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Creative Europe – European Festivals – 2023

Creative Europe - European Festivals aiming at enhancing the circulation, promotion, online distribution and theatrical distribution of European audiovisual works within the Union

10 million euro

Appeal framework

Program Creative Europe Programme (CREA)
Institution European Commission
Sectors Culture, Media & Communication Technology & Digital
Beneficiaries Large company (> 250 employees) Media & cultural organisation Professional organisation & network Smes & Start-Ups (< 249 Employees)

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To enhance the circulation, promotion, online distribution and theatrical distribution of European audiovisual works within the Union and internationally in the new digital environment, including through innovative business models
  • To promote European audiovisual works, including heritage works, and to support the engagement and development of audiences of all ages, in particular young audiences, across Europe and beyond


  • Priority 1: European audiovisual festivals aiming at increasing audiences’ interest in nonnational European audiovisual content and promoting its circulation and visibility

Among financed actions

  • Adequate strategies to ensure more sustainable and more environmentally-respectful industry and to ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: max 24 months


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • Be established in one of the EU Member States or Creative Europe Participating Countries
  • Only applications from eligible entities organising audiovisual festivals in countries participating in the MEDIA strand will be accepted
  • Eligible audiovisual festivals are those whose:
    • having a clear curation, regulation and selection procedure and screening to the general public as well as accredited international audiovisual professionals and press
    • 50% of the programming for which support is sought should be devoted to non-national European films and audiovisual works from countries participating to the MEDIA strand and presenting a geographical diverse coverage of at least 15 from these countries including low capacity ones
    • having had at least three editions that took place by end of December 2022
  • Total budget of the topic: 10 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 19.000 and 150.000 euro per project.
  • The grant is a lump sum grant

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