Euro Connection

Euro Connection 2021

IndieCork is delighted to be the Irish partner for this important co-production platform for short films. Please contact una@indiecork.com if you are a producer interested in applying for this competitive scheme. The deadline for this application is October 20th 2020.

Euro Connection is the main platform for the co-production of short films. This pitching and networking event aims at fostering partnerships between production companies within Europe around short film projects.

The 13th edition of Euro Connection will take place on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 February 2021 during the Short Film Market in Clermont-Ferrand, with support from the Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme and the PROCIREP.

What is Euro Connection?

Euro Connection is a co-production forum designed for European producers, broadcasters, distributors and financial backers looking for international co-production partners or projects.

Euro Connection brings together:
  • 14 European projects that are selected for pitching
  • A dozen producers invited as part of the Producers Focus
  • An overall industry audience of 150 producers and production partners from Europe

Our annual call for projects is launched across Europe and results in the selection of 14 projects whose producers are invited to pitch at Euro Connection and network with the participating industry audience of potential co-producers.

The event revolves around:
  • Pitch training (Monday 1 February 2021)
  • Pitching sessions (Tuesday 2 February)
  • Facilitated networking for producers and participants.
  • One-on-one business meetings (Wednesday 3 February)

Some 150 industry delegates take part in Euro Connection each year. 100 films were completed, including 51 international co-productions, as a result from past editions.

Taking part in Euro Connection

Pitching a European project

Producers willing to pitch a short film project at Euro Connection and whose company is based in a European country associated to the event must send their application by email no later than October 20, 2020 to the national correspondent in their country (see list below).

Requirements

May apply producers legally based in one of the countries associated to Euro Connection 2021 (see p.6).

All projects must match the following criteria:
  • The project is a short film (animation, fiction, creative documentary)
  • The duration does not exceed 30 minutes
  • The project must have partial funding* in place granted from an external source (third party organisation)
  • The producer intends to develop the film as an international co production
  • Shooting or production shall start no earlier than June 2020

Partial funding here means financial support secured towards the development or production of the project. It must have been granted by a third-party organisation (i.e: script development grant, production fund, state or local government support, co-financing from a broadcaster, prize money from a foundation or contest, etc.).

In-kind contributions, services, valorisation or investment share from the original production company or affiliated partners are not considered valid as acquired partial funding in the respect of this selection process.

No minimum amount or percentage is required. Projects can indifferently be in an early or advanced stage of funding.

Any producer applying with a project formally commits to attend Euro Connection in person in Clermont-Ferrand in case of selection.

Selection of projects

In each country the national correspondent collects applications, checks eligibility, and sets up an expert committee to nominate 1 finalist project. Expert committees will especially pay attention to the artistic value of the projects. Each national correspondent will inform the applicants of the results of the nomination of the finalist project. The producers of the finalist projects will then be required to send an English version of their application (including script) within 7 days (for producers who apply to their correspondents with an application in another language than English).

A European jury will then select up to 13 projects from all the finalist projects. The jury will include 3 industry professionals from different nationalities. All finalist participants will be informed of the list of selected projects for Euro Connection by the end of November 2020.