The EU Commission have announced details of the latest Call for Support for Content Development of Single Project 2017. The first deadline for this scheme is November 17th with a second deadline on April 20th.

A few changes to the scheme have been introduced this year, including the criteria that international commercial distribution is required for a previously produced project.

The financial support awarded will take the form of lump sums as follows:

  • €60,000 for Animation projects
  • €25,000 for Creative Documentary Projects
  • €30,000 for Drama if the estimated production budget is > €1.5m
  • €50,000 for Drama if the estimated production budget is =/< €1.5m

This scheme is for independent European production companies (established for at least 12 months) who can demonstrate a recent success, and who wish to develop a new project with international potential for cinema, television or a digital platform for which they own the majority of rights.

Applicants must also be able provide evidence that they were either the sole production company (or the majority producer in a co-production) on an eligible project which has been…

  • produced in the five years preceding the submission of the application
  • and been commercially released or broadcast internationally since 1 January 2014.

If the company doesn’t have the required track record then the personal onscreen producer credit of the Chief Executive or one of the shareholders can be used instead.

Eligible companies can apply for support to develop the following:

  • Projects intended for cinematic release:
- Feature films, animations and creative documentaries (min. length of 60 mins)
  • Projects intended for television (one-off or series):
- Drama (min. length 90 mins)
- Animation (min. length 24 mins)
- Creative documentaries (min. length 50 mins)
  • Projects intended primarily for the purposes of Digital platform exploitation:- Drama (min. length 90 mins) – Animation (min. length 24 mins) – Creative documentaries (min. length 50 mins). For projects presenting a user experience in a non-linear format (e.g. Virtual Reality), these minimums do not apply.

The day of principal photography (or equivalent) of the submitted project must not be scheduled to occur within 8 months from the date of application.

More information and details on making an application can be found on the Creative Europe Desk Ireland website.

Information on Slate funding will be announced next month. There will be only one deadline for Slate funding and applicants can only apply for one of these three deadlines.

Details of the new call for the TV Programming scheme will be announced shortly.

Creative Europe Desk Ireland still have places available on their upcoming Producer Support Masterclass which is taking place at the IFI on September 29th. RSVP is required for this event.

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