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EU funding programme Creative Europe under way

The EU funding programme, Creative Europe, which is designed to support projects in the cultural and creative sectors began on 1 January 2014.

EU funding programme Creative Europe under way © benqook - Fotolia

EU funding programme Creative Europe under way © benqook – Fotolia

Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the EU’s funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors. The programme began on 1 January 2014. Calls for proposals have already been published.

Development projects

Under current calls, the development of commercial projects for cinema, TV und web platforms will be financed.

This includes areas such as creative documentary films, animation films and feature films. Up to 50% of project funding is available.

Automatic points will be given for films aimed at children and youth under 16, as well as for projects which intend to be internationally co-produced.

Applications for individual development projects can be submitted until 28 February 2014 and 6 June 2014. For collaborative projects the deadline is 28 March 2014.

TV Programming

TV programmes covering fiction, animation and documentaries, as well as TV series are eligible for funding under certain circumstances. At least three broadcasters from different member states have to be involved in the co-production.

Applications should be submitted by 28 February 2014 and 13 June 2014.

Video games

The concept development and project development of video games will also receive funding. Applications should be submitted by 28 March 2014.

General requirements

All interested parties must register and apply online at http://ec.europa.eu/education/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html.

Funding will be focused on projects which have the following features:

  • International distribution potential
  • Innovative development and marketing
  • European dimension and financing of the project
  • Experience, potential and adequacy of the production and creative team

Here is an overview of the current funding activities.

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Christian Solmecke is a partner at the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE. He is the author of numerous legal publications in the area of internet and IT law. He is also an associate lecturer for social media law at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

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