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Call: European mini-slate development

Acronym CREA-MEDIA-2021
Type of Fund Direct Management
Description of programme
"Creative Europe - Media Strand 2021"

MEDIA actions will reflect the Commission’s structured approach to fundamental societal challenges, which are relevant across our range of support, of the green transition as well as of ensuring diversity and inclusion. Equally, all actions must demonstrate European added value.

The audiovisual sector has been severely hit by the COVID-19 crisis. News publishing saw its advertising revenues drop between 30% and 80% and TV by 20%. European media SMEs face severe liquidity issues, while unemployment has increased, and many creative professionals – particularly those subject to precarious employment conditions or freelancers – have found themselves with no income. Cinemas suffered a collapse in revenues, whilst shooting of new films, programmes and TV series has been in many cases halted. Yet, there are also some winners and these are mainly the global online players, all of which are non- European. The increase in profits of the large data and distribution companies aggravates the global competitive position of the European cultural and creative sector.

In this context the MEDIA strand will contribute to the implementation of the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan (MAAP). It will support short term recovery efforts through a dedicated search tool for media companies on relevant EU funding opportunities, contribute to the launch of the MediaInvest equity investment platform and support collaborative news media partnerships. MEDIA will also support longer term transformation through fostering a European Virtual and Augmented Reality industrial coalition and will facilitate a dialogue with the industry on the objective of climate neutrality by 2050. Finally, MEDIA will help enable citizens and companies by fostering European media talents including by promoting diversity before and behind the camera, and by scouting and supporting media start-ups; strengthening media literacy actions and policy and raising awareness of young audiences about European content; facilitating strengthened cooperation among regulators within the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) to ensure the proper functioning of the EU media market.

The audiovisual industry has already taken some encouraging steps towards greening their practices and the strand  MEDIA will contribute to a climate-neutral audiovisual sector, as envisaged by the MAAP. As of 2021 a policy dialogue on greening will be launched. The Commission will set up a structured cooperation Forum with the industry and (sub)national film and audiovisual funds with the objective of sharing existing best practices, and agreeing on common tools and standards on “green media” applicable to all Member States, including a common carbon calculator. A best practice guide for green production will be prepared with the aim in the medium term to create a ‘green label’ for productions and specific indicators of success.

In parallel, the MEDIA support actions will introduce financial incentives for green practices. Beneficiaries will be required to present greening strategies, air travel will be reduced and greening costs will be funded. Also, the Training & Skills and the Innovative Tools Actions will provide direct support, respectively to strengthen skills on greening strategies and to develop tools for greening measures.

MEDIA schemes will aim at promoting diversity and inclusiveness at all stages of the value chain of the media and the audiovisual sectors. In line with best practices established by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC), the following instruments provisions will be embedded in the support actions:

  • require the applicants to provide a strategy as regards the project or their management practices and describe how they aim to introduce diversity, inclusion and equality,
  • Introduce award criteria to evaluate their strategy.

Furthermore, pro-active measures will be taken, notably dedicated mentoring programmes, studies, training and networking activities and a structured dialogue with news media and audiovisual stakeholders will be pursued. Women are actively engaged in cultural and creative sectors as authors, professionals, teachers, artists and audience. Gender equality is a driver of creativity, economic growth and innovation. The Programme shall promote female talents to develop their skills as well as promoting women participation in the audiovisual sector through the advocacy campaign foreseen in the MAAP.

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European mini-slate development
Description of call
"European mini-slate development"


The objective of the European mini-slate development support is to foster the competitiveness of European independent production companies and to increase their economic weight on the market. The aim is also to increase the capacity of audiovisual producers to develop projects with the potential to circulate throughout Europe and beyond, and to facilitate European and international coproduction.

The support will also provide an entry point for emerging talent, giving them the opportunity to direct a short film supported by the strong foundation provided by experienced companies.

Expected results

  • A stronger position on European and international markets for companies selected under European mini-slate development.
  • Increased quality, feasibility, cross-border potential and market value of European works supported.

