Pilot projects (PP) and Preparatory Actions (PA) introduce new initiatives that might turn into standing EU funding programmes.
This call aims to respond to the need for European storytelling suitable for co-production and that can travel across borders.
Increased global competition in the audiovisual sector makes international cooperation in scriptwriting ever more crucial. Such cooperation is particularly necessary at European level to allow European players to scale up and face the increasing risk of ‘brain-drain’ of European audiovisual professionals towards third countries.
The objective of the proposed scheme is to respond to the need for European storytelling suitable for co-production and that can travel across borders.
In addition, in order to bring out stories that reflect our European culture, both the one that we have in common and the one specific to our respective countries, we must encourage the emergence of strong teams of creators (e.g. screenwriters, showrunners, other authors, etc.) from several Member States.
The purpose of this preparatory action “Writing European” is to help the European audiovisual industry to develop excellence in creating and writing high-quality drama content and foster innovative storytelling. It aims to promote co-writing practices, thereby also enlarging the experience of creative talents working on fiction series.
Applicants are invited to setup creative hubs that can achieve the above objectives as well as the following priorities:
Proposals should contribute to the green transition, embody European principles and values, such as equal treatment, diversity and gender balance, as well as fair remuneration of creators in line with market conditions and prices.
Support will be given to projects that facilitate creative hubs, e.g. writing rooms or other collaborative settings, aimed at the co-creation of European audiovisual works. Such hubs will act as accelerators or incubators of talents, by proposing innovative methods to select and guide talented writers from pre-writing/conceptualisation to the actual writing of fiction series projects and potential matchmaking with buyers.
The projects should involve European talents as directly as possible. The objective of the action being enhancing and enabling creativity, talents across the EU should be empowered to intensify their cooperation. Authors should be working within ad hoc creative labs or writing rooms that have as primary goal the improvement of the creative process. At the same time, through exchanges with audiovisual professionals, authors should become more aware of the potential of their creative input, in artistic as well as in exploitation and dissemination terms.
Potential applicants and beneficiaries include production companies, film funding agencies, networks or groupings of audiovisual creatives or entities supporting creative talent, such as creative labs, training organisations, broadcasters, video on demand (VOD) platforms and international markets.
The following types of activities are eligible under this call for proposals:
Projects that are already eligible in the framework of the Creative Europe Programme, are not eligible, such as:
The project should involve creative talents throughout Europe. It should stimulate exchanges at European level and foster participation of creatives from different backgrounds in order to come up with stories that reflect the diversity of European societies. Ultimately, this will be a vector to reach out to new transnational audiences.
It is expected to catalyse innovation in the audiovisual creative process to encompass all mediums of expression.
Furthermore, it should ensure coherence between high-quality storytelling and high-quality audiovisual content, as well as enhance cross-border collaboration among European talents.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
The available call budget is EUR 3,000,000.
Projects should not normally exceed 36 months.