ACP Films meeting wrap up to support audiovisual industry


The 1st ACP-EU cultural sectors’ meeting for the current support programme took place in Brussels  on Wednesday 23 March 2011, writes Sylvain Beletre. The objective was to outline the call for proposals and finished with a Q&A session. A second meeting will be organised in Brussels before the final deadline. Attendees included several participants from previous years who shared their experience, issues and achievements.

Previous applicants stressed that participants should pay a great deal of attention to cash flow, partnerships and deadlines. Previous applicants also noted that depending on the size and complexities of the project, it takes between 7 and 30 days to complete the application. The call for proposals’ deadline is set on June 30th 2011.

On the audiovisual front, the aims are to enhance the creation, production, distribution and exchange of audiovisual content in the ACP States and in an interregional ACP context. The other aim is to strengthen the capacities of cultural stakeholders, operators and entrepreneurs in the ACP States.

In terms of priorities, it was outlined that special attention would be given to proposals including partnership with the Caribbean and/or Pacific regions. Emphasis will also be placed on support of South-South cooperation. The proposed actions must take account of the economic and social dimension of culture. Special priority will be given to actions with real relevance and sustainability for ACP final beneficiaries.

One of the conditions of the selection is that the project must be new and should be started when the selection has been officially announced by ACPfilms. Under this new programme, applicants must also assign a dedicated finance and admin person in charge of monitoring day to day finances.

Regarding applicant and partners, non-governmental organisations (NGO) or private sector bodies except public televisions in one case, nationals of one of the eligible ACP States, a European Union applicant or EEA Member State, whose bylaws are registered from at least two years can be selected.

With regards to geographic coverage, actions must take place in one or several eligible countries:
-3 geographical areas (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific).
-6 ACP regions.
- 27 member states of the European Union and 78 eligible ACP States.
- Final beneficiaries must be in ACP countries.
- Cuba, South Africa and Overseas countries and territories (OCTs) are under special rules.

The partnership must include at least three partners, including the applicant, from two ACP states. When partnership involves African countries only, partners must come from two African regions. The number of ACP partners must be higher.

The grant amount is set at 100.000 to 500.000 Euros (up to 800.000 Euro for cinema/audiovisual distribution/promotion), and may not exceed 80% of the eligible budget.

Sectors or themes:

Lot 1: ACP Films II. Cinema/Audiovisual (7 Million Euros)

Documentaries, TV series and films, animation films, full length films, radio programmes, etc.

Distribution and dissemination of ACP works, support for programming of ACP works, broadcasters, networking of professionals, digital dissemination and exploitation, radio programming.

Training/Professional development:
Developing capacities in cinema, audiovisual and radio activities so as to build the professionalism of these sectors in the intra-ACP area through initial or continuing training and training of trainers.

Check Balancing Act’s youtube channel to see participants’ interviews taken during the event.
More information is available at: (lot 1)
Mail your questions:

PS: erratum – last article on ACPFilm from previous newsletter edition: legal assistance has been provided by ACPFilm since start 2010, not 2011.