Irish Creative Europe website and contact the national Creative Europe Desk

Current Funding

EAC: Pilot project - Jewish Digital Cultural Recovery Project - Phase II


Pilot projects (PP) and Preparatory Actions (PA) introduce new initiatives that might turn into standing EU funding programmes.

This action is intended to complement and build on a first phase of work under the pilot project EAC/S13/2019, to develop a comprehensive object-level database of relevant archival material of Jewish-owned cultural assets plundered by the Nazis

Deadline: 31 August 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

A Pilot Project is an initiative of an experimental nature designed to test the feasibility of an action and its usefulness and lasts not more than two years. A Preparatory Action - normally the successor of a successful pilot project on the same matter - is designed to prepare new actions like EU policies, legislation, programmes etc. with funding for not more than three years.

This action is intended to complement and build on a first phase of work under the pilot project EAC/S13/2019.

1. BACKGROUND

Protecting cultural heritage against diverse risks, including of looting and illicit trafficking, is among the priorities of the new European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage1 and part of the legacy of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

In December 2020, Commissioner Schinas reiterated that Jewish life is and always will be part of European societies and our way of life, and announced that the European Commission would present a comprehensive EU strategy on combating antisemitism in 2021, to complement and support Member States’ efforts2. The Commission is committed to tackling antisemitism across its policies, through a range of activities including remembrance and education.

In the context of remembrance, education and cultural policy, provenance research is very important in protecting and promoting cultural heritage, and fighting against illegal trafficking of artworks and other cultural objects looted in armed conflicts and wars. Provenance research is the process of documenting the chronology of the ownership, location, and chain of custody of an object from its creation to today. In order to facilitate thorough provenance research, the exchange of expertise, knowledge and research results/ data is required.

Digitisation tools are important means of achieving these goals. Databases, which collect and provide an overview of existing data on cultural objects, are very useful in supporting and facilitating provenance research, including across borders.

A Phase I pilot project launched in January 2020 (EAC/S13/2019), is currently being implemented by the Jewish Digital Cultural Recovery Project Foundation through a Grant Agreement (concluded directly at the European Parliament’s request) between the European Commission and the Commission for Art Recovery and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany (Claims Conference). The aim of the Phase 1 project is to create a model for a comprehensive object-level database of art and other cultural objects looted by the National Socialists and their allies, looking in particular at the fate of the Adolphe Schloss Collection. 2

The 2020 Annual Work Programme for the implementation of Pilot Projects and Preparatory Actions in the area of education, youth, sport and culture proposes the launch of a call for proposals for a “Pilot Project - Jewish Digital Cultural Recovery Project II” funded under Budget Line 15 04 77 20, with EUR 490 000 allocated to the development of an action addressing this specific objective.

The Phase II pilot project is the subject of this (open) Call for Proposals. The grant agreement resulting from this call for proposals will be assigned to one single project.

2. OBJECTIVES AND EXPECTED RESULTS

2.1. OBJECTIVES

This action is intended to complement and build on a first phase of work under the pilot project EAC/S13/2019, to develop a comprehensive object-level database of relevant archival material of Jewish-owned cultural assets plundered by the Nazis. This project is currently being managed by the Commission for Art Recovery (CAR) and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany (Claims Conference), through the recently founded Jewish Digital Cultural Recovery Project Foundation. For details of the Phase I pilot project see its website: http://jdcrp.org/the-pilot-project/, and the project description in the Commission’s 2019 Annual Work Programme4.

The general objectives of this second phase project, as published in the Commission’s 2020 Annual Work Programme, are to:

A. widen the thematic scope;

B. extend the database to additional collections;

C. use more advanced applied technology like image recognition; as well as

D. foster partnership networks.

The specific objectives are as follows

  1. to deepen the methodological framework developed in the first phase of the project, to map, explore and digitise relevant archival material, retrieve information from documents, and create connections between related objects:
  2. to test the approach by digitising objects from at least two other collections, building on experience with the Schloss collection;
  3. to publicise good practice and case studies for tracking looted pieces of cultural heritage, including in the form of a brochure and an exhibition;
  4. to foster partnerships and networks of relevant actors in EU Member States, including archives, museums, governmental and cultural heritage organisations
  5. to make the data accessible to broader audiences via a dedicated web portal
  6. to deepen educational and awareness raising activities in relation to historical memory of Jewish art looted during World War II.

2.2. EXPECTED RESULTS

The pilot project is expected to deliver the following results:

(a) Extension of a publicly accessible object-level database of Jewish-owned cultural assets plundered during the Nazi era, from the time of their spoliation to the present

(b) Continue developing a well-designed and publicly accessible web portal hosting this database that permits – through the use of various archival sources – further research and documentation of the looted cultural objects plundered. This implies use of high quality visualisation and display technology.

(c) Design and disseminate educational material in relation to looted heritage and provenance research, as well as communication material with examples of good practice, relevant to a range of audiences including victims, museums, and the art market.

(d) A proposal for the extension and maintenance of the database.

3. OUTPUTS

1. Object-level database

A database presenting the history of ownership of at least 100 cultural objects from at least two Jewish-owned collection(s) plundered by the Nazis, together with art historical research on each. The database should be designed to store, organize, tag, query and link data. It should employ open source technology wherever possible, and facilitate interoperability and information sharing with partner organizations. This database should link to, or incorporate, the material in the database of the Schloss collection developed in Phase 1.

2. Project website

A well-designed publicly accessible website hosted by the beneficiary, which should briefly present the project, and feature images of some of the cultural objects in the database and of the documents used to research their provenance. Other project outputs such as educational and communication materials should be made available via the site, which should also feature links to partner organizations.

3. Educational and communication materials

3.1. At least one learning scenario on looted heritage and provenance research suitable for learners of art, history, or art history, shared via the project website and the via Europeana website for educational materials.5 Links with Euroclio6 could also be explored.

3.2 exhibition materials – online, suitable for viewing and downloading on the project website and on the Europeana exhibitions site7, and physical, for hosting small temporary exhibitions designed to complement / correspond with online materials.

3.3 exhibition events – at least two temporary exhibitions, with one-day hosted events, including one in Brussels.

3.4 a comprehensive brochure presenting the project in detail to a range of audiences including victims, museums, the art market and policy-makers in the fields of culture, education and anti-Semitism. This should be produced towards the end of the project, describing its work on looted heritage and provenance research and including examples of good practice.

3.5 presentation material with attractive, clearly presented information suitable for describing the project to a range of audiences.

3.6 press material to coincide with exhibition events and publications of outputs

3.7 social media content publicising the project outputs.

4. Extension and maintenance of the database

Detailed proposals on how to incorporate project results from Phase 1, and on the ongoing extension and maintenance of the database and project website. These proposals should also consider if/how to involve other EU-wide platforms such as Europeana8 and NETcher9, and aim to ensure the sustainability of the database without reliance on further EU funding when this grant agreement ends.

Development of a network of archives, libraries, galleries, museums, governmental and cultural heritage organisations, active in the field of provenance research, with a special focus on looted Jewish heritage.

All outputs should indicate prominently that the project is co-funded by the European Union. Written outputs should be provided in EN, with key public-facing written outputs also summarised in EN and at least two other EU languages (i.e. official languages of the European Union).

4. TIMETABLE

The scheduled start date for the action is planned to be upon signature of the grant agreement, early 2022 at the latest.

The indicative duration of the project is 24 months.

5. BUDGET AVAILABLE

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects under this call for proposals is estimated at 490,000 EUR.

The intention of this call is to fund one single project.

The financial contribution from the Commission cannot exceed 80% of the total eligible costs.

The amounts mentioned in the present document are subject to the release of the necessary appropriations by the budgetary authority.

The European Commission reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Eligible applicants

In order to be eligible, projects must be presented by applicants meeting the following criteria:

  • be a public10 or private organisation with legal personality (natural persons are not eligible to apply for a grant under this call);
  • be a single entity or a consortium with special expertise on provenance research of Jewish looted art;
  • have their registered legal office in an EU Member State.

Consortium requirements

The above-mentioned criteria apply to each one of the entities forming the consortium.

In order to be eligible, a consortium must consist of at least two members. At least one of its members must have specific expertise in provenance research of Jewish looted art.

The several entities of a consortium shall take the form of a partnership of co-beneficiaries, and designate a leading partner who is the co-ordinator. The co-ordinator will act as an intermediary for all communications between the Commission and the co-beneficiaries. However, beneficiaries are jointly responsible for implementing the action resulting from the grant awarded. To implement the action properly, they must make appropriate internal arrangements, consistent with the terms of the Grant Agreement.

For British applicants:

Please be aware that following the entry into force of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement11 on 1 February 2020 and in particular Articles 127(6), 137 and 138, the references to natural or legal persons residing or established in a Member State of the European Union are to be understood as including natural or legal persons residing or established in the United Kingdom. UK residents and entities are therefore eligible to participate under this call.

Supporting documents

In order to assess the applicants' eligibility, the applicants must provide, together with their grant application, a print screen of their PIC number (see section 6).

Furthermore, at any moment during the procedure the Central Validation Service may contact the participant and ask for supporting documents on legal existence and status and the financial capacity. The requests will be made through the Participant Register's messaging system to the e-mail address of the participant's contact person indicated in the register. All necessary details and instructions will be provided via this separate notification. It is the responsibility of the participant to provide a valid e-mail address and to check it regularly.

The documents that may be requested by the Central Validation Service are listed in the EU Grants and Tenders Rules on Legal Entity Validation, LEAR appointment and Financial Capacity assessment.

Please note that a request for supporting documents by the Central Validation Service in no way implies that the applicant has been successful.

The applicants (including each member of consortium, if applicable) may be requested to provide the following supporting documents, if those have not been provided with the Legal Entity Form:

  • private entity: extract from the official journal, copy of articles of association, extract of trade or association register, certificate of liability to VAT (if, as in certain countries, the trade register number and VAT number are identical, only one of these documents is required);
  • public entity: copy of the resolution, decision or other official document establishing the public-law entity.

Eligible activities

Activities eligible under this call for proposals include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • research activities;
  • database and website development activities;
  • activities aiming at the creation and improvement of networks;
  • online collaboration activities;
  • exhibition curation, creation and presentation activities;
  • education, presentation and training activities;
  • drafting and translation activities;
  • awareness-raising and dissemination activities.
Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here .




Creative Europe: Creative Innovation Lab


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to incentivise players from different cultural and creative sectors to design and test innovative digital solutions with a potential positive long-term impact on multiple cultural and creative sectors. Deadline: 5 October 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

The Creative Innovation Lab shall incentivise players from different cultural and

creative sectors to design and test innovative digital solutions with a potential positive

long-term impact on multiple cultural and creative sectors. The Lab shall facilitate the

creation of innovative solutions (e.g. tools, models and methodologies) that can apply

to the audiovisual sector and at least another creative and/or cultural sector.

Solutions should be easily replicable and have a potential for market penetration. For

the purposes of clarity, the project does not necessarily have to be applicable

immediately to the audiovisual sector but one that could easily be replicated in this

sector.

For the purposes of this year’s call, apart from the overall general objectives, a

thematic approach is also being adopted to ensure that projects that target the policy

objectives of Creative Europe are rewarded. For the first year of the Creative

Innovation Lab, the two themes that will be specifically covered are greening across

the creative and cultural sectors as well as innovative education tools using creativity

and creative sectors to tackle relevant societal topics such as disinformation.

Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

Design, development and testing of innovative tools, models and solutions applicable

in the audiovisual and other cultural and creative sectors. Activities shall aims at

supporting the competitiveness, cooperation, circulation, visibility, availability,

diversity and increasing audience across sectors. Such activities shall contain a high

potential of replicability in audiovisual and other cultural and creative sectors. The

projects can focus in particular on:

  • Rights’ management and monetisation, including transparency and fair remuneration;
  • Data collection and analysis, with particular emphasis on prediction for content creation and audience development;
  • Greening of the value chain across the creative and cultural sectors, including actions that contribute to the European Bauhaus project;
  • Innovative educational tools and content using creativity and creative sectors to tackle societal issues such as misinformation, fake news etc.

Expected Impact

  • Improve the competitiveness of the European audiovisual and other cultural and creative sectors through cross sector collaboration;
  • Increase knowledge transfer between different sectors of creative industries;
  • Increase the visibility, availability and diversity of European content in the digital age;
  • Improve business models and use of data;
  • Increase the potential audience of European content in the digital age.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): No limit. The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.

The grant will be a budget-based (actual costs, with unit cost and flat-rate elements). This means that it will reimburse ONLY certain types of costs (eligible costs) and costs that were actually incurred for your project (NOT the budgeted costs). For unit costs and flat-rates, you can charge the amounts calculated as explained in the Grant Agreement (see art 6 and Annex 2 and 2a).

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (60%).

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
  • be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will be taken into account to determine its nationality.

Consortium Composition

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions:

  • 3 legal entities from at least 2 different countries participating in the Creative Europe Programme,
  • the consortium must present a diverse range of expertise across several cultural and creative sectors, including audiovisual.

Project Duration

Projects should normally not exceed 24 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment). Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here. For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: European Co-Development


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to support cooperation among European production companies that are developing works with a strong international audience potential. Deadline: 17 November 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

The MEDIA Strand shall provide support for the following measures:

  • Development of audiovisual works by European independent production companies, covering a variety of formats (such as feature films, short films, series, documentaries, narrative video games) and genres, and targeting diverse audiences, including children and young people.

The objective of the support to European co-development is to support the cooperation among European production companies that are developing works with a strong international audience potential.

Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

The European co-development 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.

Special attention will be given to applications presenting adequate strategies to ensure a more sustainable and more environmentally-respectful industry and to ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness.

Only the co-development activities for the following projects 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.

The first day of principal photography (or equivalent) has to be scheduled at least 10 months after the day of the deadline for submission of applications.

Expected Impact

  • 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.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): The maximum EU grant per project leader (the coordinator) and eligible partner is EUR 60 000, except for the co-development of TV series with an intended production budget of EUR 20M and above, in which case the maximum EU grant per project leader and eligible partner is EUR 100 000. 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 will be fixed by the granting authority on the basis of the estimated project budget and a funding rate of 50%.

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
  • be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will be taken into account to determine its nationality.
  • be independent European audiovisual production companies
  • the project leader (the coordinator) must be able to demonstrate recent experience in producing internationally distributed works
  • Creative Europe MEDIA publishes annual Calls for European co-development, European slate development and European mini-slate development. Applicants can make only one application either as applicant for European slate development or European mini-slate development, or as project leader (coordinator) for European co-development. However, they can in addition be a partner in a European co-development application.

Consortium Composition

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least two applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions:

  • minimum two entities, having their legal seat in at least two different eligible countries.
  • the project leader (the coordinator) and the partner(s) cannot be affiliated entities.

Project Duration

Projects should not normally exceed 30 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment). Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here. For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: European Cooperation Projects – Large Scale


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to improve access to European culture and creative works and to promote innovation and creativity. Deadline: 7 September 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

European Cooperation Projects are transnational projects involving cultural and creative organisations from different countries taking part in the programme. They give cultural organisations of all sizes the possibility to co-produce, cooperate, experiment, innovate, be mobile and learn from each other. The action aims to improve access to European culture and creative works and to promote innovation and creativity. Projects can cover one or more cultural and creative sectors and can be interdisciplinary.

Funding is available for three categories of projects (called topics). This action falls under category 3: Large-scale projects: minimum 10 entities from 10 different eligible countries

Eligibility and Programme Detail

Objectives

Support will be given to cooperation projects contributing to one of the following objectives:

  • Objective 1 - Transnational creation and circulation: to strengthen the transnational creation and circulation of European works and artists;
  • Objective 2 – Innovation: to enhance the capacity of European cultural and creative sectors to nurture talents, to innovate, to prosper and to generate jobs and growth.

Concretely the targeted projects are the following:

1. Transnational creation and circulation: where trans-national co-operation is required for artistic and financial reasons. This is in order to increase the European dimension of the artistic and creative process. Co-production is also a tool to stimulate creativity, share resources and facilitate the trans-national distribution of content and the circulation of artists. Projects will have to take into account the new context such as health or environmental concerns and integrate innovative (digital) ways of producing and disseminating content.

2. Innovation: is necessary for the evolution of the sector and its competiveness. Innovation has to be understood in a broad way. Innovations are not necessarily of a technological nature and can include the development and experimentation of new practices or new models but also the transfer and dissemination of good practices from more advanced European regions or sectors to other regions in Europe or disciplines.

Themes and Priorities

In addition, projects must address at least one (and no more than two) of the following priorities:

1. Audience: to increase cultural access to and participation in culture as well as audience engagement and development both physically and digitally;

2. Social inclusion: to promote societal resilience and to enhance social inclusion in/through culture in particular of/for people with disabilities, people belonging to minorities and people belonging to socially marginalised groups, as well as intercultural dialogue;

3. Sustainability: to contribute to the European Green Deal and including the New European Bauhaus, by encouraging the European cultural and creative sectors to co-create, adopt and disseminate more environment-friendly practices, as well as to raise awareness on sustainable development through their cultural activities;

4. New technology: to help the European cultural and creative sectors fully take advantage of new technologies to enhance their competitiveness, as well as to accelerate their digital transition as a response to the COVID-19 crisis;

5. International dimension: to build the capacity within the European cultural and creative sectors, including grass-roots organisations and micro-organisations, to be active at the international level – in Europe and beyond;

*Note: Projects from the sectors book and publishing, music, architecture and cultural heritage can either address one of the priorities spelled out above (priorities 1 to 5) or address the following sector specific priorities (10% of the budget of the call will be allocated to projects implementing sector-specific priority). Projects from other sectors can only address the priorities indicated above (priorities 1 to 5).

6. Sector specific priorities: For 2021, the following targeted annual sector specific priorities have been defined for the sectors music, publishing, cultural heritage and architecture, as identified by political dialogues and stakeholders’ consultations, to support capacity building activities, such as training, networking or market access activities, and support to become more resilience.

  • For the book (publishing) sector: Reinforce the capacity of book sector professionals in the sales of translation or adaptation rights with a view to increase the circulation of European literary works, and in particular works written in lesser-used languages, in Europe and beyond.
  • For the music sector: Building on the 2018-2020 Music Moves Europe preparatory action on music, and considering the specific circumstances of the pandemic and its impact, reinforce the capacity of music professionals in:

1. Music creation, promotion, distribution and monetisation, helping the sector to address in particular new digital, legal and technical trends stemming from innovations in the market and new business models; or

2. Cross-border circulation of European music and music export beyond EU borders.

  • For the architecture sector: Reinforce the capacity of European architects in:

1. Communication, co-creation and mediation with citizens and relevant stakeholders in design, planning and building processes; or

2. The integration of European Green Deal and in particular New European Bauhaus principles in their practices; or

3. The internationalization of careers in Europe and beyond.

  • For the cultural heritage sector: Reinforce the capacity of cultural heritage professionals in:

1. Engagement and mediation with citizens in the interpretation, communication and presentation of cultural heritage to develop relationships with audiences and stakeholders, taking into account evolving technological and digital methods of content creation and presentation of archived output, and drawing lessons learnt during the lockdown;

2. Digitisation of cultural heritage material, sites and historical buildings including the use of 3D and AI technologies;

3. Risk management for cultural heritage – with a focus on prevention and risk preparedness in relation to natural and non-natural hazards including climate change adaptation and mitigation in accordance with the principles of the European Green Deal.

*Note: Cross-cutting issues Proposals must take into consideration the cross-cutting issues of inclusion, diversity, gender equality, and environment and fight against climate change in the design and the implementation of their project (please refer to part 1 of the call document). A strategy on how cross-cutting issues are addressed in the project should be outlined in the application form. The extent to which the issues are addressed in the project will be assessed under the award criterion ‘’Relevance”. See Section 9 of the call document.

Eligible Activities

Proposals should include activities in line with the objectives and priorities of the call.

The proposed activities should be grouped (in the application form) in coherent Work packages (i.e. major sub-division of the project) which should be linked to pre-defined deliverables. All deliverables should illustrate the scope, reach, progress and success of the proposed activities. Depending on the focus of the project (to co-produce, cooperate, experiment, innovate, etc.), activities eligible for funding may be very diverse. Examples of work packages, activities and deliverables can be found in part 10 of the call document.

Expected Impact

This action will support approximately 130 projects.

This action is expected to foster cooperation between organisations active in the culture field, to increase the European dimension of creation and circulation of European artistic content as well as to encourage the development, experimentation, dissemination or application of new and innovative practices.

Budget

Maximum EU grant amount: EUR 2 000 000 per project.

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:

  • For large-scale projects (topic: CREA-CULT-2021-COOP-2): funding rate of maximum 60%.

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature

Consortium Composition

Minimum 10 entities from 10 different eligible countries

The coordinator must have had a legal existence for at least 2 years on the date of the deadline for submission.

Project Duration

Projects should not normally exceed 48 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment). Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here . For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: European Cooperation Projects – Medium Scale


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to improve access to European culture and creative works and to promote innovation and creativity. Deadline: 7 September 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

European Cooperation Projects are transnational projects involving cultural and creative organisations from different countries taking part in the programme. They give cultural organisations of all sizes the possibility to co-produce, cooperate, experiment, innovate, be mobile and learn from each other. The action aims to improve access to European culture and creative works and to promote innovation and creativity. Projects can cover one or more cultural and creative sectors and can be interdisciplinary.

Funding is available for three categories of projects (called topics). This action falls under category 2: Medium-scale projects: minimum 5 entities from 5 different eligible countries.

Eligibility and Programme Detail

Objectives

Support will be given to cooperation projects contributing to one of the following objectives:

  • Objective 1 - Transnational creation and circulation: to strengthen the transnational creation and circulation of European works and artists;
  • Objective 2 – Innovation: to enhance the capacity of European cultural and creative sectors to nurture talents, to innovate, to prosper and to generate jobs and growth.

Concretely the targeted projects are the following:

1. Transnational creation and circulation: where trans-national co-operation is required for artistic and financial reasons. This is in order to increase the European dimension of the artistic and creative process. Co-production is also a tool to stimulate creativity, share resources and facilitate the trans-national distribution of content and the circulation of artists. Projects will have to take into account the new context such as health or environmental concerns and integrate innovative (digital) ways of producing and disseminating content.

2. Innovation: is necessary for the evolution of the sector and its competiveness. Innovation has to be understood in a broad way. Innovations are not necessarily of a technological nature and can include the development and experimentation of new practices or new models but also the transfer and dissemination of good practices from more advanced European regions or sectors to other regions in Europe or disciplines.

