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Call: Subtitling European cultural TV content across Europe

Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Creative Europe"

Creative Europe's stated aims are to help the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation, enable the sectors to reach their economic potential, contributing to sustainable growth, jobs, and social cohesion, and to give Europe's culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences.
This will, amongst others, involve funding for:

  • artists and cultural professionals
  • cinemas
  • films
  • book translations
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Description of programme
The audiovisual sector is transforming with the rise of digital technology. This creates additional issues, such as the protection of intellectual property, securing access to financing in a relatively new and changing sector, and ensuring the proper distribution of works.
The Media sub-programme, which supports the audiovisual and multimedia sector, provides opportunities for:
  • Initiatives that aim to promote the distribution of works and the access to markets
  • Initiatives for the development of projects or a set of projects (slate funding)
  • Support for the production of television programmes or video games
  • Activities to increase interest in and improve access to audiovisual works
  • Activities that promote interests in films, such as cinema networks or film festivals
  • Measures that facilitate international co-production and strengthen the circulation and distribution of works
  • Activities to build the skills and capacities of audiovisual sector professionals
Subtitling European cultural TV content across Europe
Description of call
"Subtitling European cultural TV content across Europe"
The aim of the Preparatory Action "Subtitling European cultural TV content across Europe" is to try out innovative strategies for the provision of subtitled versions of European factual cultural programming to facilitate cross border on-line dissemination of cultural content.

The Call for proposals aims to meet three specific objectives, namely:

  1. Test new business models for European audiovisual media service providers and assess whether providing subtitled versions of European  TV programmes can help bridge the difficulties caused by linguistic fragmentation and increase audience numbers  both within and beyond the European Union;
  2. Facilitate cross border online dissemination of cultural content which is often slowed down by linguistic borders;
  3. Compare the audience reach of similar audiovisual content with and without subtitling and share the results publicly with EU stakeholders and public policy makers.    
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Thematic Focus Art & Culture, Cultural Heritage, History, Media, Competitiveness, SME, Digitisation, ICT, Telecommunication
Funding area EU Member States
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Eligible applicants Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined)
Applicant details Only applications from legal entities established in the EU Member States are eligible.
Natural persons are not eligible to apply for a grant.
Project duration max 30 months
Further info
The activities shall start not later than in January 2018 and shall be completed by 30th June 2020
Type of Funding Grants
Financial details Maximum co-financing rate of 60% of eligible costs actually incurred.
The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at 1.5 Mio. €
The maximum grant will be 1.5 Mio. €
The Commission expects to fund between 1 and 3 proposals
Submission European Commission
Directorate General Communication Networks, Content and Technology
Directorate I – Unit I3- Audiovisual Industry and Media Support Programmes
Office: BU25 05/130
1049 Brussels
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