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Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Union’s funding programme for the audiovisual industry.

Creative Europe is the European Union’s programme to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors.

Activity in the UK is delivered by the Creative Europe Desk UK, a partnership between the British Film Institute and British Council as well as Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Welsh Government with support from the Department of Culture Media and Sport and the European Commission.

The Creative Europe Desk UK team offer free advice to professionals and organisations looking to apply for EU funding. Find out more about the funding schemes and how to get in touch on the CED Desk UK website.

About Creative Europe

Running from 2014-2020 with a budget of €1.46 billion, Creative Europe succeeds two previous funding programmes: MEDIA and Culture and helps tens of thousands of professionals and organisations in film, TV, games, publishing, music, heritage and the performing and visual arts through the MEDIA sub-programme and the Culture sub-programme.

Support for the audiovisual industry is provided through Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme, which has funding schemes for independent producers, theatrical and digital distributors, cinema owners, training providers and organisers of festivals, markets and events.

Each funding scheme has its own set of guidelines and application forms, known as a call for proposal. Calls for proposal are published throughout a year and can have, multiple deadlines. To stay up to date with the latest calls and deadlines, subscribe to the Creative Europe Desk UK newsletter.

Creative Europe Desk UK

Creative Europe Desk UK is the UK information office for Creative Europe, providing help and advice to potential funding applicants from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Your national office in London, Belfast, Cardiff, Manchester, or Glasgow would be happy to discuss your Creative Europe funding application with you over the phone, by email or face-to-face: Creative Europe Desk UK contacts.

You can find more information on the CED UK website and keep informed about current Creative Europe funding opportunities for the audiovisual sector by subscribing to the Creative Europe Desk UK MEDIA mailing list or following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Recent grant recipients

Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme supports film, television, new media and video games, offering funding, training and networking opportunities.

UK recipients of funding in 2017 include:

Explore recent UK funded projects on the CED website or in the publications below.

Recent publications

  • BFI Film Fund

    BFI Film Fund

    The BFI uses National Lottery funds to develop and support original UK filmmakers and films, and to increase the audiences who can enjoy them.

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  • Distribution and exhibition funding

    Distribution and exhibition funding

    We support high-quality British and independent releases, increase film choice for audiences and offer a springboard for UK film exports.

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