Themes and Priorities

In addition, projects must address at least one (and no more than two) of the following priorities:

1. Audience: to increase cultural access to and participation in culture as well as audience engagement and development both physically and digitally;

2. Social inclusion: to promote societal resilience and to enhance social inclusion in/through culture in particular of/for people with disabilities, people belonging to minorities and people belonging to socially marginalised groups, as well as intercultural dialogue;

3. Sustainability: to contribute to the European Green Deal and including the New European Bauhaus, by encouraging the European cultural and creative sectors to co-create, adopt and disseminate more environment-friendly practices, as well as to raise awareness on sustainable development through their cultural activities;

4. New technology: to help the European cultural and creative sectors fully take advantage of new technologies to enhance their competitiveness, as well as to accelerate their digital transition as a response to the COVID-19 crisis;

5. International dimension: to build the capacity within the European cultural and creative sectors, including grass-roots organisations and micro-organisations, to be active at the international level – in Europe and beyond;

*Note: Projects from the sectors book and publishing, music, architecture and cultural heritage can either address one of the priorities spelled out above (priorities 1 to 5) or address the following sector specific priorities (10% of the budget of the call will be allocated to projects implementing sector-specific priority). Projects from other sectors can only address the priorities indicated above (priorities 1 to 5).

6. Sector specific priorities: For 2021, the following targeted annual sector specific priorities have been defined for the sectors music, publishing, cultural heritage and architecture, as identified by political dialogues and stakeholders’ consultations, to support capacity building activities, such as training, networking or market access activities, and support to become more resilience.

  • For the book (publishing) sector: Reinforce the capacity of book sector professionals in the sales of translation or adaptation rights with a view to increase the circulation of European literary works, and in particular works written in lesser-used languages, in Europe and beyond.
  • For the music sector: Building on the 2018-2020 Music Moves Europe preparatory action on music, and considering the specific circumstances of the pandemic and its impact, reinforce the capacity of music professionals in:

1. Music creation, promotion, distribution and monetisation, helping the sector to address in particular new digital, legal and technical trends stemming from innovations in the market and new business models; or

2. Cross-border circulation of European music and music export beyond EU borders.

  • For the architecture sector: Reinforce the capacity of European architects in:

1. Communication, co-creation and mediation with citizens and relevant stakeholders in design, planning and building processes; or

2. The integration of European Green Deal and in particular New European Bauhaus principles in their practices; or

3. The internationalization of careers in Europe and beyond.

  • For the cultural heritage sector: Reinforce the capacity of cultural heritage professionals in:

1. Engagement and mediation with citizens in the interpretation, communication and presentation of cultural heritage to develop relationships with audiences and stakeholders, taking into account evolving technological and digital methods of content creation and presentation of archived output, and drawing lessons learnt during the lockdown;

2. Digitisation of cultural heritage material, sites and historical buildings including the use of 3D and AI technologies;

3. Risk management for cultural heritage – with a focus on prevention and risk preparedness in relation to natural and non-natural hazards including climate change adaptation and mitigation in accordance with the principles of the European Green Deal.

*Note: Cross-cutting issues Proposals must take into consideration the cross-cutting issues of inclusion, diversity, gender equality, and environment and fight against climate change in the design and the implementation of their project (please refer to part 1 of the call document). A strategy on how cross-cutting issues are addressed in the project should be outlined in the application form. The extent to which the issues are addressed in the project will be assessed under the award criterion ‘’Relevance”. See Section 9 of the call document.

Eligible Activities

Proposals should include activities in line with the objectives and priorities of the call.

The proposed activities should be grouped (in the application form) in coherent Work packages (i.e. major sub-division of the project) which should be linked to pre-defined deliverables. All deliverables should illustrate the scope, reach, progress and success of the proposed activities. Depending on the focus of the project (to co-produce, cooperate, experiment, innovate, etc.), activities eligible for funding may be very diverse. Examples of work packages, activities and deliverables can be found in part 10 of the call document.

Expected Impact

This action will support approximately 130 projects.

This action is expected to foster cooperation between organisations active in the culture field, to increase the European dimension of creation and circulation of European artistic content as well as to encourage the development, experimentation, dissemination or application of new and innovative practices.

Budget

Maximum EU grant amount: EUR 1 000 000 per project.

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:

For medium-scale projects (topic: CREA-CULT-2021-COOP-2): funding rate of maximum 70%.

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature

Consortium Composition

Minimum 5 entities from 5 different eligible countries

The coordinator must have had a legal existence for at least 2 years on the date of the deadline for submission.

Project Duration

Projects should not normally exceed 48 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment). Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here . For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: European Cooperation Projects – Small Scale


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to improve access to European culture and creative works and to promote innovation and creativity. Deadline: 7 September 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

European Cooperation Projects are transnational projects involving cultural and creative organisations from different countries taking part in the programme. They give cultural organisations of all sizes the possibility to co-produce, cooperate, experiment, innovate, be mobile and learn from each other. The action aims to improve access to European culture and creative works and to promote innovation and creativity. Projects can cover one or more cultural and creative sectors and can be interdisciplinary.

Funding is available for three categories of projects (called topics). This action falls under category 1: Small-scale projects: minimum 3 entities from 3 different eligible countries.

Eligibility and Programme Detail

Objectives

Support will be given to cooperation projects contributing to one of the following objectives:

  • Objective 1 - Transnational creation and circulation: to strengthen the transnational creation and circulation of European works and artists;
  • Objective 2 – Innovation: to enhance the capacity of European cultural and creative sectors to nurture talents, to innovate, to prosper and to generate jobs and growth.

Concretely the targeted projects are the following:

1. Transnational creation and circulation: where trans-national co-operation is required for artistic and financial reasons. This is in order to increase the European dimension of the artistic and creative process. Co-production is also a tool to stimulate creativity, share resources and facilitate the trans-national distribution of content and the circulation of artists. Projects will have to take into account the new context such as health or environmental concerns and integrate innovative (digital) ways of producing and disseminating content.

2. Innovation: is necessary for the evolution of the sector and its competiveness. Innovation has to be understood in a broad way. Innovations are not necessarily of a technological nature and can include the development and experimentation of new practices or new models but also the transfer and dissemination of good practices from more advanced European regions or sectors to other regions in Europe or disciplines.

Themes and Priorities

In addition, projects must address at least one (and no more than two) of the following priorities:

1. Audience: to increase cultural access to and participation in culture as well as audience engagement and development both physically and digitally;

2. Social inclusion: to promote societal resilience and to enhance social inclusion in/through culture in particular of/for people with disabilities, people belonging to minorities and people belonging to socially marginalised groups, as well as intercultural dialogue;

3. Sustainability: to contribute to the European Green Deal and including the New European Bauhaus, by encouraging the European cultural and creative sectors to co-create, adopt and disseminate more environment-friendly practices, as well as to raise awareness on sustainable development through their cultural activities;

4. New technology: to help the European cultural and creative sectors fully take advantage of new technologies to enhance their competitiveness, as well as to accelerate their digital transition as a response to the COVID-19 crisis;

5. International dimension: to build the capacity within the European cultural and creative sectors, including grass-roots organisations and micro-organisations, to be active at the international level – in Europe and beyond;

*Note: Projects from the sectors book and publishing, music, architecture and cultural heritage can either address one of the priorities spelled out above (priorities 1 to 5) or address the following sector specific priorities (10% of the budget of the call will be allocated to projects implementing sector-specific priority). Projects from other sectors can only address the priorities indicated above (priorities 1 to 5).

6. Sector specific priorities: For 2021, the following targeted annual sector specific priorities have been defined for the sectors music, publishing, cultural heritage and architecture, as identified by political dialogues and stakeholders’ consultations, to support capacity building activities, such as training, networking or market access activities, and support to become more resilience.

  • For the book (publishing) sector: Reinforce the capacity of book sector professionals in the sales of translation or adaptation rights with a view to increase the circulation of European literary works, and in particular works written in lesser-used languages, in Europe and beyond.
  • For the music sector: Building on the 2018-2020 Music Moves Europe preparatory action on music, and considering the specific circumstances of the pandemic and its impact, reinforce the capacity of music professionals in:

1. Music creation, promotion, distribution and monetisation, helping the sector to address in particular new digital, legal and technical trends stemming from innovations in the market and new business models; or

2. Cross-border circulation of European music and music export beyond EU borders.

  • For the architecture sector: Reinforce the capacity of European architects in:

1. Communication, co-creation and mediation with citizens and relevant stakeholders in design, planning and building processes; or

2. The integration of European Green Deal and in particular New European Bauhaus principles in their practices; or

3. The internationalization of careers in Europe and beyond.

  • For the cultural heritage sector: Reinforce the capacity of cultural heritage professionals in:

1. Engagement and mediation with citizens in the interpretation, communication and presentation of cultural heritage to develop relationships with audiences and stakeholders, taking into account evolving technological and digital methods of content creation and presentation of archived output, and drawing lessons learnt during the lockdown;

2. Digitisation of cultural heritage material, sites and historical buildings including the use of 3D and AI technologies;

3. Risk management for cultural heritage – with a focus on prevention and risk preparedness in relation to natural and non-natural hazards including climate change adaptation and mitigation in accordance with the principles of the European Green Deal.

*Note: Cross-cutting issues Proposals must take into consideration the cross-cutting issues of inclusion, diversity, gender equality, and environment and fight against climate change in the design and the implementation of their project (please refer to part 1 of the call document). A strategy on how cross-cutting issues are addressed in the project should be outlined in the application form. The extent to which the issues are addressed in the project will be assessed under the award criterion ‘’Relevance”. See Section 9 of the call document.

Eligible Activities

Proposals should include activities in line with the objectives and priorities of the call.

The proposed activities should be grouped (in the application form) in coherent Work packages (i.e. major sub-division of the project) which should be linked to pre-defined deliverables. All deliverables should illustrate the scope, reach, progress and success of the proposed activities. Depending on the focus of the project (to co-produce, cooperate, experiment, innovate, etc.), activities eligible for funding may be very diverse. Examples of work packages, activities and deliverables can be found in part 10 of the call document.

Expected Impact

This action will support approximately 130 projects.

This action is expected to foster cooperation between organisations active in the culture field, to increase the European dimension of creation and circulation of European artistic content as well as to encourage the development, experimentation, dissemination or application of new and innovative practices.

Budget

Maximum EU grant amount: EUR 200 000 per project.

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:

  • For small-scale projects (topic: CREA-CULT-2021-COOP-1): funding rate of maximum 80%.

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature

Consortium Composition

Minimum 3 entities from 3 different eligible countries

The coordinator must have had a legal existence for at least 2 years on the date of the deadline for submission.

Project Duration

Projects should not normally exceed 48 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment). Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here . For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: European Festivals


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims at increasing audiences' interest in non-national European audiovisual content and promoting the circulation and visibility of non-national European audiovisual content. Deadline: 24 August 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

Within the specific objective of promoting innovation, competitiveness and scalability of the European audiovisual sector, this call falls under the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe programme which has the following priorities:

  • to enhance the circulation, promotion, online and theatrical distribution of European audiovisual works, within the Union and internationally in the new digital environment; including through innovative business model;
  • to promote European audiovisual works, heritage works, and support audience engagement and the development of audiences of all ages, in particular young audiences, across Europe and beyond
Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

European festivals programming a significant proportion of non-national European works and aiming at activities targeted to expand and renew audiences. Special attention will be given to applications presenting adequate strategies to ensure more sustainable and more environmentally-respectful industry and to ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness. European audiovisual festivals taking place in countries participating in the MEDIA Strand which:

  • demonstrate strong efficiency in audience development (especially towards young audiences) by implementing activities before, during or after the event such as: year-long activities and/or decentralisation to other cities (with smaller partner festivals nationally and/or cross-border) and/or any efficient outreach activities towards non-core film festival audience;
  • demonstrate a commitment to innovative actions especially in the areas of audience outreach and development using the latest digital technologies and tools such as social media and online activities in order to create a permanent community;
  • amplify innovative approaches beyond their traditional events expanding their reach (for instance cross-platform programmes etc.);
  • organise initiatives for film literacy (for example film education) in close cooperation with schools and other institutions throughout the year;
  • focus on European films in general and particularly films from countries with a low audiovisual production capacity;
  • place strong emphasis on non-national European programming and geographic diversity of non-national European programming;
  • develop collaboration and partnerships with other European film festivals across borders to increase resource efficiency including subtitling/dubbing, online viewing platforms etc.

