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10 March 2015 à 15:30

Implementation of reforms to Promotion Aid Schemes on 1 March, 2015

Changes in the economic environment have led the UniFrance Films Short Film Commission to update its Promotion Aid Schemes that were initially put into effect in January 2013.

These funding assistance schemes nonetheless remain dedicated to offering effective and practical support to the distribution of films in foreign markets, and retain two sections of Selective and Automatic Aid.

All production companies that are members of UniFrance Films are eligible for this assistance, and can benefit from a maximum of four Promotion Aid Schemes in any one calendar year (including both Selective and Automatic Aid schemes).

What are the conditions of eligibility for a film?

SELECTIVE AID

  • The film must have been granted a CNC visa (or be in the process of obtaining a visa, in which case the RCA number must be provided).
  • The film must be produced by a company that is a member of UniFrance Films with membership fees duly paid.
  • The film must have been included in a competitive selection at a film festival in France or abroad.
  • The film must be published in the UniFrance Films Short Film Gallery.

AUTOMATIC AID

  • The film must have been granted a CNC visa that was issued less than 18 months before the time of application for this scheme.
  • The film must be produced by a company that is a member of UniFrance Films with membership fees duly paid.
  • The film must meet the following two conditions:
    1. It must have been selected at 12 foreign film festivals.
    2. It must have been selected at 5 foreign film festivals that are supported by UniFrance Films (excluding events directly organized by UniFrance Films).
    3. It must have been selected at 5 foreign film festivals and have signed contracts for 2 sales abroad with a minimum guarantee of €200.
  • It must be published in the UniFrance Films Short Film Gallery.
  • It must not have been granted Selective Aid.

When can a producer apply for these aid schemes?

Selective Aid:

  • The producer must lodge an application with the UniFrance Films Short Film Department within 6 months of the film's first inclusion in a competitive selection at a film festival in France or abroad, and must agree to provide us with the festival's notification of this selection.

Automatic Aid:

  • The producer must lodge an application with the UniFrance Films Short Film Department along with justification of the film's selection at foreign film festivals and/or foreign sales. This assistance scheme may be granted to a film that has been refused Selective Aid or when a film that has not been accepted for Selective Aid satisfies all the requirements for Automatic Aid.

How are these aid schemes allocated?

Selective Aid:

  • Short films that have submitted an application for Selective Aid are viewed by the members of the UniFrance Films Short Film Commission. Following the film screenings, the Commission meets to discuss the applications and a vote is taken to decide on the allocation of the aid schemes, which are provided to films that obtain the majority of votes.

Automatic Aid:

  • If the film for which an application has been lodged meets all the eligibility requirements, the Short Film Department grants Automatic Aid.

What are the lump sum allocations provided?

  • Selective Aid: €1,250
  • Automatic Aid: €1,000

What are the repayment terms?
Following approval, a notification is sent to the film's producer, who agrees to provide the following documents within a period of 4 months:

  • An invoice addressed to UniFrance Films for the amount corresponding to the aid scheme allocated, plus VAT of 20%
  • A copy of supporting documents for expenditure relating exclusively to the promotion of the film in foreign markets. The sum of this expenditure must represent a minimum of 150% of the amount of the aid scheme allocated (excluding taxes). Please note that pro forma quotations and invoices are not accepted.
  • A chart summarizing your expenses (excluding taxes). Each line of this chart must match the supporting documents you provide.
  • An example of promotional material corresponding to the expenditures.

What are the specific cases of festivals that provide eligibility for Automatic Aid?
Automatic Aid is allocated to any film—provided that the film is produced by a company that is a member of UniFrance Films and that it has been granted a CNC visa (or is in the process of obtaining a visa)—that is included in a competitive selection at Cannes (Official Selection), Locarno (Leopards of Tomorrow), Venice, Berlin (Official Selection ), Sundance, and Rotterdam (Tiger Awards Competition). In the case of these selections only, the amount allocated is that which is applied for Selective Aid.

What are the expenses eligible to be claimed for Promotion Aid Schemes?
All expenses claimed must be directly and exclusively related to the promotion of the film in foreign markets.

  • Subtitling costs in any language: translations, adaptations, spotting, simulation, embedding of subtitles, publication of files
  • Production of exhibition material for international distribution, including subtitling: DCP, tapes, digital files, DVD, Blu-Ray, film prints
  • Production of promotional material and costs incurred for any printed matter (such as flyers, postcards, posters) or digital promotional material (website, USB ports, printing of subtitled DVDs)
  • Registration fees for foreign festivals that require admission fees
  • Costs for sending copies of films abroad (excluding postal costs)
  • Travel and/or accommodation expenses for the film's producer or director attending a competitive festival abroad.

Author : Short Film Department

Latest update : 20 October 2016 à 15:30 CEST

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