Whether you are a seasoned professional with a track record or making your first film finding your way through the co-production maze is difficult. This year at FMX in Stuttgart, Germany (22 to 25 April) I came across Chimney’s Top 100 European Film Funds (The Gateway to European Financing) This book is an invaluable tool for any animator who is looking for co-production and funding opportunities in Europe.
The 175 page book is organized by country, from Armenia to the United Kingdom, and in countries with several diverse regions such as France, the regions are subdivided into regional funding opportunities. Vital information, including available tax shelters, VAT percentage and requirements, and co-production treaties are listed along with contact information. The glossary demystifies terms such as soft money and pari passu and the through indexes list funds by countries, alphabetically, and funding levels. Chimney plans to publish a yearly update to keep information current, and in the next year is planning to create an app with all the information in digital form.