Creative Europe - European mini-slate development

Deadline :
September 8, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
EUR 5 000 000
Partners required:
Only single applicants

Funding programme

Creative Europe is the EU’s funding programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

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Call overview

This call aims 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 the potential to circulate throughout Europe and beyond, and to facilitate European and international coproduction.

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.

Within the specific objective of promoting competitiveness, scalability, cooperation, innovation and sustainability, including through mobility in the European audiovisual sector, one of the priorities of the MEDIA Strand is:

  • to nurture talents, competence and skills and to stimulate cross-border cooperation, mobility and innovation in the creation and production of European audiovisual works, encouraging collaboration across Member States with different audiovisual capacities.

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.

Expected results

  • 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.  

Activities to be funded

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.


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 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 fully in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and be owned directly or indirectly, wholly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries. When a company is publicly listed, the location of the stock exchange will in principle 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


The available call budget is EUR 5 000 000.

Consortium composition

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


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

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Deadline :
September 8, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
EUR 5 000 000
Partners required:
Only single applicants