Call for proposals MEDIA Sub-programme 2019 - Support for the distribution of non-national Films – the Distribution Selective Scheme EACEA-21-2019 Closed!


Within the specific objective of promoting non-national circulation, one of the priorities of the MEDIA Sub-programme shall be supporting theatrical distribution through non-national 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 activities to be funded are campaigns for the pan-European distribution of eligible European films, outside their country of origin, coordinated by the sales agent of the film.

A minimum of 7 different distributors must be attached to the project. Out of the 7 distributors: at least 3 from high/medium capacity countries 3 and at least 2 from small/very small capacity countries.

The film must have been majority produced by a producer/producers established in countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and made with a significant participation by professionals from those countries.

The film must be a work of fiction (including animated films) or documentary with a minimum duration of 60 minutes long.

The film must not consist in alternative content (operas, concerts, performances, etc.) or advertising, pornographic or racist material or advocate violence.

The production budget of the film cannot exceed EUR 15M€.

For the film to be eligible its first copyright must not have been established before 2019.

The film must be released: between 1st March 2020 and 1st September 2021 (first deadline), between 1st September 2020 and 1st March 2022 (second deadline) for the costs to be eligible.

The action consists into:

  • the coordination of the campaign by the sales agent.
  • the promotion and release of eligible non-national European films by distributors.

The film must have a standard interoperable identifier, such as ISAN or EIDR

European community funding

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

  • 9,85 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 10 December 2019 - almost two years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 16 June 2020 - more than one year 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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