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Call for Proposals on Support to Film Festivals

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The Call for EAC/S32/2013 “Support to Film Festivals” has been published by the European Commission in the framework of the Media Sub-Programme of the European Programme Creative Europe.

The “Support to Film Festivals” European call for proposals is based on the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing the Creative Europe Programme (2014-2020). Within the field of reinforcing the audiovisual sector's capacity.

One of the priorities of the MEDIA Sub-programme shall be to support audience development as a means of stimulating interest in and improving access to European audiovisual works in particular through promotion, events, film literacy and festivals.


More specifically, the objective of the current “Support to Film Festivals” call for proposals is to provide support for

- initiatives presenting and promoting a diversity of European audiovisual works, including short films, such as festivals and other promotional events;

- activities aimed at promoting film literacy and at increasing audience's knowledge of, and interest in, European audiovisual works, including the audiovisual and cinematographic filmheritage, in particular among young audiences.


Applicants to the current “Support to Film Festivals” call for proposals must be European entities (private companies, non-profit organisations, associations, charities, foundations, municipalities/Town Councils, etc.), established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme, and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries.


Applications from legal entities established in one of the following countries are eligible as long as all conditions referred to in Article 8 of the Regulation establishing the Creative Europe Programme are met and the Commission has entered into negotiations with the country:EU Member States; acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates benefiting from a pre-accession strategy, in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions for the participation of those countries in Union programmes established in the respective Framework Agreements, Association Council       Decisions or similar agreements; EFTA countries which are members of the EEA, in accordance with the provisions of the EEA Agreement; the Swiss Confederation, on the basis of a bilateral agreement to be concluded with that country; countries of the European neighbourhood area in accordance with the procedures defined with those countries following the framework agreements providing for their participation in European Union programmes.

Applicant organisations applying to the current “Support to Film Festivals” call for proposals must implement audiovisual festivals which contribute to the aforementioned objectives and which fulfil the following conditions: a minimum of 70% of the eligible programming presented to the public during the festival OR a minimum of 100 feature films (or 400 short films) must originate from countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme. Within this "MEDIA Sub-programme countries" programming: 50% of the films must be non-national. At least 15 of such countries must be represented.


The total budget available for the co-financing of actions under the current “Support to Film Festivals” call for proposals is estimated at EUR 3.25M. The EU financial contribution will take the form of a lump sum according to the number of European films in the programming between EUR 19.000 and EUR 75.000. The Agency reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available.


The deadline for submitting proposals in the framework of the current “Support to Film Festivals” call for proposals is 28/02/2014 at 12.00 noon (midday Brussels time) for activities starting between 01/05/14 and 31/10/14.


Further information on the current call for proposals is available on the European Commission’s web site at:


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