Prime Cut Productions was a recent recipient of Creative Europe funding

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:

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
Culture: Cultural Cooperation Projects in the Western Balkans – closes 17th March 2020
Culture:  Music Moves Europe Co-Creation and Co-Production scheme – closes 30th March 2020
MEDIA: Development: Single Project –  closes 12th May 2020
MEDIA: Support to TV Programming – closes 14th May 2020

Upcoming Workshops/events

Creative Europe Presents - Music Moves Europe - Accessing Funding: Output Belfast 2020 – 13th February 2020 - 12.40 pm  @ The MAC, Belfast

Output Belfast is Ireland’s largest one-day music conference that takes place annually in Belfast.  As part of this years programme the Creative Europe Desk UK is hosting a panel discussion on Creative Europe and the music industry.  We’ll be hearing from Paul Pacifico, the CEO of the Association of Independent Music and President of the International Artist Organisation. Paul was part of the working group that initiated Music Moves Europe, the EU’s framework for supporting the industry.  We’ll also be joined by Jess Partridge, who started the Creative Europe funded Keychange project, which addresses gender equality in the business.  Jess will be talking about her experience of accessing Creative Europe funding and sharing this brilliant project with artists and organisations in NI.  We’ll also be outlining some of the opportunities and funding streams available through Creative Europe. To register for this event please visit

 Creative Europe Desk UK’s programme of events is listed here. New events are added regularly. 

If you would like any advice or support in applying, or just want to hear more about how you could access support from Creative Europe, please contact the Creative Europe Desk UK - Northern Ireland Manager, Rosie Le Garsmeur on either or 028 90 192247

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