For what type of projects?

To receive support, an audiovisual work must satisfy the following conditions: 

  • it is a feature-length fiction, documentary or animation film, or a fiction, documentary or animation series. A series must consist of at least three episodes 

A fiction film is an audiovisual, largely live action creation involving mostly fictional characters and events. 

A fiction series is a fiction film in series form. A fiction series qualifies if the episodes tell an on-going story, and it is an international co-production in which the total Belgian share, demonstrated by the entitlements to the earnings (specified in the co-production deal memo or co-production contract) as well as the funding (specified in the funding plan in annex), is less than 50%. 

A documentary film is a non-fiction film that offers a treatment or interpretation of reality, from the personal involvement of the filmmaker, with intrinsic long-term value. In other words, this excludes films that are designed solely to provide information or are merely descriptive, such as corporate videos, educational films, film reports, purely academic documentaries, or contributions to news or current affairs programmes. 

A documentary series is a documentary film in series form. A documentary series qualifies if the episodes tell an on-going story. 

An animation film is an audiovisual project in which the production process essentially uses single-frame techniques, ranging from the filming of puppets, objects and/or drawings (e.g. animated cartoons) to more digital, computer-animated techniques. 

An animation series is an audiovisual film in series form, in which the production process essentially uses single-frame techniques, ranging from the filming of puppets, objects and/or drawings (e.g. animated cartoons) to more digital, computer-animated techniques. 

  • it has a length of at least 60 minutes 
  • at least EUR 250,000 in qualifying expenses (excluding VAT) are incurred in its production (see ‘For what expenses can I apply?’) 
  • it is submitted before the first day of principal photography/animation 

The first day of principle photography is the first day of filming or animation (excluding tests and pilot episodes). 

  • at the time of application, you are able to demonstrate that 50% of the financing of the project has already been secured (see ‘Application Procedure’) 
  • it satisfies at least three (in the case of animation) or four (fiction and documentary) of the following cultural values, also known as the cultural test: o the script is mostly set in Flanders, in Belgium, in another member state of the European Economic Area or in a member state of the European Free Trade Association 
    • the director or script writer resides in Flanders, in Belgium, in another member state of the European Economic Area or in a member state of the European Free Trade Association 
    • one of the leading characters or three of the supporting characters have an association with the Belgian culture 
    • at least one of the leading characters has an association with the Belgian culture 
    • the original script is mostly written in, and the leading characters express themselves in, one of the official languages or regional dialects of Belgium 
    • the script is an adaptation of an original literary work or inspired by another creation known for its cultural interest 
    • the audiovisual work has art or artists as its main theme 
    • the audiovisual work is mostly about historical figures or events 
    • the audiovisual work generally addresses social themes relevant to Belgium or another member state of the European Economic Area or European Free Trade Association, and have a topical, cultural, social or political aspect 
    • the audiovisual work helps bring about a reassessment of Belgian or European audiovisual heritage 
  • it was submitted no more than once previously and received no support when last submitted 

An audiovisual work that was submitted in response to an earlier call and that has essentially the same characteristics is considered a resubmission. 

  • The total state support maximum percentages are respected 

The total state support shall amount to no more than 50% of the total production budget for the project. This percentage rises to 60% for co-productions that receive funding from more than one member state of the EU and that involve producers from more than one member state, and to 75% if it concerns a difficult production: 

  • in the case of fiction and animation: a low-budget project (where the total budget is below EUR 2,500,000), début project, youth project, author's project, Dutch-language project or project based on a subject that touches on Flemish cultural identity or Flemish cultural patrimony and heritage, or which is based on a Dutch-language work 
  • for documentaries of notable artistic or cultural value 

 

Please note! The total state aid is not restricted to aid from a particular member state. It covers aid from all government authorities, including the Belgian Federal Tax Shelter.

The following works do not qualify for support: 

  • works that incite hatred or racial prejudice 
  • works that disrupt public order or good conduct 
  • advertising and information, entertainment, news or sports programmes