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EURIMAGES is a film funding fund of the Council of Europe . He Europe supports the production of feature films and documentaries and animated films , as co-productions between at least two Member States for a theatrical release are determined. This non-profit organization is also sometimes active in the subsidized distribution of European cinema films abroad, unless the MEDIA program of the European Union has priority.


The legal basis of EURIMAGES is the "Resolution (88) 15 setting up a European support fund for the co-production and distribution of creative cinematographic and audiovisual works (" EURIMAGES ")" from 1988. It is a so-called partial agreement in Council of Europe framework.

The funds flow in the form of "conditionally repayable loans ". The repayment obligation does not begin until the film is released in theaters. The payment is made according to the shares of the participating producers from the net producer proceeds.

EURIMAGES has 37 member states: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal , Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary, Cyprus and Macedonia.

Scope of funding

At its 90th meeting in Dubrovnik from June 28th to 30th, 2004, the board decided to support 12 feature films with a total of 4,645,000 euros. Since its inception, the Council of Europe's Film Fund has supported 1501 European co-productions with a total of 455 million euros. This includes one of the greatest European films - without American participation - the thriller Black Book by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven with a budget of over 17 million euros.

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