This aid is at the attention of the distributors and companies registered outside France which hold distribution or use rights to an eligible work under the meaning of the guidelines, and present a release plan for the work that meets the criteria for attribution of the aid.
To consult the conditions regarding the recipients of this aid and the conditions relating to the works, please download the guidelines.
The aid is granted upon the decision of the managing director of Unifrance acting on the recommendation of a commission known as the “foreign distribution aid commission”, made up of industry professionals. Regarding the number of applications likely to be made by foreign distributors, the highly selective nature of the aid is underlined. Not all projected releases will benefit from support. The commission’s decisions will be final and there is no right of appeal.
The provisional annual calendar of commissions is as follows (5 commissions per year): January/February, April/ May, June/July, September/October, December (subject to available budget).
Applications must be received around 3 weeks before the commission (please check the precise schedule hereunder).
Film release windows
From December 7th to February 28th included
Monday 6th of November 2023
Thursday 7th December 2023
From February 29th to mid-april (the exact date will be fixed on February 29th)
Monday 29th of January 2024
Thursday 29th of February 2024
Download the application form
From now on, the applications must be submitted with all the required documentation on the submission deadline, including the letter of support from the sales agent. On this date, if one or more elements are missing, the application will be immediately rejected.
Kindly provide the documents compiled as a single PDF file and in the following order: application form, request letter (detailing release strategy), description of the distributor, marketin plan and promotional campaign if applicable, contract or series of contracts between the distributor and the sales agent, sales agent's reasoned opinion on the release.
For any questions, please contact the relevant territory manager in charge of processing applications at Unifrance:
Territories: Africa, Greece, Netherlands, Middle East, Turkey, French-speaking territories
Territories: Spain, Portugal, Latin America
Territories: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Territory: United States
Territories: South-East Asia, South Korea, Japan
Territories: Central and Eastern Europe, Nordics
Territories: Germany, Austria, Italy, United Kingdom, Oceania
Manager overseeing the aid scheme and payment: