We serve European and international journalists with our press releases. We regularly publish facts, figures and analysis from our latest publications or conference presentations in the form of press releases targeting the journalist community.

All press releases are available in English, French and German. We also offer free copies of our publications to bona fide journalists who quote our work in their articles or write about our publications.

Our experts and analysts are often solicited to answer journalists' questions and participate in radio and television programmes. We are very glad to do this inasmuch as the work involved in producing our publications allows.

If you wish to join our unique network of journalists covering the audiovisual industries, or simply wish to receive our press releases for information, send an email to the Observatory's Press Officer (see details on the right). We look forward to satisfying your information needs.

For any press releases prior to 2017, please contact [email protected]

Latest press releases

Back Fiction film financing in Europe: Production incentives are rising amid shrinking direct public funding and broadcaster investments

Fiction film financing in Europe: Production incentives are rising amid shrinking direct public funding and broadcaster investments

Download "Fiction film financing in Europe: Overview and trends 2016-2020" here 

How are film budgets and financing structures of European fiction films evolving over time?  

How did the key financing sources develop between 2016 and 2020?

The answers to these questions and more analytical insights are available in the latest Observatory report Fiction film financing in Europe: Overview and trends 2016-2020, which offers a first-time pan-European analysis of the year-by-year development of financing structures for the years 2016-2020.

Key findings include:

  • Close to two-thirds of European films released between 2016 and 2020 had a budget of less than EUR 3 million.
  • Median budgets of films produced in small markets increased noticeably over time, significantly reducing their gap with median budgets of films produced in medium markets.
  • Despite being the largest source of film financing for European fiction feature films, the share of direct public funding consistently decreased over the time period covered, accounting for 24.0% in 2020, compared to 29.4% in 2016.
  • In contrast, the share of production incentives increased significantly, from 9.6% of total financing in 2016 to 17.8% in 2020. This increase stemmed primarily from the growing role of production incentives in medium and large markets. 
  • The growth in the importance of production incentives as a financing source of European films outweighed the decrease in the share of direct public funding. As a result, the financing share of total public support slightly increased from 39.0% in 2106 to 41.8% in 2020. Films with budgets over EUR 5 million (super-high-budget films) registered the highest increase in public support.
  • The importance of broadcaster investments as a financing source declined in large markets. The drop affected first and foremost films with budgets over EUR 3 million.
  • The importance of pre-sales and producer investments remained comparatively steady over time.

The sharp increase of production incentives offset the decrease of direct public funding, causing total public support to slightly increase between 2016 and 2020.

Development of shares of total public support by financing source: 2016-2020

In % shares of annual aggregate financing volumes

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory



This analysis is based on a data sample comprising detailed financing plans for 2 490 European live-action fiction films - theatrically released / scheduled for release between 2016 and 2020 from 18 European countries. The data sample includes both 100% national films as well as European-majority-led co-productions. It covers a cumulative financing volume of EUR 8.12 billion. The data sample is estimated to cover 48% of the total number of European fiction films released between 2016 and 2020.

Strasbourg 16 January 2024
  • Diminuer la taille du texte
  • Augmenter la taille du texte
  • Imprimer la page
Films of the latest Observatory workshops and conferences

Creators in Europe’s Screen Sectors – Sketching Present and Future Challenges - 7 June 2022

The European cinema sector - diverging paths? - 20 May 2023

FOCUS 2023: Key Trends in the Film Sector - 19 May 2023



If you wish to receive our press releases, please send an email to Alison Hindhaugh

  + 33 (0) 3 90 21 60 10 (direct)

Photos and Logos

To download our logo, obtain a photo of our team or our headquarters simply click below.


Watch our videos