Call for Proposals -Support for the Distribution of non-national films – Distribution and Sales Agents Automatic Scheme 2020 EACEA-22-2019 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 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


To generate a potential fund and to qualify for reinvestment measures, the film must have been majority produced by a producer/producers established in countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and produced with a significant participation by professionals from those countries.

The film must be a work of fiction, animation or documentary of more than 60 minutes long and from a different country than the country of distribution.

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

For the film to be eligible its first copyright must not have been established before 2016.

The support works in two phases:

  1. The generation of a potential fund which will be calculated according to the performance of the company on the European market during the reference period.
  2. The implementation of the action: the potential fund thus generated by each company must be reinvested in:

Action 1 – Support to Distributors

  • 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; and/or in
  • the release of eligible non-national European films.

Action 2 – Support to Sales Agents

  • minimum guarantees or advances paid for the international sales rights on eligible non-national European films;
  • the promotion, marketing and advertising on the market of eligible non-national European films

The beneficiary will have 18 months to carry out the project.

European community funding

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

  • 27,85 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 08 September 2020 - one year ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 29 October 2020 - 10 months 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:

  • Enterprises

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)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Third countries

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for the Information Society and Media

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