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Sectors: Culture - Media

Beneficiaries: Corporations, SMEs

Regions: Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries, New Independant States, Switzerland

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European Comission


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The global objective of the “Automatic Scheme” is to encourage and support the wider transnational distribution of recent European films by providing funds to distributors, based upon their performance on the market, for further reinvestment in new non-national European films.

Priorities and funded actions:

– To encourage the development of links between the production and distribution sectors thus improving the competitive position of non-national European films and the competitiveness of European companies 

Among financed actions
The Cinema Automatic scheme works in two phases:
1. The generation of a potential fund, proportional to the number of paying admission tickets sold during the reference period (2015) for non-national European films in countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme, up to a fixed ceiling per film and adjusted for each country.
2. Reinvestment: the potential fund thus generated by each company must be reinvested in: Module 1. the co-production of non-national European films;
Module 2. the acquisition of distribution rights, for example by means of minimum guarantees, of non- national European films; and/or in
Module 3. editing costs (prints, dubbing and subtitling), promotion costs and publicity costs for non- national European films. Reinvestment applications must be sent to the Agency by the deadlines set out in the table below.