Call for proposals MEDIA Sub-Programme - Support for the Distribution of non - national European Films – the "Cinema Automatic " Scheme EACEA/09/2016 Closed!


 Within the specific objective of promoting transnational circulation, one of the priorities of the MEDIA Sub-
programme is supporting  theatrical  distribution  through  transnational  marketing,  branding, distribution  and exhibition of audiovisual works.

The MEDIA Sub-programme shall provide support for the establishing  systems  of  support  for  the distribution  of  non-national  European  films  through  theatrical distribution  and  on  all  other platforms  as  well  as  for  international  sales  activities,  in  particular  the subtitling, dubbing and audio-description of audiovisual works


 The Cinema Automatic scheme works in two phases: 

  1. The generation of a potential fund, proportional to the number of paying admission tickets sold during the  reference period (2015) for  non-national  European  films  in  countries  participating  in  the  MEDIA Sub-programme, up to a fixed ceiling per film and adjusted for each country.
  2. Reinvestment: the potential fund thus generated by each company must be reinvested in:
    • Module 1. the co-production of non-nationalEuropean films;
    • Module 2. the acquisition of distribution rights, for example by means of minimum guarantees, of non-national European films; and/or in
    • Module 3. editing costs (prints, dubbing and subtitling), promotion costs and publicity costs for non-national European films

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 20,20 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 29 April 2016 - 5 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 01 August 2017 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Education and Culture

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