EURIMAGES - European Cinema Support Fund

 

What we do?

 
Missions & Objectives:
Promote the European film industry
 


http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/eurimages/About/default_en-eurimages_coe-1.jpgis the cultural support fund of the Council of Europe. Established in 1989, it currently numbers 36 of the 47 member states of the Strasbourg-based Organisation.

Eurimages promotes the European audiovisual industry by providing financial support to feature films, animations and documentaries produced in Europe. In doing so, it encourages co-operation between professionals established in different European countries.

 

Eurimages has a total annual budget of €25 million. This financial envelope derives essentially from the contributions of the member states as well as returns on the loans it grants.

 

The Board of Management, under the authority of its President, defines the policy of the Fund and takes decisions on support. It meets four times a year in different European cities and is composed of representatives of its member states.

The Secretariat of Eurimages is responsible for implementing the decisions taken by the Board of Management. It maintains contacts with cinema professionals and has the task of assessing applications for funding as well as ensuring the follow-up of support agreements. The Secretariat is based in Strasbourg under the authority of its Executive Director.

Eurimages has four support schemes:

There are four calls for projects per year. The Secretariat applies the eligibility criteria contained in the regulations and reports to the Board of Management. Projects declared eligible by the Secretariat are then evaluated by the Board of Management, which avails itself of the artistic expertise of independent professional script readers. In taking its decisions on the support it grants, the Board of Management applies selection criteria contained in the regulations.

Eurimages support takes the form of soft loans (co-production support) or subsidies (theatrical distribution, exhibition and digital equipment for cinema theatres). Soft loans are repaid on the basis of revenues generated by the projects supported.

This site provides comprehensive information on the four programmes, together with their funding history (co-production, distribution, exhibitions) and the application procedures (coproduction, distribution, exhibitions and theatre digitisation) to be followed.

 
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Info for producers

  • Following the decision of the Eurimages Board of Management meeting in 2009 to carry out in 2014 a study on the functioning and results of the Fund, the Olsberg SPI company established in the United Kingdom has just published its report which you will find here. As an independent study, the contents of this document do not bind or commit in any way the Council of Europe and the Eurimages Fund. The Fund’s Board of Management will now study the recommendations proposed by the Olsberg SPI company.

  • From 1 January 2014, the rules for Eurimages Co-production funding have been modified.

Info for distributors

  • Please note that as from 1 January 2014, Bosnia-Herzegovina is no longer eligible for distribution support.  However, as Switzerland is no longer eligible for support from Creative Europe – MEDIA, they are eligible for distribution support from Eurimages.

  • The Regulations for the New Distribution Support Programme, including the application forms, are now available! NEXT DEADLINE - 20 OCTOBER 2014!

Info for exhibitors

  • Please note that as from 1 January 2014, Bosnia-Herzegovina is no longer eligible for support for theatres. However, although Switzerland is no longer eligible for support from the Creative Europe- MEDIA Initiative, they are eligible for support for theatres.

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