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In 2019 Creative Europe supported more than a thousand projects in the field of culture and audiovisuals, for a total of about 190 million euros. This was revealed by the latest report from the EU Commission on the results achieved by the program last year.

Creative Europe, what was funded in 2019?

In detail, 1,375 projects were financed by the Creative Europe program in 2019, 1,156 for the MEDIA sub-program and 219 for the Culture sub-program.

As regards the MEDIA sub-program, the most successful funding scheme is that of automatic film distribution, with 537 projects financed for a total of 23.9 million euros. In the last place we find – with one million euros and only one funded project – film education.

Creative Europe, the 2019 calls for proposals

Moving on to the Culture sub-program, most of the funds (€ 30.8 million) were allocated to 21 large-scale collaboration projects, while small-scale cooperation projects – although more numerous (87) – received 16, 2 million euros. At the end of the ranking are the framework agreements for literary translations, with 16 projects for 1.2 million euros.

Creative Europe, the 2019 calls for proposals

The report shows that the success rate of the proposals presented is not homogeneous. In fact, in the MEDIA sub-program, the success rate was particularly low for the development of video games (22%), film content (21%) and for the call ‘Digital transmission of culture and audiovisual content’ (13%).

In the Culture sub-program, on the other hand, the success rate of cooperation projects has grown progressively, thanks to the greater financial availability and the better quality of the proposals presented.

Who are the main beneficiaries of Creative Europe?

These are mainly small companies, with micro-enterprises leading both in the MEDIA and Culture sub-program.

In particular, in the MEDIA sub-program micro-enterprises represent 71% of the beneficiaries, followed by small (26%) and medium-sized enterprises (3%). Large companies, on the other hand, account for 0.6%.

Creative Europe, the 2019 calls for proposals

Micro-enterprises are also in first place in the Culture sub-program (57.2% of grants for 1,575 beneficiaries); the small enterprises that benefited from EU funds are instead 599 (25.6% of the grants), while the medium enterprises are 418 (5.8% of the grants) and the large enterprises are 306 (11.3% of the grants).

Creative Europe, the 2019 calls for proposals

Graphics by the European Commission.

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