Expected Impact

  • Support the recovery of festivals screening a significant proportion of non-national European films and audiovisual works, which have been particularly affected by the pandemic crisis;
  • Increase the impact of European audio-visual festivals aiming to reinforce promotion, distribution and circulation of non-national European films and audiovisual works to growing audiences across Europe;
  • Foster exchange of knowledge and best-practice models for cooperation among festivals through coordinated/collaborative activities targeted to expand and renew audiences;
  • Harness the digital transition.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): between EUR 38, 000 and EUR 150, 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 prefixed lump sum amounts can be found on page 16 of the call document.

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
    • be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will be taken into account to determine its nationality
    • only applications from eligible entities organising audiovisual festivals in countries participating in the MEDIA strand will be accepted.

By eligible audiovisual festival it is understood an event:

  • programming European films and audiovisual works that are being screened to wide audiences including general public as well as accredited international audiovisual professionals and press;
  • having a clear curation, regulation and selection procedure;
  • taking place over a specific period of time, in a prior defined city;
  • having a clear curation, regulation and selection procedure;
  • 50% of the programming must be devoted to non-national films and audiovisual works from countries participating to the MEDIA strand and presenting a geographical diverse coverage of at least 15 of these countries including low capacity ones;
  • having had at least three editions that took place by end of December 2020.

Consortium Composition

Only applications by single applicants are allowed (single beneficiaries). Other entities may participate in other consortium roles, such as associated partners, subcontractors, third parties giving in-kind contributions, etc.

Project Duration

Projects should not normally exceed 24 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment). Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here. For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: European Mini-Slate Development


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to increase the capacity of audiovisual producers to develop projects with potential to circulate throughout Europe and beyond, and to facilitate European and international co-production. Deadline: 12 August 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

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

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.

Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

Support will be given to independent European production companies able to develop a slate of 2 to 3 audiovisual works (fiction, animation, creative documentary). This should allow production companies to reduce risks and increase their capacity to attract and retain talents.

The European mini-slate development shall provide support to the development of minimum 2 and maximum 3 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 may add a short film by emerging talent to their slate (optional).

The aim is to 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.

Greater cooperation, including co-development, between operators from different countries participating in the MEDIA Strand is also pursued as well as strengthening 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 more sustainable and more environmentally-respectful industry and to ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness.

Applications must present a slate including a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 eligible works. Only the 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.

The first day of principal photography7 (or equivalent) has to be scheduled at least 10 months after the day of the deadline for submission of applications.

Moreover, the development and production activities of a short film can be added to the slate. It will be eligible if:

  1. the short film is of a maximum length of 20 minutes and is providing support to emerging talent. A short film is defined as a complete audiovisual work (animation, creative documentary or fiction, both one-off or a series of short formats) with a total duration of maximum 20 minutes. Previews and advertising films, pilots, trailers, teasers and demos are excluded. An emerging talent is defined as a director who has acquired some professional experience and has made work of a certain level (for instance student or self-funded films), but who has not yet directed a project that would be eligible for European mini-slate development funding, and who is looking for guidance and support towards making their first commercial audiovisual work.
  2. The first day of principal photography (or equivalent) has to be scheduled after the day of the deadline for submission of applications.

Should the short film not fulfil these criteria, the short film will not be eligible for support, but the application will remain eligible provided that it fulfils all other eligibility criteria.

Expected Impact

  • A stronger position on European and international markets for companies selected under European mini-slate development.

  • Increased quality, feasibility, cross-border potential and market value of European works supported.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): between EUR 60 000 and EUR 310 000 per application. 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: EUR 55 000
  • Animation series: EUR 60 000
  • Creative documentary one-off: EUR 30 000
  • Creative documentary series: EUR 35 000
  • Fiction one-off with a production budget below or equal to 5M: EUR 45 000
  • Fiction one-off with a production budget above 5M: EUR 60 000
  • Fiction series with a production budget below or equal to 5M: EUR 55 000
  • Fiction series with a production budget above 5M but below or equal to 20M: EUR 75 000
  • Fiction series with a production budget above 20M: EUR 100 000
  • Short film: EUR 10 000.

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
  • be established in one of the countries with a low audiovisual capacity and be owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from countries participating in the MEDIA Strand of the Creative Europe Programme; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will be taken into account to determine its nationality. Following countries are considered countries with a low audiovisual capacity:
    • LCC group A: Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania
    • LCC group B: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia
  • be independent European audiovisual production companies that can demonstrate recent experience in producing internationally distributed works
  • Creative Europe MEDIA publishes annual calls for European co-development, European slate development and European mini-slate development. Applicants can make only one application either as applicant for European slate development or European mini-slate development, or as project leader (coordinator) for European co-development. However, they can in addition be a partner in a European co-development application
  • beneficiaries of a Creative Europe MEDIA slate funding grant signed during a period of 12 months prior to the deadline for submission of applications, cannot apply for the 2021 European mini-slate development support.

Consortium Composition

Only applications by single applicants are allowed.

Project Duration

Projects should not normally exceed 36 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment). Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here. For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: European Networks of Cultural and Creative Organisations


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to enhance the capacity of European cultural and creative sectors to face common challenges and nurture talents, innovate, prosper and generate jobs and growth. Deadline: 26 August 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

The support to European Networks of Cultural and Creative Organisations action intends to enhance the capacity of European cultural and creative sectors to face common challenges and nurture talents, innovate, prosper and generate jobs and growth.

This action will support projects implemented by highly representative, multi-country, membership-based networks of European cultural organisations, which cover a wide range of Creative Europe participating countries. Networks must have a shared mission, governance rules, and members' rights and obligations, as formally specified (in "statutes" or equivalent) and agreed upon by its members. Networks should be composed of a coordinating entity and its members.

European networks exclusively covering the audio-visual sector are not eligible for funding under this action.

Eligibility and Programme Detail

Themes and Priorities

In the current context, there is a need to promote fair, inclusive and diverse

frameworks supporting artists and cultural and creative professionals. This includes

effective mechanisms to ensure the cultural sector offers diversity, inclusion and

equality for all, promotes effective ways to tackle the gender gap and related

divides, and fights discrimination. From this perspective, promoting better

frameworks, working conditions and remuneration for all cultural and creative

professionals to thrive becomes a key strategic consideration among others.

The cultural and creative sectors should also contribute to the European Green

Deal, in particular by encouraging these sectors to adopt more environmentally

sustainable practices. This is in line with the objective of the European Union to

mainstream climate actions in all of its policies, with an overall target of 30% of the

EU budget allocated to support climate objectives.

Applicants must consider these two cross-cutting issues in the design and

implementation of their projects. In addition, proposals should tackle one or several of the following specific call priorities:

  • increase cultural access to and participation in culture as well as audience engagement and development
  • build the capacity to be active at international level in Europe and beyond
  • contribute to the European Green Deal
  • help the European cultural and creative sectors to fully take advantage of new technologies to enhance their competiveness

Full priority details are on page 7 of the call document.

Eligible Activities

Proposals should include suitable activities for the reinforcement of the capacities of

organisations and professionals active in the Creative and Cultural sectors. These

activities have to be specifically designed to tackle the chosen priorities of the

call in an effective way.

These activities should be formulated within a solid strategic framework and be

structured in work packages. A work package means a major sub-division of the

project. Each work package is accompanied by an objective (expected outcome) and

should list the activities, milestones and deliverables that belong to it. (See section 10

of the call document – Milestones and Deliverables)

Activities should take into account the needs of the network members and facilitate

members’ participation throughout the entire project. Details on this should be

provided in the following section of the application form: “2.2 Partnership and

consortium”. Under this call, financial support to third parties is eligible. For more

details on the eligibility of activities, see section 6 (Eligibility of activities).

The quality of the proposed activities will be assessed under the award criterion

“Quality of content and activities”. For more details, please check section 9.

Note: considering that this call for proposals is intended for action grants (projects)

and not operating grants: statutory obligations such as board meetings, general

assemblies, or any other similar statutory activity of the network, are not eligible

under this call.

Expected Impact

Support for about 30 networks covering different cultural and creative sectors.

This call is intended to have a structuring effect on Europe’s cultural and creative sectors (CCS) by targeting the above-mentioned priorities. This structuring effect should be tangible for the network members and/or for the CCS at large, and should be proportionate to the project objectives and scale.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): EUR 825 000 per project over the 3-year duration of the 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 will be fixed by the granting authority on the basis of the estimated project budget and a funding rate of 80%.

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature

Consortium Composition

Only applications by single applicants are allowed (single beneficiaries); affiliated entities and other participants are allowed, if needed.

The coordinator must have had a legal existence for at least 2 years on the date of the deadline for submission.

Project Duration

Projects should not normally exceed 36 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment). Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here . For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: European Slate Development


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to increase the capacity of audiovisual producers to develop projects with potential to circulate throughout Europe and beyond, and to facilitate European and international co-production. Deadline: 25 August 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

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

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.

Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

Support will be given to independent European production companies able to develop

a slate of 3 to 5 audiovisual works (fiction, animation, creative documentary). This

should allow production companies to reduce risks and increase their capacity to

attract and retain talents.

The European slate development shall provide support to the development of

minimum 3 and maximum 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 may add a short film by emerging talent to their

slate (optional).

The aim is to 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.

Greater cooperation, including co-development, between operators from different

countries participating in the MEDIA Strand is also pursued as well as strengthening

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 more sustainable and more environmentally-respectful industry and to

ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness.

Read more about eligible activities on page 11 of the call document.

Expected Impact

  • A stronger position on European and international markets for companies selected under European mini-slate development.
  • Increased quality, feasibility, cross-border potential and market value of European works supported.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): between EUR 90 000 and EUR 510 000 per application. 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: EUR 55 000
  • Animation series: EUR 60 000
  • Creative documentary one-off: EUR 30 000
  • Creative documentary series: EUR 35 000
  • Fiction one-off with a production budget below or equal to 5M: EUR 45 000
  • Fiction one-off with a production budget above 5M: EUR 60 000
  • Fiction series with a production budget below or equal to 5M: EUR 55 000
  • Fiction series with a production budget above 5M but below or equal to 20M: EUR 75 000
  • Fiction series with a production budget above 20M: EUR 100 000
  • Short film: EUR 10 000.

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
  • be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA Strand of the Creative Europe Programme and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will be taken into account to determine its nationality
  • be independent European audiovisual production companies that can demonstrate recent experience in producing internationally distributed works
  • Creative Europe MEDIA publishes annual calls for European co-development, European slate development and European mini-slate development. Applicants can make only one application either as applicant for European slate development or European mini-slate development, or as project leader (coordinator) for European co-development. However, they can in addition be a partner in a European co-development application
  • beneficiaries of a Creative Europe MEDIA slate funding grant signed during a period of 12 months prior to the deadline for submission of applications, cannot apply for the 2021 European slate development support.