Description of the activities to be funded under the call for proposals

The European mini-slate development shall provide support to the development of minimum 2 and maximum 3 works for commercial exploitation intended for cinema release, television broadcasting or commercial exploitation on digital platforms or a multi-platform environment in the following categories: animation, creative documentary or fiction. Applicants may add a short film by emerging talent to their slate (optional).

The aim is to provide funds to audiovisual production companies to develop work with high creative value and cultural diversity and wide cross-border exploitation potential. Companies are encouraged to develop strategies for marketing and distribution from the outset of the development phase thus improving the potential to reach audiences at a European and international level.

Greater cooperation, including co-development, between operators from different countries participating in the MEDIA Strand is also pursued as well as strengthening the competitiveness of European audiovisual production companies by consolidating their capacity for investment in the development phase and expanding companies’ activities and their innovation capacity to explore new fields and markets.

Special attention will be given to applications presenting adequate strategies to ensure a more sustainable and more environmentally-respectful industry and to ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness.

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Thematic Focus Community Integration, European Citizenship, Shared Services, Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Art & Culture, Cultural Heritage, History, Media
Funding area EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Armenia / Հայաստան
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Georgia / საქართველო
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Tunisia / تونس
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Origin of Applicant Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria / България
Croatia / Hrvatska
Cyprus / Κύπρος
Czech Republic / Česká Republika
Estonia / Eesti
Greece / Ελλάδα (Ellada)
Hungary / Magyarország
Iceland / Ísland
Latvia / Latvija
Lithuania / Lietuva
Luxembourg / Luxembourg
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Poland / Polska
Portugal / Portugal
Romania / România
Serbia / Сpбија
Slovakia / Slovensko
Slovenia / Slovenija
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, Public Services, Other, Start Up Company, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association, University
Applicant details

In order to be eligible entities active in cultural and creative sectors must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries (i.e.:Creative Europe Participating Countries, EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories) or non-EUcountries (isted EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative EuropeProgramme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature or be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe Programme and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will betaken into account to determine its nationality.))
  • be independent European audiovisual production companies that can demonstrate recent experience in producing internationally distributed works
  • Creative Europe MEDIA publishes annual calls for European co-development, European slate development and European mini-slate development. Applicants can make only one application either as applicant for European slate development or European mini-slate development, or as project leader(coordinator)for European co-development. However, they can in addition be a partner in a European co-development application
  • beneficiaries of a Creative Europe MEDIA slate funding grant signed during a period of 12 months prior to the deadline for submission of applications, cannot apply for the 2021 European mini-slate development support.

Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person.

Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offerguarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.

Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. Please note that if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible).

Project duration max 36 months
Further info

Proposal page limits and layout:

Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.The Application Form must be prepared by the consortium and submitted by a representative.

Character and page limits:

  • page limit normally 70 pages 
  • supporting documents can be provided as an annex and do not count towards the page limit
  • minimum font size — Arial 9 points 
  • page size: A4 
  • margins (top, bottom, left and right): at least 15 mm (not including headers & footers)
Type of Funding Subsidies
Financial details

Available Budget: EUR 4,000,000.00

Project budget (maximum grant amount): between EUR 60,000 and EUR 310,000 per application

The grant will be a lump sum grant. This means that it will reimburse a fixed amount,based on a lump sum or financing not linked to costs:

  • Animation one-off: EUR 55,000
  • Animation series: EUR 60,000
  • Creative documentary one-off: EUR 30,000
  • Creative documentary series: EUR 35,000
  • Fiction one-off with a production budget below or equal to 5M: EUR 45,000
  • Fiction one-off with a production budget above 5M: EUR 60,000
  • Fiction series with a production budget below or equal to 5M: EUR 55,000
  • Fiction series with a production budget above 5M but below or equal to 20M: EUR 75,000
  • Fiction series with a production budget above 20M: EUR 100,000
  • Short film: EUR 10,000
Submission Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System. Paper submissions are NOTpossible.
Contact Details The website of the  European Commission and the EExcutive Agency for Eduction, Audiovisual and Culture provides detailed infromation on the Creative Europe programme.

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