European mini-slate development


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 mini-slate development


The objective of the European mini-slate development support is to foster the competitiveness of European independent production companies and to increase their economic weight on the market. The aim is also to increase the capacity of audiovisual producers to develop projects with the potential to circulate throughout Europe and beyond, and to facilitate European and international coproduction.

Detailed Call Description

The support will  provide an entry point for emerging talent, giving them the opportunity to direct a short film supported by the strong foundation provided by experienced companies. Support will be given to independent European production companies able to develop a slate of 2 to 3 audiovisual works (fiction, animation, creative documentary). This should allow production companies to reduce risks and increase their capacity to attract and retain talents.

The European mini-slate development shall provide support to the development of minimum 2 and maximum 3 works for commercial exploitation intended for cinema release, television broadcasting or commercial exploitation on digital platforms or a multi-platform environment in the following categories: animation, creative documentary or fiction. Applicants may add a short film by emerging talent to their slate (optional).

The aim is to provide funds to audiovisual production companies to develop work with high creative value and cultural diversity and wide cross-border exploitation potential. Companies are encouraged to develop strategies for marketing and distribution from the outset of the development phase thus improving the potential to reach audiences at a European and international level.

Greater cooperation, including co-development, between operators from different countries participating in the MEDIA Strand is also pursued as well as strengthening the competitiveness of European audiovisual production companies by consolidating their capacity for investment in the development phase and expanding companies’ activities and their innovation capacity to explore new fields and markets.

Call Total Budget


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

Project budget (maximum grant amount): between EUR€ 60,000 and EUR €310,000 per project.

Thematic Categories

  • Audiovisual sector and Media
  • Culture

Eligibility for Participation

  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Private Bodies
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • 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 with a low audiovisual capacity participating fully in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and be owned directly or indirectly, wholly or by majority participation, by nationals from countries participating fully in the MEDIA strand. When a company is publicly listed, the location of the stock exchange will in principle determine its nationality.
  • be independent European audiovisual production companies that can demonstrate recent experience in producing internationally distributed works.

Following countries are considered as countries with a low audiovisual capacity:

  • LCC group A: Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania
  • LCC group B: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia

The following third countries are also considered within LCC group B, subject to the conditions being fulfilled for their participation in the MEDIA Strand: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Republic of Serbia.

Companies with recent experience in producing internationally distributed works — The applicant must prove it has produced one previous work since 2016 that respects specific conditions (see p. 11-12 of the call document)

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: 28/11/2022-for internal use only)

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