Regulations HBF+Europe: Distribution support

Regulations HBF+Europe: Distribution support for International Co-productions:

Key facts 

  • The maximum amount awarded per project is €30,000.
  • In 2017, the HBF+Europe program can support a maximum of 2-3 projects.
  • Only complete applications will be taken into consideration (see Project Submission).
  • In 2017, the HBF+Europe Distribution Support for International Coproductions scheme will work with an open call for proposals in which applications can be submitted year round.
  • Applicants will be notified of selection dates.

Eligibility

Eligible projects:

  • The application should present a distribution strategy of one individual film that covers a minimum of three different territories, of which at least: 
    - one territory participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme
    - one territory not participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme
  • The film for which distribution support is requested should correspond to the following criteria:
    - Narrative feature film (minimum 60 min.). 
    - The director of the film should be a national from one of the countries mentioned on the HBF list of eligible countries
    - The film should be shot one of the eligible countries. 
    - The film concerns an international co-production involving at least one producer participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme and one producer from a country mentioned on the HBF list of eligible countries (that is neither participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme nor a member of Eurimages). 
    - The share of the co-producer(s) coming from countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme should be between 25% and 70%. Please note that the division of shares is not necessarily defined in monetary terms.
  • This distribution strategy should include: 
    - an online strategy, which can be combined with strategies involving other distribution channels or platforms, such as festivals, theatrical, television, DVD or otherwise. 
    - a promotion and publicity plan that also incorporates an online publicity and audience engagement plan. 
  • Please note that an application can be submitted before and after the completion of the film. Eligible costs also apply to those expenses made prior to the world premiere of the film, supporting its international release strategy  in the three territories mentioned above (see ‘Eligible costs/activities’). 
  • The general timeframe of the project should allow all conditions and requirements as mentioned in the contract (see selection process, contracts and payments below) to be finalized within 21 to 12 months after applying. Specific dates will be provided upon selection.

Eligible applicants:

  • The applicant should be a rights holder of the film – or the coordinator of a consortium of rights holders – for the territories in which the action takes place.
  • The applicant should be a company 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 participation in the distribution of at least two international/European coproduced feature films. Applicants should include list of film titles, nature of the partnership, release dates and sales/ distribution results.

Financial eligibility

  • The funding available for distribution support in the framework of HBF+Europe is €30.000 per project, with a maximum of € 15.000 per territory.
  • Funding can be requested to cover costs for Prints and Advertising.
  • The HBF+Europe program can provide support up to 75% of the total budget of the activity.
  • A maximum of 7, 5% of the HBF+Europe grant can be allocated for expenditures on overhead of the partner(s) attached.
  • The budget should include costs reserved for an external auditor.
  • Projects cannot receive funding twice from international coproduction schemes funded by Creative Europe. Please , see here and here and here for a list of all supported programmes.

Eligible costs/activities:

Funding can be requested to cover Prints and Advertising expenses, such as costs for film prints, subtitles, website, posters, trailer, social media and press promotion and/or the costs to hire freelance experts to handle the publicity and promotion in support of the film’s distribution strategy.  Funding can be requested for such expenses made before or after the world premiere of the film, as long as the action for which HBF+Europe funding is requested is finalised within between 12 and 21 months after applying. Specific dates will be provided upon selection.

Requirements for submission 

The HBF+Europe Distribution Support for International Coproductions scheme works with an open call for proposals in which applications can be submitted year round. Selections will be made several times a year. Applications should be submitted to the HBF in digital form. Incomplete applications are not taken into consideration. The application consists of two components: an online application form and a project dossier. 

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