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Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Union’s funding programme for the audiovisual industry and creative sectors.

Credit: All stills and logos taken from Creative Europe funded films projects

The programme is promoted by Creative Europe Desk UK, a partnership led by the British Film Institute and British Council together with Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Welsh Government, with support from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the European Commission.

The Creative Europe Desk UK team offer free advice to professionals and organisations looking to apply for EU funding. Find out more about the funding schemes and how to get in touch on the Creative Europe Desk UK website.

Following the publication of the Government’s EU negotiation mandate on 27 February 2020, it has become clear that the UK will not be seeking to participate in the next Creative Europe MEDIA programme, due to start in January 2021. The BFI believes there is a clear economic case for continuing to support UK independent film internationally across the ecosystem. We will be talking to Government urgently about the need to provide swift replacement funding as we recognise that this will immediately impact on our industry and business. The BFI has released a statement here.

About Creative Europe

Running from 2014-2020 with a budget of €1.46 billion, Creative Europe succeeds two previous funding programmes (MEDIA and Culture) and helps tens of thousands of professionals and organisations in film, TV, games, publishing, music, heritage and the performing and visual arts through the MEDIA sub-programme and the Culture sub-programme.

Each funding scheme has its own set of guidelines and application forms, known as calls for proposals. Calls for proposals are published throughout a year and can have multiple deadlines. To stay up to date with the latest calls and deadlines, check the deadlines page on the Creative Europe Desk UK website and subscribe to the Creative Europe Desk UK MEDIA newsletter.

Creative Europe Desk UK

Creative Europe Desk UK is the UK information office for Creative Europe, providing help and advice to potential funding applicants from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Your national office would be happy to discuss your Creative Europe funding application with you over the phone, by email or face-to-face: Creative Europe Desk UK contacts.

You can find more information on the Creative Europe Desk UK website and keep informed about current Creative Europe funding opportunities for the audiovisual sector by subscribing to the Creative Europe Desk UK MEDIA mailing list or following them on Facebook and Twitter.

MEDIA funding in the UK

The UK has received €53.2 million of MEDIA funding since Creative Europe began in 2014.

  • €28.7 million in grants has supported 128 UK companies and 53 UK cinemas in the Europa Cinemas network.
  • €24.5 million in investment has supported the distribution of 145 British films in other European countries.

Further details can be found in Creative Europe Desk UK’s annual reports for 2014-152016, and 2017.

Recent grant recipients

Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme supports film, television, new media and video games, offering funding, training and networking opportunities.

Explore the latest results on the Creative Europe Desk UK website.

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