Creative Europe MEDIA review FERA contribution

The European Commission has launched an open consultation on the Creative Europe programme 2014-2020, including its MEDIA sub-programme (deadline April 16 2017).
Its objective is to collect feedback from stakeholders on the future of the programme, with a view to designing a potential successor programme.
This review is of great importance to the continuation of MEDIA after 2020 : the impact of Brexit on the programme’s financial structure and scope will be challenging, as well as anti-european tendancies within EU Parliament calling for the cancellation of the programme.

You will find below :
– a summary of FERA’s position,
– and a copy of FERA’s contribution to the open consultation.

Feel free to use them if your organization is planning on contributing.
You can access the consultation page here:
FERA open consultation contribution
available here:

FERA Position Paper on the Creative Europe review available here:

FERA Position Paper
FERA supports the MEDIA sub-programme and acknowledges its past achievements. Its existence and financial integrity are essential incentives to foster the sustainability of an innovative European audiovisual sector.

But the current programme lacks support for audiovisual authors, particularly film and TV directors. This situation is not new, and was already identified by FERA in the evaluation of the 2007-2013 edition of the MEDIA programme.

The European audiovisual landscape is changing rapidly. Its sustainability and creative strength depends on the quality of the works it produces. To fully reach its objectives and promote a high-level of quality to works funded by its different support schemes, the future MEDIA sub-programme must strenghten its focus of talent and creation.

We therefore recommend the following :
•    Introduce a creative networks support scheme open to audiovisual creators (capacity-building),
•    Bring the MEDIA Training support scheme up to speed with current needs of creators (soft skills development, peer-coaching),
•    Development funding : introduce individual grants,
•    Production funding : introduce talent scouting through microbudget programme,
•    Make fair conditions to directors and audiovisual creators a systematic eligibility criteria,
•    Include gender equality as an horizontal requirement in MEDIA support.