Consortium Composition

Only applications by single applicants are allowed.

Project Duration

Projects should not normally exceed 36 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment). Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here. For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: European VOD Networks and Operators


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to strengthen the cross-border collaboration among European Video On Demand (VOD) platforms through joint/collaborative activities to increase the online audience of European audiovisual content. Deadline: 5 October 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

Within the specific objective of promoting innovation, competitiveness and scalability of the European audiovisual sector, the priorities of the Creative Europe programme’s MEDIA strand are:

  • to enhance the circulation, promotion, online and theatrical distribution of European audiovisual works, within the Union and internationally in the new digital environment; including through innovative business models;
  • to promote European audiovisual works, including heritage works, and support the engagement and development of audiences of all ages, in particular young audiences, across Europe and beyond.

The MEDIA strand shall provide support for the following measures: European Video on Demand (VOD) operators' network(s), screening a significant proportion of non-national European works.

Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

  • Joint/collaborative actions across borders with the aim to improve the competitiveness and attractiveness of European VOD platforms offering a significant proportion of non-national European audiovisual works as well as to increase the accessibility, visibility, discoverability and prominence of European content for a wider global audience (European and international)
  • Special attention will be given to applications presenting adequate strategies to ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness.

Eligible activities are collaborative/joint actions:

  • Promoting and developing an attractive cross-border offer of European content
  • Improving the accessibility, visibility, discoverability and prominence of European content
  • Developing innovative digital promotion, marketing and branding strategies
  • Implementing mechanisms to better understand consumer behaviours at European level and develop new audiences outreach
  • Fostering exchange of knowledge and best practices
  • Mutualising and sharing costs for projects able to improve the quality and competitiveness of the European VOD platforms including technological development, editorial line, collective intelligence, facilitation of the copyright licencing process underlying pan-European exploitation.

The activities should present innovative, coherent and focused strategies in order to promote the offer of European content and increase the global audience of the European VOD platforms.

Clear requirements in terms of indicators, quantification and sharing of results should be part of the activities. Transparency will play a key role in the action. Therefore, applications must contain detailed plans for the full publication of the inputs and results of the action. Particular attention should be given to communicating this information to public authorities, Member States and the audiovisual industry.

Expected Impact

  • Strengthen the cross-border collaboration among European Video On Demand (VOD) platforms through joint/collaborative activities to increase the online audience of European audiovisual content.

  • Strengthen attractiveness of eligible European Video On Demand (VOD) platforms for cross-border audiences and online consumption at a larger scale.

  • Improve the digital circulation and consumption of European content by boosting its visibility, discoverability and prominence.

  • Develop new business models and achieve cross-border economies of scope and scale.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): No limit. The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.

The grant will be budget-based (actual costs, with unit costs and flat-rate elements). This means that it will reimburse ONLY certain types of costs (eligible costs) and costs that were actually incurred for your project (NOT the budgeted costs). For unit costs and flat-rates, you can charge the amounts calculated as explained in the Grant Agreement (see art 6 and Annex 2 and 2a).

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (60%).

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
  • be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA Strand of the Creative Europe Programme and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will be taken into account to determine its nationality

The proposal must be submitted by a group of applicants(consortium) involving at least three VOD services coming from at least two countries participating in the MEDIA strand or by a VOD platform with the capacity to offering its services in at least two countries within MEDIA Strand countries.

A Video on Demand (VOD) platform is an entity enabling individuals to select audiovisual works from a central server for viewing on a remote screen by streaming and/or downloading. VOD platforms attached to broadcasters and internet service providers are eligible.

The applicant VOD platforms must present a minimum European Dimension in their catalogue. The applicant must present a catalogue or an aggregated catalogue (in case of several VOD services involved in the consortium) constituted by:

  • at least a total of 1000 available audiovisual works
  • at least 30% of audiovisual works from countries participating in the MEDIA strand
  • include audiovisual works from at least five countries participating in the MEDIA strand representing at least five different official languages of the European Union.

The 30% of European audiovisual works within the catalogue must be majority produced by a producer or producers established in the countries participating in the MEDIA strand. A minimum of 50% of the financing must come from countries participating in the MEDIA strand and the production companies must be credited as such.

The European dimension criteria must be fulfilled at the start, and for the duration of the action.

Consortium Composition

Proposals must be submitted:

  • by a consortium of at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions: minimum 3 entities from at least 2 different eligible countries
  • or by a VOD platform with the capacity to offer its services in at least 2 different eligible countries (see Eligible participants).

Project Duration

Projects should normally range between 12 and 18 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment). Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here. For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: Films on the Move


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to encourage and support the wider distribution of recent non-national European films by encouraging sales agents and theatrical distributors in particular to invest in promotion and adequate distribution of non-national European films. Deadline: 24 August 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

Within the specific objective of promoting innovation, competitiveness and scalability of the European audiovisual sector, this call falls under the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe programme which has the following priorities:

  • to enhance the circulation, promotion, online and theatrical distribution of European audiovisual works, within the Union and internationally in the new digital environment; including through innovative business model.
  • Support to international sales and circulation of non-national European works on all platforms (e.g. cinema theatres, online) targeting both small and large-sized productions, including through coordinated distribution strategies covering several countries and encouraging the use of subtitling, dubbing and where applicable, audio description tools.
Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

The activities to be funded are campaigns for the pan-European theatrical and/or online distribution of eligible European films, coordinated by the sales agent of the film.

Special attention will be given to applications presenting adequate strategies to ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness.

A minimum of 7 different distributors must be attached to the project out of which at least 2 must originate from lower audiovisual capacity countries Group A or Group B:

  • Group A: Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Portugal and Romania.
  • Group B: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The majority of the national distribution campaigns should focus on theatrical releases. The distributors must commit to carry out the distribution of the film on their territories via a letter of intent.

The film must be released between 1st October 2021 and 1st April 2023 or starting 10 weeks after the date of submission.

The film must comply with the following eligibility criteria:

  • it must be a work of fiction (including animated films) or documentary, with a minimum duration of 60 minutes;
  • it must have its first copyright established in 2020 at the earliest; - it must not consist of alternative content (operas, concerts, performance, etc.), advertising;
  • films must have a production budget of maximum EUR 15M; -
  • it must be majority produced by a producer or producers established in the countries participating in the MEDIA strand. A minimum of 50% of the financing of the total estimated production budget must come from countries participating in the MEDIA strand and the production companies must be credited as such. Elements such as opening credits, copyright as appearing on the rolling credits, creative control, ownership of exploitation rights and share of profits may also be taken into account;
  • the film must have an interoperable standard identifier, such as ISAN or EIDR, to be provided by the coordinator; it must be produced with the significant participation (as per the credits) of professionals who are nationals/residents of countries participating in the MEDIA strand and credited as such (see eligible participants in this section). ‘Significant participation’ is defined as having more than 50% of the points on the basis of the table below. The total can vary depending on the type of work (fiction, animation or documentary) and on the total of professionals actually involved. When roles are shared, points are shared accordingly. In the event of a tie (i.e. where the points are equal for a given nationality) the nationality of the director (or the following talent in the list on page 11 of the call document) shall be decisive.

*Note: European films will be considered as “national” in that country participating in the MEDIA strand whose nationals /residents have participated in the highest proportion in the making of the film. This country is considered as the country of origin of the film for the purpose of the action. They will be considered as “non-national” outside the country of origin.

Expected Impact

  • Development of pan-European theatrical and/or online distribution strategies for non-national European films.

  • Increased investment in theatrical and/or online promotion and distribution of non-national European films in view of expanding audience reach.

  • Develop links between the production and distribution sector thus improving the competitive position of non-national European films on a global market.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): No limit.

The grant will be a budget-based (actual costs, with unit cost and flat-rate elements). This means that it will reimburse ONLY certain types of costs (eligible costs) and costs that were actually incurred for your project (NOT the budgeted costs). For unit costs and flat-rates, you can charge the amounts calculated as explained in the Grant Agreement.

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (90%).

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
    • be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will be taken into account to determine its nationality
  • be a European Sales agent: A European sales agent is the company acting as an intermediary agent for the producer, who specialises in the commercial exploitation of a film by marketing and licensing a film to distributors or other purchasers for foreign countries.
  • be appointed by the producer of the submitted film by way of an international sales agreement providing for the right to sell the film in at least 15 countries participating in the MEDIA strand.

Consortium Composition

Only applications by single applicants are allowed.

Project Duration

Projects should normally range between 24 and 36 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).

Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here. For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: Fostering European Media Talent and Skills


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to foster talents and skills of the audiovisual sector professionals. Deadline: 26 August 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

The objective of the Skills and Talent Development support is to foster talents and skills of the audiovisual sector professionals. It also aims to strengthen the capacity of audiovisual professionals to adapt to new creative processes and new business models with a view to maximise and fully exploit the opportunities of digital innovation across the value chain.

Initiatives will aim at reinforcing the capacity to fully exploit the creative and commercial potential of the digital transition in all formats and for all platforms. Particular focus will be put on the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills, and awareness on market and digital technologies developments, data analytics, sustainable business models, internationalisation, marketing, promotion, audience development, restoration of film heritage, greening of the industry.

Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

Activities may take the form of physical and/or on-line training courses, boot-camp courses, and/or mentoring programmes based on innovative learning, teaching, mentoring and coaching methods, using the latest digital technologies. The focus should be on the improvement of skills and competences adapted to the evolving market practices. In particular training, mentoring and capacity building activities should aim at:

a) Facilitating the learning and acquisition of new skills and expertise across the audio-visual value chain, in particular digital skills;

b) Developing new business models and strengthening international cooperation in the audiovisual sector;

c) Fostering co-operation between players from different groups of countries to ensure knowledge transfer and relevant mentorship opportunities and reinforcing the capacity of professionals from low audiovisual capacity countries;

d) Promote business strategies that ensure more sustainable and more environmentally-respectful industry as well as diversity and inclusiveness;

e) Nurturing young talent and support young start-ups in the audio- visual sector.

Applications must be for activities, which aim at developing the capacity of audiovisual professionals to understand and integrate a European and international dimension in their work by improving expertise in the following fields:

  • Marketing, promotion, and new modes of distribution and exploitation focusing on acquisition of digital skills and take up of digital tools and technologies;
  • Greening of the audiovisual industry, aiming at promoting sustainable practices across the entire value chain;
  • Financial and commercial management with a view to enhance the capacity to access investment, manage IP and develop new business models;
  • Training in development and production and post production of audiovisual works, including innovative storytelling;
  • Entrepreneurship, new business creations.

Eligible Target Groups

The actions are targeted towards professionals from the audiovisual industry, in particular young professionals, as well as professionals from start ups.

Applicants shall ensure that a majority of the participants in the proposed training, capacity building and networking activities are of a nationality other than that of the applicant. Particular attention will be paid to projects that ensure a good representativeness of gender and diversity both in project organisers and participants. In addition, mentoring projects directed to women and for participants with a diverse and disadvantaged background will be supported.

The training actions are also open for participants from countries, which are not participating in the MEDIA strand, provided that:

  • European actions: nationals from countries not participating in the MEDIA strand should not represent more than 30% of the participants and ensure geographical diversity.
  • International actions: nationals from countries not participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme may represent up to 50% of the participants.
  • Regional actions are only open for participants from low capacity countries7 and might include participants from neighbouring countries even if they are not LCC countries.

For European/international actions, scholarships should represent at least 10% of the total number of participants. Scholarships must be granted to participants coming from low capacity countries Group B or being from a country not providing scholarships for this kind of training or participants in any other proven situation of need for financial support. For regional actions, scholarships should represent at least 30% of the total number of participants. Projects must comply with EU policy interests and priorities Financial support to third parties is not allowed.

