Creative Europe is the European Union's financial support programme for the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors in Europe.
Creative Europe Desk UK’s main role is to help promote awareness and understanding of Creative Europe, to provide advice and to encourage cultural organisations to apply. We do this by email, over the phone, in one-to-one consultations and through events, either run by us or in cooperation with other organisations.
Creative Europe Desk UK is led jointly by the British Council and the British Film Institute with partners across the UK and is split into two subprogrammes, Culture and MEDIA. The Culture subprogramme supports the cultural sectors and funds mainly collaborative projects and initiatives across all art forms. The MEDIA sub-programme supports film, television, new media and video games, offering funding, training and networking opportunities.
The UK is one of the top beneficiaries of the Creative Europe programme, with a number of success stories from Northern Ireland, in both Sub-programmes.
Northern Ireland success stories
Recent recipients from Northern Ireland include The Nerve Centre, lead partner on Co-operation Project Future Artist-Maker, in collaboration with University of Limerick and Ultra-lab, Madrid, and Prime Cut Productions who were a partner in EU Collective Plays, a project that promoted the creation of plays that are the result of a collaboration of playwrights of different nationalities involving partners from Italy, Spain, Madrid, Malta, Norway, Montenegro and Belgium.
In the MEDIA sub-programme, recent recipients include indie games development company Italic Pig won funding for development of Mona Lisa: a heist and forgery game set in Renaissance Italy, and Belfast-based production company Sixteen South attracted development funding for projects including The Secret Seven, Frankie & Doris and Elle & Everest.
The following calls are currently open:
Culture: Cooperation Projects - closes 27th November 2019
MEDIA: Support to TV Programming – closes 28th November 2019
MEDIA: Development: Slate Funding – closes 4th February 2020
MEDIA: Access to Markets – closes 6th February 2020
MEDIA: Development: Video Games – closes 12th February 2020
MEDIA: Film Education – closes 12 March 2020
MEDIA: Development: Single Project – closes 12th May 2020
MEDIA: Support to TV Programming – closes 14th May 2020
Creative Europe Desk UK’s programme of events is listed here. New events are added regularly.