Support for ACP audiovisual co-production
In April 2019, the ACP-EU Culture Program published its first call for proposals entitled “Support for ACP audiovisual co-production”. It aims to promote the economic and social development of the ACP countries through the development of the audiovisual sector, a vehicle for democratization and human development.
More specifically, the call aims to improve the conditions for the creation and production of audiovisual works in ACP countries, through better access to existing co-production funds; better preparation of the audiovisual sector actors in ACP countries, including through capacity-building and monitoring of funded projects; increased access to and better circulation of these works on national, regional and international markets through ACP-EU co-production and finally, increased and regular access to financing mechanisms for ACP productions.
After evaluating the proposals received, the ACP-EU Culture Program is pleased to announce that a total budget of EUR 5.850.000 will be allocated to three major co-production funds:
- Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin (KBB) GmbH (World Cinema Fund ACP)
- Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (Clap ACP Fund)
- Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée ( DEENTAL Fund)
These grants will be used to finance audiovisual co-productions in addition to co-financing from existing European, ACP or other partner countries’ Funds specialized in supporting the audiovisual sector. Beneficiaries will devote at least 80% of the grant to financial support for third parties, through calls for audiovisual co-production projects published at least once a year.
The three beneficiaries have already set up specific support mechanisms for third parties:
FONDS IMAGES DE LA FRANCOPHONIE (OIF)
Reserved for productions from southern countries members of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the Fonds Images de la Francophonie was endowed with approximately € 1,624,000 in 2020 (including € 1,000,000 allocated by the OIF and around 624,000 euros allocated by the European Union under the ACP-EU Culture programme). These amounts are divided equally between two commissions – “Cinema – fiction” on the one hand and “Documentaries / Series” on the other – each of which meets twice a year. The Fund supports the development, production or postproduction of documentaries and works of fiction or animation in French-speaking countries of the South with low or intermediate incomes (37 eligible countries). In addition to this funding, there are support mechanisms for the development of projects (aid for writing or rewriting scripts, co-production meetings, etc.) that the OIF supports or implements elsewhere.
For more information on the CLAP-ACP fund click here
Rules and deadlines for calls available here
FONDS DE LA JEUNE CREATION FRANCOPHONE (CNC)
The ‘Fund for Young Francophone Creation’ supports projects of different formats: cinema, short and feature films, audiovisual series and web content through the allocation of selective aid that can intervene at the development, production and / or post-production. The engagement of broadcasters within the system also makes it possible to assess the potential for dissemination of projects as soon as they are selected. It is open to film and audiovisual professionals from the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Congo DRC, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Comoros and Mauritius, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Chad, Togo and Haiti.
From this year, within the framework of the ACP-EU Culture programme and the DEENTAL action, the winning projects of the Fund for Young Francophone Creation supported with production aid will also be eligible for the allocation of financial bonuses.
Deadline for applications: March 27, 2020. Rules available here
World Cinema Fund Berlinale (WCF ACP)
The results of a first call for projects within the ‘World Cinema Fund ACP’ scheme, closed in February 2020, is currently being considered for assessment. A new call is expected before the summer. Eligible projects must address the cultural identity of the ACP regions and contribute to the development of the local film industry. The ‘WCF ACP’ complements other budgets for audiovisual co-production. Funding for these projects can be doubled or tripled. The films supported by WCF ACP can be supported up to 200 000 euros.