In 2019 the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe supported 25% of all film productions in the EU, similarly to the previous year. It also supported the audiovisual and film sector at every stage of the production cycle: thanks to the programme over 2,200 professionals received training, over 430 film scripts were developed, 44 TV series were produced, 290 films were distributed, and 75 festivals and dozens of companies experimenting with online distribution models were supported. In 2019 alone, 21 MEDIA-funded films received 40 awards at 7 of the world’s most prestigious film festivals.
At the same time the Culture Sub-programme, which fosters collaboration across Europe in performing arts, publishing, architecture and more, brought together more than 3,100 organisations in 501 projects. It also contributed to further digitising the cultural field, as well as to boosting social integration and the inclusion of disadvantaged groups.
Headway was also made in challenges regarding access to finance through the CCS Guarantee Facility, which supported 1,547 CCS SMEs to finance projects worth EUR 1.08 billion, a nearly two-fold increase in the number of SMEs since 2018.
Finally, the report outlines the key elements of the new programme, Creative Europe 2021-2027, which is expected to start in January 2021 and will address the challenges facing the culture and creative sectors due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Commission has suggested that the culture and creative sectors become an essential part of the proposed Recovery Plan for Europe, in view of ensuring their full and swift recovery from the coronavirus crisis as well as their increased competitiveness and resilience.