Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027 CREA2027 Open!


The general objectives of the Programme are to:

  1. safeguard, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage;
  2. increase the competitiveness and the economic potential of the cultural and creative sectors, in particular the audiovisual sector.

 The Programme has the following specific objectives:

  1. to enhance artistic and cultural cooperation at the European level in order to support the creation of European works and strengthen the economic, social and external dimension of and innovation and mobility in Europe’s cultural and creative sectors;
  2. to promote competitiveness, scalability, cooperation, innovation and sustainability, including through mobility, in the European audiovisual sector;
  3. to promote policy cooperation and innovative actions supporting all strands of the Programme and to promote a diverse, independent and pluralistic media environment, and media literacy, thereby fostering freedom of artistic expression, intercultural dialogue and social inclusion.

 The Programme shall cover the following strands:

  1. the Culture strand, which covers cultural and creative sectors with the exception of the audiovisual sector;
  2. the Media strand, which covers the audiovisual sector;
  3. the Cross-sectoral strand, which covers actions across all cultural and creative sectors.


The priorities of the Culture strand, including with the aim of strengthening the circulation of European works in a digital and multilingual environment, and where appropriate, by means of translation, regardless of the type of medium used, through the following actions, the details of which, including possible higher co-financing rates for small-scale projects, shall be defined in the work programmes:
Horizontal actions aim to support all the cultural and creative sectors, with the exception of the audiovisual sector, in addressing common challenges they face at European level. In particular, horizontal actions shall co-finance transnational projects for collaboration, networking, mobility and internationalisation, including through residency programmes, touring, events, exhibitions and festivals. The following horizontal actions shall be supported under the Programme:

  1. transnational cooperation projects that bring together organisations in the cultural and creative sectors of all sizes, including micro-organisations and small-sized organisations, and from different countries to undertake sectoral or cross-sectoral activities;
  2. European networks of organisations in the cultural and creative sectors from different countries;
  3. cultural and creative pan-European platforms;
  4. transnational mobility of artists and operators in the cultural and creative sectors and the transnational circulation of artistic and cultural works;
  5. support, including in terms of capacity building, to organisations in the cultural and creative sectors in order to help them operate at the international level;
  6. policy development, cooperation and implementation in the field of culture, including through the provision of data and the exchange of best practices, pilot projects and incentives to promote gender equality.

The priorities of the Media strand shall be pursued through the following actions:

  1. the development of audiovisual works by European independent production companies, covering a variety of formats (such as feature films, short films, series, documentaries and narrative video games) and genres, and targeting diverse audiences, including children and young people;
  2. the production of innovative and quality TV content and serial storytelling, addressing diverse audiences, by European independent production companies;
  3. promotion and marketing tools, including online and through the use of data analytics, to increase the prominence, visibility, cross-border access, and audience reach of European works;
  4. support to international sales and circulation of non-national European works on all platforms (e.g. cinema theatres, online) targeting both small and large-sized productions, including through coordinated distribution strategies covering several countries and encouraging the use of subtitling, dubbing and, where applicable, audio description tools;
  5. support to the multilingual access to cultural TV programmes online through subtitling;
  6. support to networking activities for audiovisual professionals, including creators, and business-to-business exchanges to nurture and promote talent in the European audiovisual sector, and facilitate the development and distribution of European and international co-creations and co-productions;
  7. support to activities of European audiovisual operators at industry events and fairs in Europe and beyond;
  8. support to the visibility and outreach of European films and audiovisual creations aimed at wide European audiences beyond national borders, especially young people and multipliers, including through the organisation of screenings, communication, dissemination and promotion activities in support of European Awards, in particular ‘LUX - the European Audience Film Award by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy’;
  9. initiatives promoting audience development and engagement, including film education activities, addressing in particular young audiences;
  10. training and mentoring activities to enhance the capacity of audiovisual professionals to adapt to new creative processes, market developments and digital technologies that affect the whole value chain;
  11. a network or networks of European Video on Demand operators, screening a significant proportion of non-national European works;
  12. European festivals and a European festivals’ network or European festivals’ networks screening a significant proportion of non-national European works, while preserving their identity and unique profile;
  13. a European cinema operators’ network, with a broad geographic coverage, screening a significant proportion of non-national European films, fostering the role of European cinemas in the circulation of European works;
  14. specific measures to contribute to a more balanced gender participation in the audiovisual sector, including studies, mentoring, training and networking activities;
  15. support to policy dialogue, innovative policy actions and exchange of best practices – including through analytical activities and the provision of reliable data;
  16. transnational exchange of experiences and know-how, peer learning activities and networking among the audiovisual sector and policy makers.

The priorities of the Cross-sectoral strand shall be pursued through the following actions:

  1. Policy cooperation and outreach actions  
  2. The ‘creative innovation lab’ actions
  3. The ‘Programme desks’ actions
  4. Cross-cutting actions that support the news media sector


European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 1.842,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)