Creative Europe to give an extra €4m to European producers
European producers are to benefit from an extra €4m of annual funding from Creative Europe. Speaking at last week’s Baltic Event in Tallin, EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) head of development Virve Indren also revealed that the annual budget for supporting TV broadcasting will be increased by €1m to €11.8m.
The recently approved Creative Europe is a seven-year programme (from 2014-2020) which replaces the current EU Culture and MEDIA programmes and will provide funding and support to at least “250,000 artists and cultural professionals, 2,000 cinemas, 800 films and 4,500 book translations”.
The news of the extra funding follows on from an already positive reception for the programme. Speaking at the time of its approval, the British Film Institute CEO Amanda Nevill said: “Creative Europe’s approval is a clear and very welcome recognition from the European Parliament of the importance of the creative industries to the wider economy and its major contribution to the growth agenda of Europe and the UK.
“It is more important than ever that culture is supported and I applaud the European Union’s financial commitment over the next seven years for the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors. I wholeheartedly agree with President Barroso’s assertion that culture is not a ‘nice to have’ but a ‘need to have’.”