ACM Distribution - Frequently asked questions

Once the subsidy is granted, is it possible for a distributor to be added and participate to the strategy

1- Who can apply ?

2- Must the distribution strategy necessarily encompass several distribution channels (theatrical, TV, DVD, VOD ) ?

3- What are the eligible films ?

4- What are the eligibility criteria for distributors to be part a project? Is there any country excluded ?

5- What is the average amount of the subsidy ?

6- Are projects eligible for a distribution strategy in France ?

7- Do the release strategies of the distributors have to be similar across all territories involved ?

8- If the project concerns several films, do all the films need to be distributed in the same territories and with the same distribution partner ?

9- What are the attribution rules of the total grant among the different partners of the project ?

10- Can I receive at the same time grants from ACM Distribution fund and from other European coproduction funds supported by Europe creative MEDIA (Torino Film Lab Distribution, World Cinema Fund Distribution, Hubert Bals Plus Europe Distribution) ?

11- When should the films be released? Can the release date be earlier than the committee meeting in January 2016 ?

12- In case my project isn't selected, can I apply a second time (for the same film)?

13- Is the number of territories limited?

14- Once the subsidy is granted, is it possible for a distributor to be added and participate to the strategy?



1- Who can apply ?

A European company established in a country participating in the MEDIA sub-programme, which holds rights to the films or by proxy for films supported by the scheme Aide aux cinémas du monde (either by a pre-filming subsidy or by a post-filming subsidy) and which fulfils the other eligibility criteria: production company, distribution company, sales agent, content aggregator, group of distributors.


2- Must the distribution strategy necessarily encompass several distribution channels (theatrical, TV, DVD, VOD ) ?

No, the only requirement is that each project must include at least one online release strategy in one of the targeted country.


3- What are the eligible films ?

Eligible films are listed in a catalogue available on the website: http://www.cnc.fr/web/en/acm-distribution.
The catalogue is updated after every Aide aux cinemas du monde selection committee (4 per year).


4- What are the eligibility criteria for distributors to be part a project? Is there any country excluded ?

Distributors from any country can apply, as co-beneficiaries of the subsidy.


5- What is the average amount of the subsidy ?

There is no maximum amount of the subsidy. In principle, the grant covers up to 50 % of the eligible distribution costs.
The aid can cover up to 80 % of the eligible distribution costs for films qualified as difficult works, i. e. films which have a budget lower than 1 250 000€,  first and second feature films and films co-produced with low-income countries (this list is available here http://www.cnc.fr/web/fr/liste-des-pays-a-faible-ressources (in French).


6- Are projects eligible for a distribution strategy in France ?

 No, a release strategy in France is not eligible and is not covered by ACM Distribution. Other CNC schemes are available for distribution support in France.


7- Do the release strategies of the distributors have to be similar across all territories involved ?

 No, the strategies can be different in the different countries, with different artwork, etc.


8- If the project concerns several films, do all the films need to be distributed in the same territories and with the same distribution partner ?

No


9- What are the attribution rules of the total grant among the different partners of the project ?

The committee will decide the cost-sharing and will accordingly allocate subsidies for each distributor. The strategy can be partially funded, and the territories (beyond 3) might not be all covered.


10- Can I receive at the same time grants from ACM Distribution fund and from other European coproduction funds supported by Europe creative MEDIA (Torino Film Lab Distribution, World Cinema Fund Distribution, Hubert Bals Plus Europe Distribution) ?

Similar costs cannot be covered twice and a same company cannot benefit twice from 2 different European schemes for the same film on same costs.
However, a film that is already part of a project supported by another European coproduction funds but for which a different coordinator has different distribution strategies on different territories is eligible at ACM Distribution.

 

11- When should the films be released? Can the release date be earlier than the committee meeting in January 2016?

On each territory, the release dates should not happen earlier than the application deadline (September 30th).

 

12- In case my project isn't selected, can I apply a second time (for the same film)?

No – unless, if the film hasn’t been released yet, the distribution strategy, the partners and the territories are different.

 

13- Is the number of territories limited?

No.

 

14- Once the subsidy is granted, is it possible for a distributor to be added to the group and participate to the strategy?

No.