Expected Impact

  • To improve the capacity of the audiovisual sector to operate transnationally and internationally;

  • To have a structuring effect on European companies, including testing new business models and enhancing the capacity to access finance;

  • To accompany the digital transformation of the audiovisual sector and its ability to apply digital and new technologies;

  • To facilitate the sharing of knowledge and know-how, notably via the support of mentoring initiatives.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): No limit.

The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested. The grant will be a budget-based (actual costs, with flat-rate elements). This means that it will reimburse ONLY certain types of costs (eligible costs) and costs that were actually incurred for your project (NOT the budgeted costs).

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (80%).

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
    • be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will be taken into account to determine its nationality

Consortium Composition

N/A.

Project Duration

Projects should normally not exceed 12 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).

Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here . For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: Innovative Tools and Business Models


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to increase the prominence, visibility, cross-border access, and audience reach of European work. Deadline: 24 August 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

Within the specific objective of promoting innovation, competitiveness and scalability of the European audiovisual sector, one of the priorities of the MEDIA strand is to enhance the circulation, promotion, online and theatrical distribution of European audiovisual works, within the Union and internationally in the new digital environment; including through innovative business model.

The MEDIA strand shall provide support for the following action: Promotion and marketing tools, including on line and through the use of data analytics, to increase the prominence, visibility, cross-border access, and audience reach of European work.

Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

This action is aimed at encouraging the development and/or the spread of innovative tools and business models to improve the visibility, availability, audience and diversity of European works in the digital age and/or the competitiveness of the European audiovisual industry. The projects can include in particular:

  • Subtitling or accessibility/discoverability/recommendation tools to be widely used across borders and across platforms in order to improve the visibility, the availability and the audience potential of European audiovisual works;
  • Business tools improving the efficiency and the transparency of the audiovisual markets: automated rights management system, technology for data gathering and analysis;
  • Business models seeking to optimise the synergies and complementarities between the distribution platforms (festivals, cinemas, VOD…);
  • Business tools exploring new modes of production, financing, distribution or promotion enabled or enhanced by new technology (AI, big data, blockchain, etc.).

Transparency plays a key role in the action. Therefore, applications must contain plans for the disclosure of the inputs and results of the action. Particular attention should be given to communicating the results to public authorities, Member States and the audiovisual industry.

Expected Impact

  • Improve the competitiveness of the European audiovisual industry: transparency, data collection and the appropriate use of big data, adaptation to the challenges and opportunities driven by the ongoing changes in the audiovisual markets,
  • Improve the production and circulation of European audiovisual works in the digital age,
  • Increase the visibility, availability and diversity of European audiovisual works in the digital age,
  • Increase the potential audience of European audiovisual works in the digital age.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): No limit. The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.

The grant will be a budget-based (actual costs, with unit cost and flat-rate elements). This means that it will reimburse ONLY certain types of costs (eligible costs) and costs that were actually incurred for your project (NOT the budgeted costs). For unit costs and flat-rates, you can charge the amounts calculated as explained in the Grant Agreement (see art 6 and Annex 2 and 2a).

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (60%).

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
    • be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will be taken into account to determine its nationality

Consortium Composition

Only applications by single applicants are allowed (single beneficiaries).

Project Duration

Projects should normally not exceed 36 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).

Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here. For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: Markets and Networking


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to encourage business-to-business exchanges among European audiovisual professionals. Deadline: 24 August 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

The objectives of the Creative Europe programme’s Markets & networking support are:

  • To encourage business-to-business exchanges among European audiovisual professionals, and in particular an increased participation from LCC Group B countries, by facilitating access to physical and online markets;
  • To include industry events focused on contents and/or the uptake of new technologies and business models, as long as they can make an impact on visibility and sales of European works;
  • To value environmental-friendly approaches
Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

The support is foreseen for activities aiming at:

  • Facilitating European and international co-productions including feature films, short films, video games, television series and cross media;
  • Facilitating access to professional audiovisual trade events and markets, both physical and online.

Special attention will be given to applications presenting adequate strategies to ensure more sustainable and more environmentally-respectful industry and to ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness.

Only actions intended primarily for the professionals with a demonstrated impact on the promotion and circulation of European audiovisual works and professionals will be considered including feature films, short films, video games, television series and cross media.

The following activities are not considered as eligible: live-broadcasting, music videos, non-narrative artistic works (including but not limited to art videos, experimental videos etc), commercial and promotional works (including but not limited to advertisements), reality TV and talk shows.

Only those applications corresponding to at least one of the activities described below will be considered as eligible.

  • Physical, digital, or hybrid markets for European audiovisual professionals

Industry events, physical, digital or hybrid, focused on business-to-business

exchanges among European audiovisual professionals, showing impact on visibility

and sales of European audiovisual works on international markets.

The audiovisual markets can be either within, or outside, the countries participating in

the MEDIA strand.

The industry events can focus on contents and/or the uptake of new technologies and

business models, as long as they can prove an impact on visibility and sales of

European works.

Attention will be paid to environmental-friendly approaches and any activities

organised by a market in order to facilitate diverse participation, notably participation

of working parents.

  • Business-to-business promotional activities of European works

The implementation of business-to-business promotional activities, including financial support to third parties, within and outside the countries participating in the MEDIA strand, organized by pan European networks or organisations representing at least 15 MEDIA countries, aimed at facilitating the distribution and circulation of European A/V and/or cinematographic works and the networking of European professionals.

The setting up and launch of business-to-business promotional initiatives and platforms, aiming at creating innovative ways and/or using new business models, to distribute/release European A/V works.

The activities should encourage the networking and exchange of information and good practices between professionals in terms of circulation of European works in Europe and worldwide on all platforms in all formats.

Projects must comply with EU policy interests and priorities.

Expected Impact

  • Improve the European/international dimension of existing large industry markets, and to increase the systemic impact of smaller initiatives;
  • Encourage the development of networks among European professionals; - Improve the competitiveness and circulation of European A/V works on international markets and to enhance diversity;
  • Ensure that Europe's AV industry is taking full advantage of digitalization.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): No limit. The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.

The grant will be a budget-based (actual costs, with unit cost and flat-rate elements). This means that it will reimburse ONLY certain types of costs (eligible costs) and costs that were actually incurred for your project (NOT the budgeted costs). For unit costs and flat-rates, you can charge the amounts calculated as explained in the Grant Agreement (see art 6 and Annex 2 and 2a).

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (60%).

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
    • be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will be taken into account to determine its nationality

Consortium Composition

N/A.

Project Duration

Projects should normally not exceed 12 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).

Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here. For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: Networks of European Cinemas


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to create and operate a network of cinemas. Deadline: 10 August 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

The aim of the support is to create and operate a network of cinemas with a view to:

  • Encourage cinema operators to screen a significant proportion of non- national European films through incentives and collaborative projects;
  • Contribute to raise and increase the interest of the audience for non-national films including through the development of activities for young cinema-goers;
  • Help those cinemas to adapt their strategy to the changing environment including by promoting innovative approaches in terms of audience reach and engagement, as wells as l partnerships with other film industry operators as well as with local cultural institutions;
  • Encourage exchange of best practice, knowledge sharing and other forms of cross border collaboration amongst members of the network;
  • Contribute to the policy dialogue on the film industry by disseminating the outcome of the activities of the network beyond its members.
Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

The action will support a network of European cinema operators screening a significant proportion of non-national European films for an increased audience.

Special attention will be given to applications presenting adequate strategies to ensure more sustainable and more environmentally respectful industry and to ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness.

Cinemas' network should enable the following activities:

  • Networking activities: information, animation and communication in view of increasing the audience reach and implementing innovative actions.
  • Provide financial support to participating cinemas implementing eligible activities listed below:
    • Actions aiming at promoting and screening European films and increasing the audience for non-national European films.
    • Innovative activities aiming at reaching new audiences and raising interest among young cinema-goers for European films by renewing and enriching the cinema experience.
    • Harnessing the digital transition, including online tools and data applications
    • Adjusting the business practices of European cinema theatres in terms of safety, sustainability, inclusion and accessibility.
    • Promotion and marketing activities in cooperation with other distribution platforms (e.g. TV broadcasters, VOD platforms).

Expected Impact

  • Increase the audience for non-national European films on the European market;
  • Reach new audiences for European films including young cinema-goers;
  • Reinforce and renew the cinema experience;
  • Adjust the business practices of European cinema theatres in terms of safety, sustainability and inclusion;
  • Foster the innovation potential of European cinema theatres.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): No limit.

The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.

The grant will be budget-based (actual costs, with unit costs and flat-rate elements). This means that it will reimburse ONLY certain types of costs (eligible costs) and costs that were actually incurred for your project (NOT the budgeted costs). For unit costs and flat-rates, you can charge the amounts calculated as explained in the Grant Agreement (see art 6 and Annex 2 and 2a).

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (95%).

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
    • be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will be taken into account to determine its nationality

The action is open to European cinema networks. A cinema network is a group of European independent cinemas developing, through the medium of a legally constituted co-ordination entity, joint activities in the area of screening and promoting European films. In particular, this coordination entity shall ensure the operation of a communication and information system between the cinemas. To be eligible, the cinema network must represent at least 400 cinemas situated in at least 20 countries participating in the MEDIA strand.

A European independent cinema is a company, association or organisation with a single or several screens based in countries participating in the MEDIA strand and which operates under the same company name. The screening of films should be the principal activity of the participant or division of the participant's organisation.

The participating cinemas must be owned whether directly or by majority participation, by nationals of countries participating in the MEDIA strand and registered in one of these countries.

Only these European independent cinemas shall be eligible as participants of the network:

  • They are first run cinemas (programming European films in first run, within a maximum period of twelve months after the first national release). Those cinemas which dedicate a maximum of 30% of their screenings to retrospectives or re-releases may be eligible;
  • That have a ticketing and entry declaration system;
  • That have at least one screen and 70 seats;
  • That had at least 300 screenings per year for single-screen cinemas and 520 screenings per year for multi-screen cinemas (cinemas in operation for a period of at least 6 months per year), and at least 30 screenings per month for summer / open air cinemas (cinemas in operation for less than 6 months per year);
  • That had at least 20,000 spectators in the year preceding the member application.

In order to meet, as a group, the above eligibility criteria, different cinemas may be allowed to pool their results. The circumstances under which this may occur must be clearly defined by the coordination entity in its application and in the accompanying draft guidelines.

Consortium Composition

Only applications by single applicants are allowed.

Project Duration

Projects should normally not exceed 18 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).

Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here . For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: Pan-European Cultural Entities


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to support projects proposed by cultural entities - orchestras with artists from at least 20 countries - whose aim is to offer training, professionalization and performance opportunities for young high potential artists. Deadline: 26 August 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

This action will support projects proposed by cultural entities - in the case of this Call - orchestras with artists from at least 20 countries - whose aim is to offer training, professionalization and performance opportunities for young high potential artists. The goals of this action are to:

  • enhance the visibility of European cultural diversity and cultural heritage,
  • foster the emergence of artistic excellence and the achievement of the highest possible standard of orchestral performance,
  • support the activities of organisations and artists who act as promoters and ambassadors of EU cultural values,
  • foster participation and access to high-level artistic creation for young and new audiences,
  • foster the sector’s capacity to be resilient and prepared to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technologies for both professional development of artists and performances’ accessibility.

