1. OBJECTIVES AND DESCRIPTION
This notice is based on the Regulation No 1295/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11/12/2013 concerning the implementation of a programme of support for the European cultural and creative sector (CREATIVE EUROPE) and the corrigendum of the 27/06/20141.
Within the specific objective of promoting transnational circulation, two of the priorities of the MEDIA Sub-programme shall be to:
support transnational marketing, branding and distribution of audiovisual works on all other non-theatrical platforms;
promote new distribution modes in order to allow the emergence of new business models.
The MEDIA Sub-programme shall provide support for the following measures:
2. ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
This scheme is open to entities (private companies, non-profit organisations, associations, charities, foundations, municipalities/Town Councils, etc.) established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme (see below) and owned directly or by majority participation, by nationals from such countries.
Applications from legal entities established in one of the following countries are eligible as long as all conditions referred to in Article 8 of the Regulation establishing the Creative Europe Programme are met and the Commission has entered into negotitations with the country:
− Acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates benefiting from a pre-accession strategy, in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions for the participation of those countries in Union programmes established in the respective Framework Agreements, Association Council Decisions or similar agreements;
− EFTA countries which are members of the EEA, in accordance with the provisions of the EEA Agreement;
− The Swiss Confederation, on the basis of a bilateral agreement to be concluded with that country;
− Countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy in accordance with the procedures established with those countries following the framework agreements providing for their participation in Union programmes.
The Programme shall also be open for bilateral or multilateral cooperation actions targeted at selected countries or regions on the basis of additional appropriations paid by, and specific arrangements to be agreed upon with, those countries or regions.
The Programme shall permit cooperation and joint actions with countries not participating in the Programme and with international organisations which are active in the cultural and creative sectors such as UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development or the World Intellectual Property Organisation on the basis of joint contributions for the realisation of the Programme's objectives.
Proposals from applicants in non EU countries may be selected, provided that, on the date of the award decision, agreements have been signed setting out the arrangements for the participation of those countries in the programme established by the Regulation referred to above.
3. ELIGIBLE ACTIONS
The Online Distribution scheme shall provide support to:
- Action 2: the preparation of digital packages facilitating the commercialisation of European audiovisual works on VOD platforms;
- Action 3: innovative strategies for distribution and promotion of European audiovisual works.
Applicants submitting projects for different actions should provide separate applications for each action.
The action must start between the 01/11/2016 and the 01/01/2017.
The duration of the action is 12 months.
4. AWARD CRITERIA
Eligible applications will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
Action 2: Support to the development of "On Line Ready" packages.
(Please see the Criteria table on public link of the call)
The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at EUR 3.15 M. The indicative split between the two actions will be the following:
- Action 2: an indicative amount of EUR 1.3 M.
- Action 3: an indicative amount of EUR 1.85 M.
The Agency reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available.
6. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS
Proposals must be submitted not later than 21/06/2016 at 12.00 noon (midday Brussels time) using the online application form (eForm). No other method of submission of an application will be accepted.
Applicants shall ensure that all the documents requested and mentioned in the eForms are provided.
7. FULL DETAILS
The full text of the guidelines together with the application forms can be found at the following Internet address:
Applications must comply with all the terms of the guidelines and be submitted on the eForms provided.