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European Mini-Slate Development

June 4 @ 8:00 - 17:00

European mini-slate development (CREA-MEDIA-2024-DEVMINISLATE)









310.000,00 €


Fixed amount



In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)
      • Be established in one of the countries with a low audio-visual capacity that is participating fully in the MEDIA Strand of the Creative Europe Programme and that is owned directly or indirectly, wholly or by majority participation, by nationals from countries participating fully in the MEDIA Strand of the Creative Europe Programme; for publicly listed companies, the location of the stock exchange will in principle determine its nationality

Following countries are considered countries with a low audio-visual capacity:

  • LCC group A: Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Portugal,Romania
  • LCC group B: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg,Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia
  • The following third countries are also considered within LCC group B,subject to the conditions being fulfilled for their participation in theMEDIA Strand: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Lichtenstein,Montenegro, North Macedonia and Republic of Serbia
  • be independent European audiovisual production companies, based incountries with a low audiovisual capacity (LCC group A and LCC group B), thatcan demonstrate recent experience in producing internationally distributedworks

Consortium composition:

Only applications by single applicants are allowed (single beneficiaries)



The objective of the European mini-slate development support is to foster the competitiveness of European independent production companies and to increase their economic weight on the market. The aim is also to increase the capacity of audio-visual producers to develop projects with the potential to circulate throughout Europe and beyond, and to facilitate European and international coproduction.

The support will also provide an entry point for emerging talent, giving them the opportunity to direct a short film supported by the strong foundation provided by experienced companies.

Expected results:

  • A stronger position on European and international markets for companies selected under European mini-slate development
  • Increased quality, feasibility, cross-border potential and market value of European works supported.

Description of the activities to be funded:

  • Support will be given to independent European production companies able to develop a slate of 2 to 3 audio-visual works (fiction, animation, creative documentary). This should allow production companies to reduce risks and increase their capacity to attract and retain talents.
  • The European mini-slate development shall provide support to the development of minimum 2 and maximum 3 works for commercial exploitation intended for cinema release, television broadcasting or commercial exploitation on digital platforms or a multi-platform environment in the following categories: animation, creative documentary or fiction. Applicants may add a short film by emerging talent to their slate (optional).
  • The aim is to provide funds to audio-visual production companies to develop work with high creative value and cultural diversity and wide cross-border exploitation potential. Companies are encouraged to develop strategies for marketing and distribution from the outset of the development phase thus improving the potential to reach audiences at a European and international level.
  • Greater cooperation, including co-development, between operators from different countries participating in the MEDIA Strand is also pursued as well as strengthening the competitiveness of European audio-visual production companies by consolidating their capacity for investment in the development phase and expanding companies’ activities and their innovation capacity to explore new fields and markets.
  • Special attention will be given to applications presenting adequate strategies to ensure a more sustainable and more environmentally-respectful industry and to ensure gender balance, inclusion, diversity and representativeness.


Eligible activities:

Applicants must present a slate including a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 eligible works.

Only the development activities for the following works are eligible:

  • Feature films, animations and creative documentaries of a minimum length of 60 minutes intended primarily for cinematic release
  • Fiction projects (one-off or series) of a total duration of minimum 90 minutes, animation (one-off or series) of a total duration of minimum 24 minutes and creative documentaries (one-off or series) of a total duration of minimum 50 minutes intended primarily for the purposes of television or digital platform exploitation
  • Interactive, non-linear fiction, animation or creative documentary projects (e.g., narrative virtual reality projects) of any duration.


The available call budget is EUR 5.500.000,00 €.

  • Project budget (maximum grant amount): Between 60.000,00 € and 310.000,00 € per application. The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.


The grant will be a lump sum grant. This means that it will reimburse a fixed amount,

based on a lump sum or financing not linked to costs. The amount is prefixed by the

granting authority at:

  • Animation one-off: 55.000,00 €
  • Animation series: 60.000,00 €
  • Creative documentary one-off: 30.000,00 €
  • Creative documentary series: 35.000,00 €
  • Fiction one-off with a production budget below or equal to 5M: 45.000,00 €
  • Fiction one-off with a production budget above 5M: 60.000,00 €
  • Fiction series with a production budget below or equal to 5M: 55.000,00 €
  • Fiction series with a production budget above 5M but below or equal to 20M: 75.000,00 €
  • Fiction series with a production budget above 20M: 100.000,00 €
  • Short film: 10.000,00 €.

Projects should not normally exceed 36 months.

For more details, please see point 10. (Legal and financial set-up of the Grant Agreements) of the European Mini-Slate Development (CREA-MEDIA-2024-DEVMINISLATE) call document.

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NOTE: The Opening Date in the description may not match with real Call Opening Date.



June 4
8:00 - 17:00
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