HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support

What is HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support?

HBF+Europe offers minority co-production support to European producers to participate in high-quality feature films by talented filmmakers from countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and certain countries in Eastern Europe. The funding is designed for international co-productions, in which at least one European and one non-European producer is involved and the maximum amount awarded per project is € 55,000. For more details, see here.

Which projects are eligible?

Narrative feature length film projects, made by filmmakers with a nationality from and who live in one of the countries mentioned on the DAC-list of the OECD. Films should be shot in one of the aforementioned countries. See here for an overview of all criteria for eligible projects.

Is a co-directed project eligible?

The director(s) of the film should be a national from one of the countries mentioned on the DAC-list of the OECD. If one of the directors is not a national one of these countries, it is not possible to apply. See here for an overview of all criteria for eligible projects.

Who can apply?

The applicant should be a production company that is constituted and active for at least two years in a country participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme and owned - directly or by majority participation - by nationals from such countries. The track record of the applicant should demonstrate a (majority or minority) participation in at least two completed feature films, including one international or European co-produced feature film.

The applicant should apply with a project by an eligible filmmaker (i.e. a filmmaker with a nationality from and who lives in one of the countries mentioned on the DAC-list of the OECD).

How much support can be applied for?

The maximum and fixed amount awarded per project is € 55,000.

When can I apply?

For HBF+Europe Minority Co-production Support: 1 April 2017.

How do I apply?

The HBF works with an online application form that can be accessed by registering through MyIFFR. In addition to the application form, the HBF requests a full project dossier and a completed eligibility form.

What information is required in the dossier I have to submit for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support?

Please see here for a full overview of what to submit.

What is the MEDIA Sub-programme?

The European Commission stipulated that other countries than EU Member States are eligible to participate in activities supported by the Creative Europe programme. Together with the EU member states, these non-EU countries form the list of countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme. Please find the full and most recent list here.

Are there limitations regarding the expected start of shooting?

Yes. To ensure that the applying producer can have a significant creative input in the project it is not possible to apply with an HBF+Europe application if shooting has already started. Since the results of the selection will only be announced three months after the deadline, we can only accept applications that go into production three months after the application deadline.

What does it mean that the project should be finalised before a specific date?

Due to the HBF’s financial obligations, the conditions and requirements as mentioned in the HBF+Europe contract need to be finished by a given date. This means that a final version of the film has been delivered and all payments and reports have been made about twenty months after the application deadline. The premiere of the film may take place at a later date, as long as the HBF has received all deliverables on time.

If our project is not selected for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support, can we make an appeal to this decision?

No, there is no possibility to appeal this decision.

Can selection for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production support be combined with other HBF support?

Yes, but not with all schemes.

HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production support can be combined with the following schemes:

  • HBF Script and Project Development
  • NFF+HBF
  • HBF+Europe: Distribution support

HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production support cannot be combined with the following schemes:

  • HBF Postproduction
Should the project I apply for for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support be selected for HBF Script and Project Development support first?

No.

 There are similar Creative Europe supported programmes, run by other European film funds. Can co-production support of these similar programmes, for the same project, be combined?

No. Projects cannot receive funding twice for co-production from similar co-production programmes funded by Creative Europe. For an overview of these programmes, see here and here and here.

Should you have applied to HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support and one of these similar programmes, please notify us.

Our project is already funded by a regular programme of a fund that also offers a similar Creative Europe programme. Can we still apply for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support?

Yes. All previously existing regular funding can be combined with HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support. However, projects cannot receive funding by Eurimages. Additionally the Creative Europe programmes listed here and here and here, cannot be combined.

Can HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support be combined with Eurimages support?

No.

Can producers from all countries that are members of the MEDIA Sub-programme be the applicant for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support?

Only producers from countries that fully participate in the MEDIA Sub-programme can be the applicant. 

Producers from countries that partially participate in the MEDIA Sub-programme cannot be the applicant for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support. 

Can producers from all countries that are members of Eurimages be the applicant for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support?

Only producers from countries that are members of the MEDIA Sub-programme can be the applicant for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support. This means that producers from countries that are members of Eurimages, but not the MEDIA Sub-programme cannot be the applicant of an HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support application. 

Projects with a co-producer from such country can be eligible for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support, but only if a co-producer from a DAC-listed country, and a co-producer from a MEDIA Sub-programme are also attached. 

Can producers from DAC-listed countries be the applicant for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support?

Only producers from countries that are members of the MEDIA Sub-programme can be the applicant for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support.

Producers from DAC-listed countries, that are also fully participating members of the MEDIA Sub-programme can be the applicant. Producers from countries that partially participate in the MEDIA Sub-programme cannot be the applicant for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support. 

Can the obligatory DAC-listed co-producer of a project also be a member of Eurimages or the MEDIA Sub-programme?

No. 

My project is from a country that is on the DAC-list, but this country is also a member of Eurimages. Is this project eligible for an HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production application?

Yes, if the application consists of an eligible co-production structure.

  • One co-producer from a country participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme, and
  • One co-producer from a DAC-listed country (that is neither participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme nor a member of Eurimages);

Additional co-producers can be part of the co-production structure.

Who selects the projects?

For the HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support and for HBF+Europe: Distribution Support: the committee assessing the projects consists of members from Europe and outside Europe, each with a distinct and relevant expertise and experience within the film industry.

How will the projects be assessed?

Projects that meet the formal criteria for eligibility will be further assessed based on the entry form, additional documents and visual material. An assessment form based on pre-formulated criteria is used and scores will be given on each main selection criteria, with a maximum score of 100 points. See here for the award criteria.

Can we receive feedback why our project was not selected?

Upon request, an overview of the average score can be provided, as well as feedback from the HBF-staff by telephone only.