Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Commission's framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

Following on from the previous Culture Programme and MEDIA programme , Creative Europe, with a budget of €1.46 billion (9% higher than its predecessors), will support:

The programme consists of two sub-programmes; the Culture sub-programme to promote the culture sector, and the MEDIA sub-programme to support the audiovisual sector.



Target Group
Demonstration and investment activities
Culture, Media
Source Regions
European Union
Source Countries
Eligible Regions
European Union
Eligible Countries
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
Grant Types
Cooperation, collaboration
Funding Bodies
Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish
Support Types
Deadline Date
Programme Owner
Legal Source
Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on establishing the Creative Europe Programme
Supporting Programme
Refering Grants


Creative Europe's stated aims are to:

  • Help the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation;
  • Enable the sectors to reach their economic potential, contributing to sustainable growth, jobs, and social cohesion;
  • Give Europe's culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences.

This will, specifically, involve providing funding for:

  • 2,000 cinemas
  • 800 films
  • 4,500 book translations

A financial guarantee facility of up to €750 million for small businesses active in the sector will also be established in 2016.




Proposal Submission


The indicative budgetary allocation will be 15 % for the Cross-sectoral Strand, 30 % for the Culture Strand and 55% for the MEDIA Strand.

In order to implement the programme, the Commission shall adopt annual work programmes by way of implementing acts in accordance with the advisory procedure. The annual work programmes shall set out the objectives pursued, the expected results, the method of mplementation and the total amount of the financing plan. They shall also contain a description of the actions to be financed, an indication of the amount allocated to each action and an indicative implementation timetable. For grants they shall include the priorities, the essential evaluation criteria and the maximum rate of co-financing.

Funding for:

•Development of European films, TV programmes and games

•Distribution and promotion of European films, festivals, cinema networks

•Training for cultural and creative professionals/artists

•Literary translations

•Cross-border cooperation

Supported activities

Strand I.: Cross-sectoral Strand addressed to all cultural and creative sectors.

The Cultural and Creative Sectors Facility

  • Provide guarantees to appropriate financial intermediaries from any country participating in the Creative Europe Programme;
  • Provide financial intermediaries with additional expertise and capacity to evaluate risks associated with operators in the cultural and creative sectors

Transnational policy cooperation

  • transnational exchange of experiences and knowhow on new business models, peerlearning
  • activities and networking among cultural operators and policy makers
  • market data, studies
  • testing of new and cross-sectoral business approaches
  • conferences, seminars, policy dialogue
  • supoorting the Creative Europe Desks' network

Strand II.: Culture Strand addressed to the cultural and creative sectors.

  • cooperation measures bringing together operators from different countries to undertake sectoral or cross-sectoral activities;
  • activities by European bodies comprising networks of operators from different countries;
  • activities by organisations providing a promotional European platform for the development of emerging talent and stimulating the circulation of artists and works, with a systemic and large scale effect;
  • support for literary translation;
  • special actions aiming to achieve greater visibility for the richness and diversity of European cultures, and stimulate intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, including European cultural prizes, the European Heritage Label, and the European Capitals of Culture.

Strand III.: MEDIA Strand addressed to the audiovisual sector.

  • support the development of a comprehensive offer of new skills acquisition, knowledge sharing and networking initiatives;
  • support audiovisual operators to develop European audiovisual works with enhanced crossborder circulation potential;
  • support activities aiming at facilitating European and international co-productions, including television;
  • facilitate access to professional audiovisual trade events and markets and the use of online business tools inside and outside Europe;
  • establish systems of support for the distribution of non-national European films on all platforms and for international sales activities;
  • facilitate circulation of European films worldwide and of international films in Europe on all platforms;
  • support of a European cinema owners' network screening a significant proportion of nonnational European films, including the integration of digital technologies;
  • support initiatives presenting and promoting a diversity of European audiovisual works; support activities aiming at increasing knowledge and interest of audiences;
  • support innovative actions testing new business models and tools in areas likely to be influenced by the introduction and the use of digital technologies.

Terms And Conditions
Legal basis: Regulation (EU) No 1295/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing the Creative Europe Programme (2014 to 2020)


€1.46 billion

The indicative budgetary allocation will be 15 % for the Cross-sectoral Strand, 30 % for the Culture Strand and 55% for the MEDIA Strand.

Total Funding Amount

EUR 1 462,72 million in current prices

Selection Criteria


The Strands shall be open to the participation of the following countries provided that the conditions are met, including those contained on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services for the MEDIA strand, and additional appropriations are paid:

  • Acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates benefiting from a preaccession strategy, in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions for the participation of those countries in Union programmes established in the respective Framework Agreements, Association Council Decisions or similar agreements;
  • EFTA countries which are members of the EEA, in accordance with the provisions of the EEA Agreement;
  • The Swiss Confederation, on the basis of a bilateral agreement to be concluded with that country;
  • Countries of the European neighbourhood area in accordance with the procedures defined with those countries following the framework agreements providing for their participation in European Union programmes.

The Programme shall be open for bilateral or multilateral cooperation actions targeted at selected countries or regions on the basis of additional appropriations.

Open To

EU and EEA countries.