Development funding has become available from European funding agency Media Desk for the 'development of single projects or slates of projects' in 'fiction, creative documentary or animation.'The overall budget available for the Single Project and Slate Funding scheme under the current call for proposals is €17 million (£15.5m). "Grants of €10,000 - €60,000 [roughly £9,000 - £55,000] are available, with the exception of animation feature-length projects for cinema release for which a maximum of €80,000 is available," says the website.This translates as match funding, with "up to 50% of the development budget submitted with the application… offered as a non-repayable grant."Please note this scheme is intended to fund the development of projects, not the actual production.The Single Project Development funding is "aimed at companies who have produced at least one previous project which has been distributed recently, and now wish to invest in the development of another project… Applications are accepted from European, independent production companies which at the time of applying:
- have been officially registered for at least 12 months
- hold a minimum of 50% of the rights in the project
- can demonstrate a previous track record (as detailed below).
"There are no minimum requirements in terms of the company's turnover or profit, but the company must provide evidence of its financial capacity."
As ever with European funding schemes, there are lots of criteria and guidelines you'll need to read through to ensure you company is eligible for an application. Please ensure you do so using this page. The deadlines for applications are 27th November 2009 and 12th April 2010.
For the more cross-platform minded, there is also a separate €2 million (approximately €1 million = £912,000 per deadline) funding scheme for the Development of Interactive Projects, well worth a look.