European Film Distribution


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Creative Europe (CREA)

Programme Description

The Creative Europe Programme supports the culture and audiovisual sectors.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



European Film Distribution


The European Film Distribution support shall encourage and support the wider transnational distribution of recent European films by providing funds to European distributors, based upon their performance on the market, for further reinvestment in the acquisition, promotion and distribution (including online) of recent non-national European films.



Detailed Call Description

There are two phases for the funded activities:

  • The generation of a potential fund which will be attributed according to the performance of the company on the European market.
  •  The implementation of the action – the potential fund thus generated by each company must be reinvested in:
    • the co-production of eligible non-national European films;
    •  the acquisition of distribution rights, for example by means of minimum guarantees, of eligible non-national European films;
    • promotion, marketing and advertising on the market of eligible non-national European films both for theatrical and online releases;
    • activities for eligible non-national European films

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


Project budget (maximum grant amount):  €1,000,000 per project
The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.

Thematic Categories

  • Audiovisual sector and Media
  • Culture

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • International Organisations
  • Investment Funds
  • Large Enterprises
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

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 (list of participating countries)
    • be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and 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
    • be European companies active in the audiovisual sector as cinema / theatrical distributor involved in commercial activity designed to bring to the attention of a wide audience a film for the purpose of exploitation in cinema theatres.

Further details in the call document p. 10

Information for eligible activities in the call document p. 10-17


Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Organization of European Programs & Cultural Relations
Νenant Μbogntanovitz, Business Planning Coordinator
Ifigenias 27, 2007 Acropolis, Nicosia
Contact Phone: +357 7000 1300
Contact Email:

(Publish Date: 24/11/2022-for internal use only)

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