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Creative Europe

(2014-2020) The European Commission's framework programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

Creative Europe is the European Commission's framework programme for supporting the culture and audiovisual sectors.

The Creative Europe programme for 2014-2020 followed on from the previous Culture programme and MEDIA programme. With a budget of €1.46 billion, its aim was to support Europe's cultural and creative sectors.

Creative Europe’s aims for the 2014-2020 funding period were to:

  • help the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation;
  • enable the sectors to reach their economic potential, contributing to sustainable growth, jobs, and social cohesion;
  • give Europe's culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences.

Specifically, this involved providing funding for:

  • artists and cultural professionals,
  • cinemas,
  • films,
  • book translations.

In 2014-2020, Creative Europe encouraged those active in the audiovisual, cultural and creative sectors 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 aimed to contribute to safeguarding cultural and linguistic diversity.

Sub-programmes and strands

The Culture sub-programme aimed to help cultural and creative organisations to operate transnationally, to promote the cross-border circulation of works of culture, and to support the mobility of cultural players. It provided financial support to projects with a European dimension aiming to share cultural content across borders. Funding opportunities covered a diverse range of topics: cooperation projects, literary translation, networks and platforms. The supported activities aimed to enable cultural and creative players to work internationally.

The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe supported the EU film and audiovisual industries financially in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. It helped to launch projects with a European dimension and nurture new technologies. It enabled European films and audiovisual works including feature films, television drama, documentaries and new media to find markets beyond national and European borders; it also funded training and film development schemes.

The Cross-sectoral strand of the Creative Europe programme was designed to serve three primary functions:

  • the establishment of a Guarantee Facility targeting the cultural and creative sectors;
  • the promotion of transnational policy cooperation;
  • supporting a network of Creative Europe Desks.

Further information

The Creative Europe programme for 2021-2027 builds on the successes of its predecessor. To find current funding opportunities offered by the Creative Europe programme for 2021-2027, please see the European Commission’s Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal (F&TP).

If you're looking for additional information about programmes, or if you have specific questions, you can also contact the Creative Europe desks.

To find past calls for proposals, selection results, and any beneficiaries spaces that aren't in the list below, please see the archives here.

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