Call for Applications for the 2021 Croatian Minority Co-production Support Scheme

Pursuant to Article 8 of the Act on Audiovisual Activities (Official Gazette No. 61/18), and in accordance with the Regulations on the procedure, criteria and deadlines for the implementation of the National Programme for the Promotion of Audiovisual Creation (Official Gazette No. 10/20), the Croatian Audiovisual Council, upon the recommendation of the Chief Executive Officer of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, announces the following 

Call for Applications for the 2021 Audiovisual Activities and Production Support Scheme

Category: Production Support for Co-productions with Minority Croatian Participation (Minority Croatian co-productions)

I

Minority Croatian co-productions are considered to be those co-productions in which the Croatian producer’s financing share (including subsidies received from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, producer’s own investment, investment from television, television broadcasting rights, distribution contracts, in-kind investments, etc.) can eventually qualify as an official co-production under the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production and/or any bilateral co-production treaties in force between Croatia and other countries.

Subject to the financial contribution of each co-producing partner, the minority co-production shall include effective technical and artistic participation of Croatian personnel. Additionally, a minimum of 60% of the allocated support shall be spent within the Republic of Croatia.

The Republic of Croatia shall be credited in the co-produced cinematographic work, in order of its participation share and in proportion to the established financial contribution.

II

The following groups of audiovisual works are eligible for consideration under this Call for Applications:  

• feature fiction films,
• debut feature fiction films,
• short fiction films,
• feature documentary films,
• short documentary films,
• animated films,
• experimental films,
• all films in post-production.

The Call for Applications for eligible works, as stated in Section II of this Call, is open to all natural persons and legal entities registered for the performance of activities of the production of audiovisual works in the court registry or other competent registries, and based in the Republic of Croatia or those who perform production activities in the Republic of Croatia and are registered in the HAVC producers’ database.

The eligibility criteria and application procedure for this category are regulated under the General regulations for application, as well as the relevant conditions for this category of support for film production stipulated in Articles 21, 22, 23 and 24 of the Regulations.

III

The following are not eligible for support for film co-productions with minority Croatian participation:

– commissioned films, educational films, audiovisual works intended for marketing or advertising
– producers and/or directors who have violated their contractual obligations towards HAVC or have outstanding past obligations towards HAVC
– producers and/or directors applying with the project for which they have already received support in this category 
– entrepreneurs in financial difficulties as defined by the Commission Regulation (EU) listed in Article 3, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 1 of the Regulations, as well as entrepreneurs in pre-insolvency or insolvency proceedings or run-off management
– applicants who have been instructed to repay funds allocated by public financing and are in the process of repaying previously awarded funds
– applicants who have outstanding and past due obligations for public levies.

IV

Submissions in the category of support for film co-productions with minority Croatian participation are submitted using the Application Form available at HAVC website.

The completed Application Form shall be submitted together with the following documents in Croatian: 

1. The track record of the director’s previous films (success at domestic and international festivals, theatrical admission numbers for Croatia, international sales and distribution of the director’s previous works – theatrical, TV and other platforms), if applicable – listed in the Application Form.
2. The track record of the producer’s previous films – Croatian producer and the main producer (success at domestic and international festival, theatrical admission figures for Croatia, international sales and distribution of the producer’s previous films – theatrical, TV and other platforms), if applicable – listed in the Application Form.
3. Production schedule – listed in the Application Form. 
4. A completed Qualification Test – listed in the Application Form. 
5. Financing plan (indicating all confirmed and planned sources of financing) – listed in the Application Form. 
6. Proof of chain of title, regulated copyright and neighbouring rights (statement or agreement regulating the rights to the screenplay and the original work, in the case of an adaptation of an existing original work. For animated films, additionally, a statement or agreement regulating the right to use the characters.).
7. A financial plan/budget, expressed in Croatian currency (HRK) and in EUR, calculated according to the median exchange rate of the Croatian National Bank valid on the day of the writing of the budget, with the clearly listed date of writing, together with a detailed and itemised expenditure plan for spending within the Republic of Croatia. 
8. A breakdown of co-producing shares and percentages for each co-producing country.
9. A detailed breakdown of Croatian participation in artistic and technical personnel. 
10. Evidence that a minimum of 50% of the overall finance has already been secured, in accordance with the submitted financing plan and preliminary budget.
11. Evidence that a part of financing has already been secured in the country of the majority co-producer.
12. Producer’s general plan of promotion and distribution of the project.
13. A selection of the director’s previous works on a DVD or via link.
14. Proof of solvency of the producer (BON-1) or a certified copy of the Annual Financial Report (GFI) for the previous financial year certified by the Financial Agency, together with BON-2 (not older than 30 days); for users of the double-entry bookkeeping system: a copy of the Annual Report on Income and Expenses, Balance Sheet and Notes to the financial report for the previous calendar year; for users of single-entry bookkeeping: Decision taken by the Representative of the applicant on using single-entry bookkeeping and the application of the monetary unit principle, approved in accordance with the law, together with the Annual Financial Report on Income and Expenses for the previous calendar year. 
15. Excerpt from the competent registry.
16. A statement from the competent tax administration authority about the nonexistence of outstanding and pass due obligations for public levies - not older than 30 days.  

