One-euro coins on the flag of the European Union – illustrative photo.
Prague – The European Commission's (EC) Creative Europe grant program distributed a record amount of approximately ten million euros (around 238 million crowns) among Czech projects in 2022. More than 8.5 million euros (202 million crowns) went to audiovisual, 1.6 million euros (38 million crowns) to European cooperation projects. The amount of money received by applicants from the film industry is four times the average amount awarded in previous years. Vlaďka Chytilová, head of the Creative Europe Media Office, told journalists today.
“This is related both to the success rate of Czech applicants and to the higher amounts awarded in areas where the support was intended for two or three years. And also to the new way of reporting results, where it is possible to include the amounts intended for Czech partners in the total support for the Czech Republic projects with a foreign coordinator,” said Chytilová.
Film producers received 946,784 euros (22.52 million crowns) for the development of 28 projects. Thanks to the support, a biographical TV mini-series about the Czech Přemysl princess called Agnes (Já, Anežka) based on the script by Tereza Brdečková is to be created. Several films that received development support in the past were released last year. These included the feature films Il Boemo and Jan Žižka or the documentary Adam Ondra: Push the boundaries. This year, two previously supported films are premiering, the Czech sci-fi film Bod obnovy and the animated film Tonda, Slávka and magical light. In the Films on the Move circuit, which was previously called Selective support, it received support for the distribution of 20 European films in the amount of 324,840 euros (7.7 million crowns).
In 2022, a call was announced for the first time in the area of Development of video games and immersive content, which is now open not only to video game developers, but also to production companies. Kube Games received support in the amount of 150,000 euros (3.59 million crowns) for the Imperiums New World video game. for TV broadcasting, projects for online/VOD platforms are also newly included. In this circle, two Czech companies were successful in the role of partner, which received a total of 1.34 million euros (31.9 million crowns) for the drama series Families Like Ours and Hagen.
The Creative Europe Media program also grants support to festivals or educational projects, where last year the highest amount in the history of the program in the Czech Republic was awarded, namely for three years of activity – 3.39 million euros (80.72 million crowns) for five projects.
In the Creative Europe Culture section, according to representatives of the office, European cooperation projects are the flagship of the program. Other areas of support are literary translations, the development of new talents outside their country or support for European orchestras. A novelty in the current support period are the so-called cascade grants. Their recipients also distribute smaller grants to less experienced subjects – this is mainly Culture Moves Europe, a four-year program to support the mobility of the development of creators and cultural workers.
Creative Europe is an EC program to support the cultural and creative industries, which includes scenic art, visual arts, literature, music, film, television, game industry or cultural heritage. It consists of Media, Culture and interdisciplinary parts. Between 2021 and 2027, the program plans to distribute 2.44 billion euros, more than half of which will go to Media.