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

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.


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