Creative Europe

Imagine. Create. Share

The Creative Europe programme aims to support the European audiovisual, cultural and creative sector. The different funding schemes encourage the audiovisual, cultural and creative players to operate across Europe, to reach new audiences and to develop the skills needed in the digital age. By helping European cultural and audiovisual works to reach audiences in other countries, the programme will also contribute to safeguarding cultural and linguistic diversity. The programme will build on and bring together the former Culture, MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus Programmes (2007-2013).


What is it About?

Cross-border cooperation projects between cultural and creative organisations within the EU and beyond.
Networks helping the cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally and to strengthen their competitiveness.
Translation and promotion of literary works across EU markets.
Platforms of cultural operators promoting emerging artists and stimulating a truly European programming of cultural and artistic works.
Capacity building and professional training for audiovisual professionals.
Development of fiction, animations, creative documentaries and video games for European cinema, television markets and other platforms.
Distribution and sales of audiovisual works in and outside Europe.
Film festivals that promote European films.
Funds for the international co-production of films.
Audience development to foster film literacy and to raise interest in Europe’s films through a wide range of events.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe also supports…

The European Capitals of Culture and the European Heritage Label.
The European prizes for literature, architecture, heritage protection, cinema and rock and pop music.

From 2016 Creative Europe will also include a €121 million financial guarantee instrument to help the culture and creative sectors get better access to finance.

Why Creative Europe?

The cultural and creative sectors embody Europe’s immensely rich and diverse cultural heritage, and contribute to the development of our societies. These sectors play a big role in the European economy and help generate growth and jobs. Creative Europe provides €1.46 billion over seven years to strengthen Europe’s cultural and creative sectors. Filmmakers, distributors, sales agents and other audiovisual professionals will benefit from funding for the development, promotion and distribution of thousands of European films but also artists and cultural professionals, creative organisations, publishers and book lovers. Millions of people will be reached through the projects financed by the programme.

The programme:

– Safeguards and promotes European cultural and linguistic diversity, and fosters Europe’s cultural richness.
– Contributes to Europe’s goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
– Helps the cultural and creative sectors to adapt to the digital age and globalisation.
– Opens up new international opportunities, markets and audiences.
– Builds on the success of the MEDIA, MEDIA Mundus and Culture programmes.