UK Animation and EU-Funded Projects: A Small Survey

 In the wake of Brexit, a simple search in the funding MEDIA/ Creative Europe programmes (there are other sources of  European funding available) reveals the UK projects that benefited from EU support.

 Facts and figures were  taken from Creative Europe UK Desk and the website of European Commission.

Only in 2016,  five UK companies (both animation and documentary projects) have been shared  €1.1 million from the €5.3 million available in this funding round.



Shane the Chef, 3D computer animation TV series by Ho-Ho Entertainment (in development, 2016)

Aardman Animation was granted from the EU-funded MEDIA programme (190, 983 euros) for its Shaun the Sheep – The Farmer's Llamas TV programe, which premiered on BBC One on Boxing Day, 2015.



Shaun the Sheep - The Farmer's Llahma, Aardman Animation


The project was supported during its production phase through the TV Programming scheme.


The prestigious (and very relevant for animation) Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival received the sum of 33,000 euros for its 2014 edtion.


The animation feature in development Jasia by Magdalena Osinska and the Bristol-based company ArthurCox received 60,000 euros as a development grant in 2015.

Jasia, ArthurCox Productions

 it is based on the true story of her grandmother's experiences as a seven year old orphaned girl in Poland throughout the Second World War.

The Edinburgh-bashed Red Kite company 356,350 Euros for its Bradley and Bee 52x11' TV series in 2014.


Bradley and Bee


Blue Zoo Productions (Planets: The Greatest Show on Universe), Beakus Animation (Toggle) have all had MEDIA-funded productions.

The future of UK animation within the Creative Europe programme is uncertain.

It may continue as well; after all, there are third, non-EU countries like Serbia and Montenegro, who participate in the programme, but there will be long and hard negotiations -that's for sure.


Vassilis Kroustallis





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