In line with the above-mentioned objectives, applicants should demonstrate capacity to take into consideration and mainstream the following priority:

supporting the capacity building and professionalisation of young highly-talented musicians, providing them with high standards career’s development paths through recruitment, training and performance opportunities.

Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

Proposals should include activities in line with the above-mentioned objectives, themes and priorities of the call.

Over the lifetime of a project, applicants may typically foresee a broad range of activities/deliverables. As a common thread, these activities should involve young and highly-talented European musicians in the field of orchestras.

In this regard, targeted projects should adopt a rigorous, transparent and inclusive approach in the recruitment and training of young highly talented artists who should be nationals of/residents in at least 20 countries participating in the Creative Europe Programme. The broad geographical coverage allowed by the recruitment activities should reflect Europe’s musical and cultural diversity.

Projects should offer to the targeted artists adequate possibilities to perform in particular for new or young audiences by using appropriate means including live performances or digital tools.

Activities shall be carried out in complementarity and as much as possible in synergy with the European Commission’s pilot project on mobility (iPortunus)3, the ‘European Platforms for the promotion of emerging artists’ action and the European Commission’s initiative ‘Music Moves Europe.'

Expected Impact

This action is expected to support 3 to 5 projects. By implementing a coherent set of activities, these projects will allow the professionalization of young talented European musicians who should be nationals/residents from at least 20 countries participating in the Programme during the project lifespan. The proposal should allow the involvement of these young professionals in high standard orchestral performances, professionalisation and training opportunities. Working at the threshold between traditional and innovative formats, between artistic excellence and social engagement, Pan-European Cultural Entities will foster new and young audiences’ participation and access to cultural life, allowing a direct experience of orchestral music. The excellence of their artistic proposals, the richness and diverse geographical origins of the involved musicians, the attachment to European musical heritage and the capacity to engage in major public events at different levels: these features should all contribute to develop and consolidate Pan-European cultural entities’ role as promoters and ambassadors of the European Union’s values.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): EUR 1 800 000 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 will be fixed by the granting authority on the basis of the estimated project budget and a funding rate of 40%.

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
  • The coordinator must have had a legal existence for at least 2 years on the date of the deadline for submission.

Consortium Composition

Only applications by single applicants are allowed.

Project Duration

Projects should normally not exceed 36 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).

Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here. For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: TV and Online Content


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to increase the capacity of audiovisual producers to develop and produce strong projects with significant potential to circulate throughout Europe and beyond, and to facilitate European and international co-productions within the television and online sector. Deadline: 25 August 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

The Creative Europe programme’s MEDIA Strand shall provide support for the following measures:

  • Production of innovative and quality TV content and serial storytelling, addressing diverse audiences, by European independent production companies.

The objective of the support to TV and online content is to increase the capacity of audiovisual producers to develop and produce strong projects with significant potential to circulate throughout Europe and beyond, and to facilitate European and international co-productions within the television and online sector.

The action aims to strengthen the independence of producers in relation to broadcasters and digital platforms, to enhance collaboration between operators, including independent producers, broadcasters, digital platforms and sales agents, from different countries participating in the MEDIA Strand, in order to produce high quality programming aimed at wide international distribution and promoted to a wide audience including commercial exploitation in the multi-platform environment. Particular attention will be given to projects presenting innovative aspects in the content and in the financing that show a clear link with the envisaged distribution strategies.

Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

The TV and online content action supports works (drama films, animation and documentary) intended for linear and non-linear broadcasting, presenting:

  • strong cooperation between operators from different countries participating in the MEDIA Strand, including between broadcasters;
  • high creative/artistic value and wide cross-border exploitation potential able to reach audiences at European and international level;
  • innovative aspects in terms of the content and the financing that show a clear link with the envisaged distribution strategies.

Special attention will be given to applications presenting adequate strategies to ensure a more sustainable and more environmentally-respectful industry and to ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness.

Only the production activities for the following works intended primarily for the purposes of television or online exploitation are eligible:

  • Drama films (one-off or series) of a total duration of minimum 90 minutes.
  • Animation (one-off or series) or a total duration of minimum 24 minutes.
  • Creative documentaries (one-off or series) of a total duration of minimum 50 minutes.

The first day of principal photography (or start of animation for animation projects) shall take place after the publication date of the call for proposals.

The work must be produced with the significant participation of professionals who are nationals and/or residents of countries participating in the MEDIA Strand. “Significant participation” is defined as having more than 50% of the points on the basis of the table on page 11 of the call document. The total can vary depending on the type of work (animation, documentary, fiction) and on the total of professionals actually involved. When roles are shared, points are shared accordingly.

Expected Impact

  • Increased production of high quality European works for linear and non-linear broadcasting including on digital platforms, as well as an increase in the number of co-productions
  • Enhanced cooperation between operators from different countries participating in the MEDIA Strand, including between broadcasters.
  • Increased audience for European works through linear and non-linear broadcasting including on digital platforms.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount):

  • For creative documentaries, the maximum grant amount is EUR 300 000 per project.
  • For animation works, the maximum grant amount is EUR 500 000 per project.
  • For drama works, the maximum grant amount per project is:
    • EUR 500 000 if the eligible production budget is below EUR 10M,
    • EUR 1M if the eligible production budget is between EUR 10M and EUR 20M,
    • EUR 2M if the eligible production budget is above EUR 20M.

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 will be fixed by the granting authority on the basis of the estimated project budget and a funding rate of 15%.

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
  • be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA Strand of the Creative Europe Programme and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will be taken into account to determine its nationality
  • be independent European audiovisual production companies.

Consortium Composition

Proposals by single applicants are allowed.

The project leader (coordinator) must be the majority producer of the work in terms of rights. In case of a 50%-50% co-production, the project leader should be designated by the partner as delegate producer.

Project Duration

Projects should not normally exceed 24 months or 36 months in case of series of more than 2 episodes (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).

Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here. For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.




Creative Europe: NEWS - Journalism partnerships


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to encourage systemic cooperation between professional news media organisations to improve the viability and competitiveness of professionally produced journalism. Deadline: 26 August 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

Creative Europe brings together actions supporting the European cultural and creative sectors.

The general objectives of the Programme are:

  • to safeguard, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage;
  • to increase the competitiveness and the economic potential of the cultural and creative sectors, in particular the audiovisual sector.

In the CROSS SECTORAL strand these goals are pursued through the following specific objectives:

  • promoting policy cooperation and innovative actions supporting all strands of the Programme, promoting a diverse, independent and pluralistic media environment, and media literacy, thereby fostering freedom of artistic expression, intercultural dialogue and social inclusion

Eligibility & Programme Detail

Background

The general and specific objectives of the Programme take into account the dual nature of the cultural and creative sectors, recognising, on the one hand, the intrinsic and artistic value of culture and, on the other, the economic value of those sectors, including their broader contribution to growth and competitiveness, creativity and innovation. The objectives are pursued in a way that encourages inclusion, equality, diversity and participation, including, where appropriate, specific incentives that encourage the active participation in the cultural and creative sectors of people with disabilities, people belonging to minorities and people belonging to socially marginalised groups, including both the creative process and audience development; and gender equality, in particular as a driver of economic growth, innovation and creativity.

Objectives

Within the specific objective of promoting policy cooperation and innovative actions supporting all strands of the Programme, promoting a diverse, independent and pluralistic media environment and media literacy, thereby foresting freedom or artistic expression, intercultural dialogue and social inclusion, the priorities of the CROSS-SECTORAL strand shall include:

  • promoting cross-sectoral collaboration aimed at adjusting to the structural and technological changes faced by the media, including enhancing a free, diverse, and pluralistic media environment, quality journalism and media literacy including in the digital environment.

The European news media sectors are facing multiple challenges. The digital transition is having a massive impact on how news is consumed and monetised, changing the value propositions that prevailed in the analogue era. Digitisation has facilitated the publication of news, but it has also intensified competition of content across borders on a global scale.

As readers have shifted to online sources and traditional news outlets have lost advertising revenues, the economic sustainability of professional journalism has come under pressure. Media pluralism has been weakened over the years as newspapers, in particular at the local level, have had to close down.

To address challenges and opportunities of trans-national nature, Creative Europe will support cross-cutting actions that address the structural and technological changes faced by the media sector, and support high-quality media production standards by fostering cooperation, digital skills, cross-border and/or collaborative journalism, and quality content.

Journalism Partnerships aim to help the wider European news media sector become more sustainable and resilient, thus contributing to trustworthy reporting on current affairs, to an informed and inclusive democratic debate, to skills development and employment for news media professionals and journalists, and to a free, diverse and pluralistic media environment.

Themes and priorities

Journalism Partnerships shall encourage systemic cooperation between professional news media organisations to improve the viability and competitiveness of professionally produced journalism by supporting the testing of innovative business models and sharing of best practices among peers as well as by supporting innovative journalistic collaborations, standards and formats.

Activities that can be funded

The support is foreseen for collaborative projects in and between any news media (sub)sector and/or genre that aim to enhance cooperation and instil systemic change across the wider news media ecosystem. The proposed activities should be clearly justified and based on the needs of the chosen (sub)sector(s). The proposed partnerships are encouraged to involve organisations from countries/regions with different and diverse media capabilities.

The activities should aim to serve the wider ecosystem across Europe, including small media. Sharing of best practices between operators in media markets with different and diverse characteristics (in terms of languages, production volumes, sizes, digitalisation levels etc.) is encouraged, to promote mutual learning.

All Partnerships will operate with full editorial independence. They will need to respect professional, widely accepted editorial standards. The chosen standards should be indicated in the proposal and confirmed with a Declaration on Standards & Independence (in Annex).

Expected Impact

  • Sector-wide networks for the exchange of best practices among news media professionals;
  • Knowledge-hubs for sub-sectors around technical formats (written/online press, radio/podcasts, TV, etc.) and/or journalistic genres (local/regional journalism, public-interest journalism, data journalism, investigative journalism, etc);
  • Acquisition and improvement of professional skills by journalists as well as media business professionals;
  • Increased innovation and creativity in journalistic production processes and distribution processes;
  • Increased interest in journalism, among various social groups, language groups and age groups;
  • Increased viability of journalistically produced content.

Available budget

The available call budget is EUR 7 600 000. This budget might be increased by maximum 20%.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature

Application Details

See full details in the official call document.

All proposals must be submitted directly online via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System.




Creative Europe: Circulation of European literary works


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This action will support projects that will translate, publish, distribute and promote works of fiction. Deadline: 30 September 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

Creative Europe brings together actions supporting the European cultural and creative sectors.

The general objectives of the Programme are:

  • to safeguard, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage;
  • to increase the competitiveness and the economic potential of the cultural and creative sectors, in particular the audiovisual sector.

In the CULTURE strand these goals are pursued through the following specific objectives:

enhancing artistic and cultural cooperation at the European level, in order to support the creation of European works and strengthen the economic, social and external dimension of and innovation and mobility in Europe’s cultural and creative sectors

Eligibility & Programme Detail

Background

The term 'Cultural and creative sectors' means all sectors whose activities are based on cultural values or artistic and other individual or collective creative expressions. The activities may include the development, the creation, the production, the dissemination and the preservation of goods and services, which embody cultural, artistic or other creative expressions, as well as education or management, related to these activities. The sectors include, inter alia, architecture, archives, libraries and museums, artistic crafts, audiovisual (including film, television, video games and multimedia), tangible and intangible cultural heritage, design (including fashion design), festivals, music, literature, performing art (including theatre and dance), books and publishing, radio, and visual arts.

Policy framework

Creative Europe is fully aligned with the political priorities of the Commission and the 2018 Commission Communication on a New European Agenda for Culture. Supporting the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 and the European Green Deal are considered cross-cutting issues.

