Creative Europe’s investments in the UK remain healthy
by Kaleem Aftab
- The Creative Europe in the UK 2018 report reveals that the EU programme invested €15.9 million in boosting the UK’s creative sectors in 2018
The 2018 figures for Creative Europe have been published, showing that despite ongoing political uncertainty in the face of Brexit, a total of €15.9 million have been invested through the EU programme, enabling UK-European collaborations to succeed.
The €15.9 million figure includes €3.5 million through the Culture sub-programme and €12.2 million through the MEDIA sub-programme, €5.9 million of which supported distributors of UK films in other European countries.
The Creative Europe in the UK report focuses on the 2018 results for the Culture and MEDIA sub-programmes as well as the Cross-Sector strand, looking in detail at how the UK has benefited from Creative Europe’s funding and opportunities. MEDIA supported six films in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, including two UK titles fighting for the Palme d’Or: Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You and Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe.
The director of Creative Europe Desk UK, Agnieszka Moody, said: “The 2018 report shows that UK producers, arts organisations, festivals and projects have been able to maintain their commitment to working with Europe during what has been a challenging time for cross-border collaboration.”
2018 also saw the publication of the Impact Report of Creative Europe, evidencing that Creative Europe’s value to the UK goes far beyond grant funding. This EU-run programme has proven to be crucial in supporting the UK creative and cultural industries, helping them to grow, build international networks, generate jobs and skills, grow audiences and markets, experiment, upskill, and also make meaningful impacts in areas such as disability, diversity, youth and combating exclusion, both locally and internationally.
The 2018 results bring the total to €89.5 million since the inception of Creative Europe for UK sectors back in 2014. The programme has supported over 338 UK cultural and creative organisations and audiovisual companies to date. This includes €30.4 million which served to support the distribution of 190 British films in other European countries.
The UK’s film, TV and video-game industries benefited particularly strongly from Creative Europe's MEDIA sub-programme in 2018. Grants totalling €12.2 million were awarded to 35 UK companies and 42 British cinemas within the Europa Cinemas network, and served to bolster the distribution of 63 UK films elsewhere in Europe. These pictures included Beast, On Chesil Beach and Aardman’s Early Man, which saw their distribution supported in other European countries with a €6 million investment. Likewise, movies from elsewhere in Europe received support for their release in the UK, such as Girl (Belgium/Netherlands) and The Apparition (France) as well as the co-production Cold War (Poland/UK/France).
Ten British production companies received €600,000 for the development of films, TV and digital platforms. Among the supported companies are Wildgaze Films, Origin Pictures, Kindle Entertainment and Banyak Films. Forty-two UK cinemas across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are members of the Europa Cinemas network and received a total of €262,964 from Creative Europe for bringing European cinema to their local audiences. Online audiences were also catered for with VoD services MUBI, Walter Presents and BFI Player receiving grants totalling €1.8 million to champion European film and TV on their platforms.
Finally, over 180 UK audiovisual professionals attended Creative Europe-funded training courses. Over 60 courses are supported, three of which are led by British training organisations.
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