ACP Countries - Alternately called the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The ACP-EU partnership agreement is financed under the European Development Fund (EDF). It includes a support programme for ACP cinema and audiovisual sector.
Action - the "action" covers the preparation and implementation stages as well as the follow-up, evaluation and dissemination of results of the activity(ies) for which the beneficiary receives financial support for a given year, should it be within a Framework Partnership Agreement or within a single grant agreement for an action.
Activity -Defined by a specific content for a specific group of participants at a specific time in a specific location. Generally and in the framework of the current Call for Proposals, referring to professional events such as markets, fairs, forums etc…
Beneficiary – Contractual term for a selected applicant
Call for proposals - an annual funding round by which the funding is allocated for each scheme. Each scheme has only one call for proposals in any year but each call may have different deadlines that you can choose to apply for.
Creative Documentary – Taking as a starting point a real-life subject but develops further thanks to an original script and the director’s point of view.
Contributions in kind –non-financial contributions to the project coming from certain services or equipment/material brought by the promoter or the partners.
Dedicated Bank Account – the bank account opened by the Beneficiary exclusively for the purpose of the Agreement.
Development – The extensive work that is required before principle photography is undertaken; this includes all necessary research, script development, location scouting, casting, crew meetings etc…
Distribution – all forms of commercial release of the work to the public i.e. cinema, television, offline and online distribution for multimedia works.
Eligible costs – the costs directly linked to the execution of the Project receiving support.
European Development Fund (EDF) - The main instrument for European Community aid for development cooperation in ACP countries and the Overseas Countries and Territories.
European Audiovisual Observatory - The European Audiovisual Observatory is a non-profit public service organization within the legal framework of the Council of Europe.
European Production company – A company whose main activity is audiovisual production and which is registered in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA Programme. A European Production company is owned by nationals from these particular countries.
Final report – this is the report which provides details of the eligible costs incurred in the execution of the Project and which shall form the basis for the calculation of the Total Actual Costs of the Project.
Forecast Budget – the detailed budget of the Project.
Financial contributor - any public or private organisation providing a financial contribution to the Action.
Grant – the financial support awarded to the Beneficiary on the basis of the Total Actual Costs.
Independent producer – A producers who is independent of broadcasters.
Independent Production Company – an audiovisual production company which does not have majority control by a television broadcaster, either in shareholding or commercial terms. Majority control is considered to occur when more than 25% of the share capital of a production company held by a single broadcaster.
Low audiovisual production capacity countries - All MEDIA Programme participants fall in this category with the exception of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.
Non-national film – When a film originates from a different country from that of the distributor or Dvd/video publisher.
Pan-European – Refers to the sense of personal identification with European identity and culture.
Participating countries in the MEDIA Programme – All EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland
Promotion – It’s the division within the MEDIA Programme that focuses on schemes that support festivals, markets and promotional agencies. The aim is to increase the networking ability of the European film and television industries.
Pitching – The process by which an author tries to sell his/her idea to producers in roughly 10 to 20 minutes. The author has to express the concept of the film clearly and concisely. The author can also produce a pilot episode or trailer to support his film.
Sales agent – any European company acting as an intermediary agents for the producer, who specialises in the commercial exploitation of a film by marketing and licensing a film to distributors or other purchases for foreign territories.
Slate Funding – One of the MEDIA programme’s scheme aimed at companies with the ability to develop simultaneous projects.
Single Projects – One of the MEDIA programme’s scheme aimed at companies interested in developing a single project.
Third Countries - Any country who is not an EU Member State.
The Programme – the MEDIA Programme (2007 – 2013)
Transnational – Refers to the term used by the MEDIA programme when referring to distribution or movement across borders and between member states of the EU and MEDIA member states.