Magazine article Screen International

Creative Europe Distribution Grants Revealed

Magazine article Screen International

Creative Europe Distribution Grants Revealed

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Constantin, Golem, Lucky Red receive biggest grants in 2014; Curzon and Distrify benefit from Online Scheme grants.

Every year more than 200 European distribution companies apply to the Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme for support towards distribution of European non-national releases.

In this year's round the most prolific European distributors were Constantin in Austria, Golem Distribucion in Spain and Lucky Red in Italy - each receiving more than [euro]500,000.

The size of the grant companies receive is based on their report on the cinema admissions for the non-national European films they have released in a previous calendar year. The more succesful a film's performace at the box office, the more substantial the grant. The scheme is therefore a reflection of the size of the market for European non-national films in different European countries.

Out of [euro]21.6 million made available by the MEDIA sub-programme the largest amounts went to France ([euro]3.7 million) followed by Germany ([euro]3.5 million), Italy ([euro]2.7 million) and Spain ([euro]1.7 million).

Poland, Belgium, Netherlands and Austria each received in excess of [euro]1 million.

In the UK six distribution companies received just over [euro]300,000 - an amount comparable with that of Norway or Czech Republic. …

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