Call for proposals 2020 - Preparatory Action "Cinemas as Innovation Hubs for Local Communities" CNECT/i.3/2020/2738010 Closed!


The preparatory action will test new cinema-going experiences, while taking into account local audiences’ needs, and will focus on:

  • Rethinking the cinema experience in the aftermath of the pandemic crisis with a view of creating innovative cultural venues in particular with cooperation between cinemas and VOD platforms;
  • Audience development and building communities through interactive experiences (offering a wide range of cultural and educational activities).


The following types of activities are eligible, inter alia, under this call for proposals:

  • cross-border cooperation projects among cinema operators, as well as between cinemas, VOD platforms or other cultural organisations;
  • curated and diverse cinema programming of at least 60% of European content (mainly from EU countries) from different genres and formats, embodying European cultural diversity; the programming should present a strong cultural value and might include among others: feature films, TV series, animation, documentaries, heritage films, short formats or innovative content like VR);
  • education activities (including debates or creative workshops also in on-line environment) on topics such as cinema, new audiovisual technologies (VR, cross media etc.) and other cultural activities or performing arts;
  • innovative actions that take into account the effects of the pandemic crisis and revitalising the cinema experience both in real and virtual dimension (i.e. collaboration with VOD platforms)
  • promotion and communication activities related to the action;
  • actions aiming at the creation and improvement of networks, exchanges of good practices;
  • financial support to third parties

European community funding

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

  • 1,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 07 August 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


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