The Programme is also aligned with the Council’s multiannual Work Plan for Culture (2019-2022), the 2016 Joint Communication Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations and the 2014 Commission Communication Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe, which all plead for a stronger role for culture in the further social, economic and international development of our Union.

The Programme will also focus on supporting the policy objectives of the Digital Single Market and the#Digital4Culture strategy.

The Programme, while preserving its essential nature, will contribute to the New European Bauhaus initiative, connecting the European Green Deal to our living spaces and will contribute as well to the European Year of Rail 2021, highlighting the benefits of rail as a sustainable, smart and safe means of transport and encouraging the use of rail.

In accordance with the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, the Programme supports promotion of fair working conditions, including fair remuneration for all cultural and creative professionals. The Study on the working conditions of artists, cultural and creative professionals, including initiatives for the fair remuneration of artists and cultural professionals, recently published by the European Commission and stakeholders, deserves special attention.

The COVID-19 crisis was an accelerator of change in the cultural and creative sectors, amplifying many of the challenges they have been facing. The cultural and creative sectors have been amongst the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis, which has accelerated the existing trends driven by globalisation and the digital transition. The combination of restrictive hygiene rules and the economic recession have created immediate drops in revenue and cash flow as well as accelerated structural change. There is a need to pool resources and support initiatives that promote the resilience and recovery of cultural operators, artists and cultural professionals, who have been profoundly affected by lockdowns and physical distancing measures.

The digital transition accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing about a change of paradigm, significantly impacting how cultural goods are created, managed, disseminated, accessed and monetised.

The richness, which stems from Europe's cultural and linguistic diversity, does not easily benefit European citizens, because the cultural and creative sectors are too often fragmented along national and linguistic lines and lack critical mass. The transnational circulation and co-production of works remain limited and it is therefore important to develop effective solutions to reach audiences across borders.

These challenges, of a transnational nature, require a targeted European approach to optimise the potential of the sectors to contribute to jobs, growth and social inclusion, including for the most disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups. The Programme will support actions and activities with a European added value, which complement regional, national, international and other Union programmes and policies.

Culture strand 2021 priorities

In 2021, the Culture strand of the new Creative Europe programme intends to promote:

  • Reinforcement of the resilience to allow the recovery of cultural operators in light of the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Innovation and joint creations: the Programme will support operators to develop innovative European projects to allow the evolution of the cultural and creative sectors and to increase their competitiveness. Innovations can be of a technological and artistic nature and can include the development and experimentation of new practices or new models or the transfer and dissemination of good practices from one European region or sector to others. Areas of innovation can include fighting climate change, digitisation or a societal dimension such as audience development, gender equality, the inclusion of people with disabilities, belonging to minorities, to socially marginalised groups.
  • Co-production, cooperation, learning and connection of organisations of all sizes and that will build capacity, help the circulation of artists and works, give rise to co-productions and artistic creations and contribute to disseminating professional and artistic good practices across Europe.
  • Capacity building of artists: the Programme will help European artists and cultural and creative professionals move up to the European level by supporting (emerging) talents and skills development. Platforms will be supported to increase the visibility and the circulation of European emerging artists and works in Europe and beyond. It will also support actions that promote the circulation of European literary works allowing the book sector (booksellers, libraries, etc.) to foster cooperation between publishers and their partners.
  • The programme will invest in activities that encourage the scaling up of Europe’s cultural and creative sectors at European and global levels, for instance by supporting their international presence, marketing and branding. It will help collect and disseminate data, information, practices, ideas and solutions; provide training and advice to professionals; represent the sectors at national and European level and advocate on their behalf on key sectoral issues.

Cross-cutting issues

In addition, as cross-cutting issues, the Programme will support effective mechanisms to ensure the cultural sectors offer diversity, inclusion and equality for all and contribute to the fight against climate change.

  • Inclusion, diversity, and gender equality. Projects should facilitate access to European cultural and creative content for all groups and audiences, especially for professionals and participants with disadvantaged backgrounds and fewer opportunities related to disability or health problems, economic, social or geographical obstacles or cultural differences. Particular attention will be given to fostering gender equality, in particular as a driver of creativity, economic growth and innovation. Projects must seek to promote gender equality and non-discrimination mainstreaming in accordance with the Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit. All activities funded under the programme shall incorporate a gender equality perspective and contribute to the equal empowerment of women and men, ensuring that they achieve their full potential and benefit from the same rights.
  • Environment and the fight against climate change. The cultural and creative sectors should contribute to the European Green Deal, in particular, by encouraging its operators to adopt more environmentally sustainable practices and, by this, to contribute to the achievement of the overall target of 30% of the Union budget expenditures supporting climate objectives. Culture can play an important role in the green transition through awareness-raising, learning, communication and in the sharing of knowledge and good practices, and has the potential to develop innovative ways of tackling environmental challenges.

Objectives

This action will support projects that will translate, publish, distribute and promote works of fiction.

Themes and priorities

Selected projects will contribute to the following objectives:

  • strengthening the transnational circulation and diversity of European literary works in particular by encouraging translations from lesser used languages into English, German, French, Spanish (Castilian) and Italian
  • reaching new audiences for European literary works in the EU and beyond
  • strengthening the competitiveness of the book sector by encouraging

Activities that can be funded

In addition to the translation, promotion and distribution activities (import strategy), proposals can also include business-to-business “export” activities to help foster the sales of translation rights in Europe and beyond.

The proposed activities should be grouped, in the application form part B, in coherent work packages (i.e. major sub-division of the project). Each work package must have a corresponding list of activities, deliverables, milestones and critical risks (see section 10).

Expected Impact

The action will support around 40 projects, implemented either by a single entity (mono-beneficiary) or by a grouping of organisations (multi-beneficiary). Each project must be based on a sound editorial and promotional strategy covering a package of at least 5 eligible works of fiction translated from and into eligible languages, and must include the following elements:

  • the proposed package contributes to the diversity of literature in the target country (or countries) by including works from countries that are underrepresented, and in particular works written in lesser-used languages;
  • the distribution strategy ensures wide and easy access to the works for the general public;
  • the promotion strategy contributes to an enlargement and renewal of the audience for European translated literary works of fiction;
  • The project encourages collaboration between authors, translators, publishers, distributors, booksellers, libraries, festivals and literary events;
  • The project contributes to raising the profile of translators and respects the principle of fair remuneration;
  • The projects addresses the cross-cutting issues (inclusion, gender equality and reduction of environmental impact).

Available budget

The available call budget is EUR 5 000 000. This budget might be increased by maximum 20%.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature

Other eligibility conditions:

Applicants must have had a legal existence for at least 2 years on the date of the deadline for submission of applications.

Beneficiaries and affiliated entities must register in the Participant Register — before submitting the proposal — and will have to be validated by the Central Validation Service (REA Validation). For the validation, they will be requested to upload documents showing legal status and origin.

Other entities may participate in other consortium roles, such as associated partners, subcontractors, third parties giving in-kind contributions, etc.

Specific cases

Natural persons — Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person.

International organisations — International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.

Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons3.

EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.

Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’4. Please note that if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible).

Countries currently negotiating association agreements — Beneficiaries from countries with ongoing negotiations (see list above) may participate in the call and can sign grants if the negotiations are concluded before grant signature (with retroactive effect, if provided in the agreement).

EU restrictive measures — Special rules apply for certain entities (e.g. entities subject to EU restrictive measures under Article 29 of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU) and Article 215 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU)5 and entities covered by Commission Guidelines No 2013/C 205/056). Such entities are not eligible to participate in any capacity, including as beneficiaries, affiliated entities, associated partners, subcontractors or recipients of financial support to third parties (if any).

Consortium composition

Proposals by single applicants are allowed.

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 1 applicant.

The coordinator must have had a legal existence for at least 2 years on the date of the deadline for submission.

Eligible activities

Eligible activities are the ones set out in section 2 above.

In addition, the project should comply with the following requirements regarding works eligibility.

Eligible languages

  • The source language and target language must be "officially recognised languages" of the eligible countries. "Officially recognised languages" are those defined by the Constitution or any relevant law of the respective country.
  • Translation from Latin and Ancient Greek into officially recognised languages are also eligible.
  • The target language must be the translator's mother tongue (except in cases with less frequently spoken languages, if the publisher provides sufficient explanation).
  • Translation must have a cross-border dimension; hence, the translation of national literature from one official language into another official language of the same country is not eligible if there is no distribution strategy outside the country in question.

Eligible original works to be translated

  • Works in paper or digital formats (e-books and audio-books).
  • Works of fiction, irrespective of their literary genre or format, such as novel, short story, theatre and radio play, poetry, comic book and youth literature.
  • Non-fiction works are not eligible. Non-fiction works include autobiographies, biographies, or essays without fictional elements; tourist guides; works in the field of humanities and social sciences (such as history, philosophy, economy, etc.) and works related to other sciences (such as physics, mathematics, etc.).
  • Works must already be published.
  • Works must be written by authors who are nationals of, residents in, or recognised as part of the literary heritage of an eligible country.
  • Works must not be already translated into the target language, unless a new translation corresponds to a clearly assessed need.

Application Details

See full details in the official call document.

All proposals must be submitted directly online via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System.




Creative Europe: Audience Development and Film Education


Creative Europe is the European funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

This call aims to support Initiatives promoting audience development and engagement, including film education activities, addressing in particular young audiences. Deadline: 5 October 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview Within the specific objective of promoting innovation, competitiveness and scalability of the European audiovisual sector, one of the priorities of the Creative Europe programme’s MEDIA strand is to promote European audiovisual works, including heritage works, and support audience engagement and the development of audiences of all ages, in particular young audiences, across Europe and beyond. Eligibility and Programme Detail

Eligible Activities

Projects ensuring pan-European cooperation and providing innovative projects, especially using new digital tools aiming to:

  • increase interest and knowledge of audiences in European films and audiovisual works including specific programmes on film heritage,
  • increase pan-European impact and audience outreach,
  • promote and increase the contribution that existing European films and audiovisual works, including curated catalogues of films, make towards audience development and education.

Special attention will be given to applications presenting adequate strategies to ensure more sustainable and more environmentally-respectful industry and to ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness.

Projects providing mechanisms for pan-European cooperation and pan-European audience reach with the aim to stimulate interest and increase knowledge of audiences in European films and audiovisual works including specific programmes on film heritage.

The project must be based on a significant proportion (at least 50%) of European films and audiovisual works and present pan-European audience reach involving at least 5 countries participating in the MEDIA strand.

Expected Impact

  • Stimulate interest and increase knowledge of audiences in European films and audiovisual works including specific programmes on film heritage
  • Strengthen pan-European cooperation for innovative audience development and film education projects especially using new digital tools
  • Increase pan-European impact and audience outreach
  • Develop film education projects across European and non-European territories.

Budget

Project budget (maximum grant amount): No limit. The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.

The grant will be a budget-based (actual costs, with unit cost and flat-rate elements). This means that it will reimburse ONLY certain types of costs (eligible costs) and costs that were actually incurred for your project (NOT the budgeted costs). For unit costs and flat-rates, you can charge the amounts calculated as explained in the Grant Agreement (see art 6 and Annex 2 and 2a).

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (70%).

Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
  • be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will be taken into account to determine its nationality.

Consortium Composition

N/A

Project Duration

Projects should normally range between 24 and 36 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment). Application Details Full application details and application link can be found here. For application assistance, contact the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office at cedculture@artscouncil.ie.