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Creative Europe – Networks of European Cinemas – 2022

Creative Europe - Networks of European Cinemas, aiming at promoting competitiveness, scalability, cooperation, innovation and sustainability, including through mobility, in the European audiovisual sector.

15 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries Association & NGO
Regions Balkans, Candidate countries, Caucasus, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries

Associated countries and countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature are equally eligible to the grant.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To promote competitiveness, scalability, cooperation, innovation and sustainability, including through mobility, in the European audiovisual sector
  • To enhance the circulation, promotion, online 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, heritage works, and support audience the engagement and development of audiences of all ages, in particular young audiences, across Europe and beyond


  • To encourage cinema operators to screen a significant proportion of non-national European films through incentives and collaborative projects
  • To contribute to raise and increase the interest of the audience for non-national films including through the development of activities for young cinema-goers
  • To help those cinemas to adapt their strategy to the changing environment including by promoting innovative approaches in terms of audience reach and engagement, as well as partnerships with other film industry operators and with local cultural institutions
  • To encourage exchange of best practice, knowledge sharing and other forms of cross border collaboration amongst members of the network
  • To contribute to the policy dialogue on the film industry by collecting data and disseminating the outcome of the activities of the network beyond its members

Among financed actions

  • The action will support a network of European cinema operators screening a significant proportion of non-national European films for an increased audience and a renewed cinema-going experience

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: 18 months


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries
  • The action is open to European cinema networks. A cinema network is a group of European independent cinemas developing, through the medium of a legally constituted co-ordination entity, joint activities in the area of screening and promoting European films
  • To be eligible, the cinema network must represent at least 400 cinemas situated in at least 20 countries participating in the MEDIA strand
  • Only applications by single applicants are allowed
  • Total budget of the topic “Networks of European Cinemas : 15 million euro  
  • Co-financing rate: up to 95% of the total eligible costs 

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