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Culture and Creativity

Digital Innovation Hubs help companies take advantage of digital opportunities to improve their processes and products with a view to enhance their competitiveness. EU funding will be made available for hubs that are already (or will be) supported by their Member States (or regions), in order to increase the impact of public funding. The Digital Europe Programme will increase the capacities of the selected hubs to cover activities with a clear European added value, based on networking the hubs and promoting the transfer of expertise.

This funding opportunity supports projects within the cultural and creative sectors. A broad range of activities and initiatives, and a wide range of applicants can be supported. Support is for projects involving transnational cultural cooperation, and which contribute to strengthening the creation and circulation of European artworks and artists transnationally. There is also a focus on funding projects which support the European cultural and creative sectors to nurture talent to innovate, to prosper and to generate jobs and growth.

Every year, the European Commission implements Pilot Projects (PP) and Preparatory Actions (PA) at the request of the European Parliament. The list changes on an annual basis. These actions sometimes target the news media and creative sectors.

The following actions are expected to be launched in 2024 for support in 2025:

The Multimedia Actions aim to strengthen news reporting on EU affairs from European perspectives. They help ensure citizens are aware of the decisions taken by the EU institutions and other topics that affect them at European level. The supported media have their independence contractually guaranteed, so that they can work without interference.

The Commission publishes annual financing decisions, constituting the annual work programme for the implementation of Multimedia Actions. In 2024, three actions will be launched for support in 2025:

The pilot project aims to contribute to a functioning public sphere which equips citizens with news and documentaries in modern audience format, necessary to contribute to European democracy, across borders and available in their own Member State, addressing challenges such as the domination of the European public sphere by a few powerful TV and video news platforms and corporations based outside Europe, and the changing consumer behaviour towards infotainment formats.

Support will be given to European festivals programming a significant proportion of non-national European audiovisual works, aiming at year-long activities targeted to expand and renew audiences and implementing innovative audience outreach activities as well as initiatives for young audiences.

The European co-development action shall support the cooperation among European production companies in developing a single project for commercial exploitation intended for cinema release, television broadcasting or commercial exploitation on digital platforms or a multi-platform environment in the following categories: animation, creative documentary or fiction.

The objective is to support initiatives promoting audience development and engagement, including film education activities, addressing in particular young audiences.

Projects ensuring pan-European cooperation and providing innovative projects, especially using new digital tools aiming at:

The objective of the support to TV and online content is to increase the capacity of audiovisual producers to develop and produce strong projects with significant potential to circulate throughout Europe and beyond, and to facilitate European and international co-productions within the television and online sector.

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