The EU’s Creative Europe funding programme supports the cultural and creative industries in Europe with an overall budget of 1.46 billion Euros between 2014 and 2020. 56 % of the budget is allocated to the MEDIA sub-programme and 31 % to the Culture sub-programme. 13 % is being made available for cross-sector measures. In 2016, a new guarantee fund will be launched to facilitate access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The MEDIA sub-programme supports the development, international circulation and promotion of European audiovisual works as well as the training and international networking of European players.

Who / What is supported?

Production companies

  • Development Single Projects (for cinema, TV, digital platforms)
  • Development Slate Funding (for cinema, TV, digital platforms)
  • TV Programming

Game developers

  • Development of (narrative) Video Games

Distribution & Sales

  • Automatic Distribution Support
  • Selective Distribution Support
  • Sales Agents
  • Online Distribution


  • Film Festivals
  • International Markets, Online Tools for Filmmakers, Promotional Activities

Other support

  • Training Measures
  • Audience Development
  • International Co-production Funds
  • Cinema Networks



Heike Meyer-Döring
Head of Creative Europe Desk NRW
Tel. +49-211-930 50-14
Lea Sprenger
Consultant Creative Europe Desk NRW
Tel. +49-211-930 50-94