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11 February 2019 à 10:13

Selective aid for the distribution of feature-length films abroad

In order to strengthen and renew distribution strategies in foreign markets for French cinematographic works, UniFrance, with the support of the CNC, has decided to set up a financial support scheme for the distribution of French films abroad.

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).



Download the application form

Deadline to send your application:

27 May 2021 for the films to be released from 17 June to 15 September. The commission will be held on 17 June 2021.

26 August 2021 for the films to be released from 16 September to mid-November (the exact date will be fixed on 17 June). The commission will be held on 16 September 2021.


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.

For any questions, please contact the relevant territory manager in charge of processing applications at UniFrance: 

Territories: Africa, Greece, Netherlands, Middle East, Turkey, Vietnam, French-speaking territories 

Territories: Central and Eastern Europe 

Territories: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan 

Territories: Spain, Portugal, Latin America

Territory: United States 

Territories: Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan 

Territories: Germany, Austria, Finland, Italy, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Oceania


Manager overseeing the aid scheme and payment: 

• Erell Tanguy –


Author : Erell Tanguy

Latest update : 09 April 2021 à 10:13 CEST

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