Collaborate to Innovate

Support for innovative and collective initiatives and practices

Collaborate to Innovate

Europa Cinemas is pleased to announce the launch of a new funding scheme, COLLABORATE TO INNOVATE, with the support of Creative Europe/MEDIA.

This new scheme with a total budget of €1 million for 2021, aims to reward outstanding innovative and collaborative projects implemented by several member cinemas from the same country or across borders at European level.

Collaborate to Innovate particularly seeks to support projects which have the potential to inspire other exhibitors in the network and beyond. Successful projects will need to offer evidence of potential impact on the film sector in areas such as the promotion, circulation and visibility of European films; audience development and young audience growth in particular; and enhancing the competitiveness and sustainability of cinemas in their own markets and communities.

Among the main priorities of the scheme will be social inclusion and environmental sustainability.

Europa Cinemas' financial contribution will be a maximum of €100,000 per project and will not exceed:

  • 70% of overall investments for projects submitted mainly by applicants from A and B countries (see guidelines), and where the main expenditure of the project will be in A and B countries.
  • 80% of overall investments for projects submitted mainly by coordinators and partners from C and D countries.

The guidelines for the scheme were designed with the active support of network members.


You can download here the guidelines in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German. The application form, including budget and mandate, needs to be completed online here.


Watch the video of the Collaborate to Innovate guidelines presented by Michael Gubbins during the first Zoom info session here:


The call for applications is presently open and exclusive to members of the network.

If you are a Network member and you plan to implement new and original initiatives aiming at developing new audiences (particularly young ones), using new digital technologies, improving environmental sustainability, contributing to social cohesion within your structure or in your communities, etc., please go ahead and send us your application!

The deadline to fill in and submit an online application is Wednesday 2nd June, 2021 (8:00pm CEST).

We will be launching a series of Zoom sessions where the guidelines will be presented and exhibitors can raise questions about the process, procedures and rules of the scheme.

The sessions will be held in different languages in the upcoming weeks:

Session of 14th April, 2021, 3pm – 5pm CEST (held in English): Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Great Britain, Ireland - Presentation (Pdf)

Session of 21st April, 2021, 3pm – 5pm CEST (held in French): France, Belgium, Luxemburg - Presentation (Pdf)

Session of 22nd April, 2021, 11am – 1pm CEST (held in German): Germany, Austria - Presentation (Pdf)

Session of 22nd April, 2021, 3pm – 5pm CEST (held in Italian): Italy - Presentation (Pdf)

Session of 23rd April, 2021, 11am – 1pm CEST (held in English): Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia

Session of 23rd April, 2021, 3pm – 5pm CEST (held in English):  Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland

Session of 26th April, 2021, 3pm – 5pm CEST (held in Spanish): Spain, Portugal - Presentation (Pdf)

For any additional information or clarification, please check the FAQs and the Collaborate to Innovate page or contact us:


Collaborate to Innovate is also on Facebook!

Join the project and follow the network members in their discussions on the dedicated Facebook group:

This group will offer you the opportunity to exchange and collaborate closely with exhibitors from the Europa Cinemas network, to develop new ideas together, and to actively integrate innovation in cinemas all over Europe


Collaborate to Innovate is an exciting and important scheme, not just for the Europa Cinemas network but for the film industry as a whole as we look beyond the Covid crisis.