The EU Commission have just announced details of the latest Call for Slate funding. This scheme is for independent European production companies (established for at least 36 months) with an International track record who have recently produced an internationally distributed project and wish to develop a slate of projects (3-5) with international potential for cinema, television or a digital platform for which they own the majority of rights.
A Slate Funding application must contain a slate of at least 3 and a maximum of 5 projects. Each project can receive an amount of support between €10,000 and €60,000 provided the amount does not exceed 50% of the eligible costs of the project. The total amount of support that can be allocated under Slate Funding is between €70,000 and €200,000
Eligible companies can apply for support to develop the following:
- Projects intended for theatrical release:?- Feature films, animation and creative documentaries (min. length of 60 mins)
- Projects intended for television (one-off or series) or digital platforms (total user experience):?- Drama (min. length 90 mins)?- Animation (min. length 24 mins)?- Creative documentaries (min. length 50 mins)
- The day of principal photography (or equivalent) of the submitted projects must not be scheduled to occur within 8 months from the date of application.
Applicants must also be able provide evidence that they were either the sole production company (or the majority producer in a co-production) on one eligible project. This project must:
- Meet the minimum lengths listed above
- Have been produced in the last five years
- Have been commercially released or broadcast in at least three countries outside of Ireland since 1 January 2013
- If the company doesn’t have the required track record then the personal on screen producer credit of the Chief Executive or one of the shareholders can be used instead.
The deadline is February 4th 2016 – (11am GMT). Please note that there is only one slate funding deadline per year.