EURIMAGES - European Cinema Support Fund


Film Digitisation support


The support programme for the digitisation of films ended on 1 January 2011. The last support requests were examined at the Board of Management meeting in December 2010.

Between 2007 and 2010, Eurimages has offered digitisation support for the production of DCI-compliant digital masters (minimum 2K) intended for digital cinema projections, VOD, satellite distribution and high resolution internet distribution. This support was destined for producers of films supported by Eurimages through the co-production support programme. In three years, Eurimages has supported the digitisation of more than 60 films for an amount exceeding € 800,000.

Since 1 January 2011, projects supported in the framework of the co-production support programme, must include a digital master copy for cinema release (min. 2K compatible with DCI specifications or ISO norms on D-Cinema). Thus, the production budget must include the relevant costs necessary for the completion of a digital master copy (see Articles 1.1.6 and 1.9.4).


 The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) compilation is a source of basic information for all those interested in digital film support within the Eurimages funding frame. It covers both technical issues of digitisation and Eurimages funding aspects.

 The glossary offers additional information, such as definitions of vocabulary and acronyms usually encountered in digital cinema technology explained in general terms.

 The flow-chart provides an overview of the digitisation process.

 For a more in-depth description of technical aspects, internet platforms, funding institutions, organizations, expert groups and online blogs dealing with digital cinema, please check our link collection.


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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