In addition to the above documents in Croatian, the Application Form must also be accompanied by the following:

For feature and short fiction films:  

– Completed screenplay, synopsis (max. 1800 characters with spaces) and Director’s statement.
– For feature films additionally: Director’s note and the breakdown of days of shooting listing individual actors and locations

For debut feature fiction films:

– Completed screenplay, synopsis (max. 1800 characters with spaces) and Director’s statement.
– Director’s note and the breakdown of days of shooting listing individual actors and locations.
– A selection of previous works on DVD or via link.

For feature or short documentary and experimental films:

– Screenplay or treatment, synopsis, Director’s statement; visual material (for experimental film).
– For feature documentary films additionally: overview of already performed research and/or filmed trailer, i.e. video recording enclosed on DVD or via link.   

For animated films:

– Synopsis and/or screenplay accompanied by visuals, a storyboard and Director's statement.   

For all films in post-production:

– Documents as listed above for the corresponding film category, together with the latest rough cut on DVD or via link.
– Detailed breakdown of financing needed in order to complete the film. 

The documents accompanying the Application Form contained in public registries as official records of bodies with public authorities which are available in electronic format (e-government) are considered valid means of providing evidence, under the conditions stipulated by specific legislation.   

If the application is successful and the financing is approved, the applicant shall send all the documentation containing one hard copy of each document to the Croatian Audiovisual Centre prior to the signing of the Co-financing Agreement. 

Pursuant to the decision on the business activities of the Centre during the COVID-19 epidemic (reached in Zagreb, on 20th March, 2020) the following conditions of the Call for Applications have been amended:   

1) The applications are to be submitted electronically only, via the user interface. 
2) In case certain items of the necessary documentation on the part of the applicant can only be obtained by lodging a request in person with the competent institution, another suitable document may be sent to the Centre as proof of the said requirement, notwithstanding the obligation on the part of the applicant to procure and produce the original of said document at the request of the competent office of the Centre or at the moment of signing the Co-financing Agreement.
3) It is not necessary to enclose the Director’s Note with the application.

V

The Application Form and all the accompanying documents are submitted in Croatian language electronically/online, while one hard copy of the Application Form is signed and certified by the applicant, confirming the accuracy and authenticity of statements provided herein and of the accompanying documentation, and sent to the following address: Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Nova Ves 18, 10000 Zagreb, and labelled “Call for Applications for the 2021 Audiovisual Activities and Production Support Scheme - Category: Production Support for Croatian Minority Co-productions”.

Applications should be submitted no later than:     

  • January 20, 2021 – for the 1st decision deadline,
  • April 14, 2021 – for the 2nd decision deadline,
  • July 15, 2021 – for the 3rd decision deadline
  • October 14, 2021 – for the 4th decision deadline

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre reserves the right to modify the above-mentioned submission deadlines, in which case it shall provide due notice via www.havc.hr/eng in the section “Project Funding.”

Complete applications containing all required documentation will be evaluated in consideration of the submission and decision deadlines for each funding category, which are publically available on the web pages of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre. Incomplete applications and/or applications that do not contain all required documentation, as well as late applications will not be taken into consideration.

VI

Pursuant to Article 37 of the Act on Audiovisual Activities, the assessment and evaluation of projects submitted to calls for proposals shall be conducted by the Artistic Consultants appointed for individual categories. There is one Artistic Consultant responsible for the assessment and evaluation of projects submitted in the minority co-production category. 

The Artistic Council, comprised of Artistic Consultants, draws up a proposed priority list of submitted projects and programmes, and recommends the allocation of funds. The proposed priority list is then submitted to the Croatian Audiovisual Council for final approval.

VII

The decisions of the Croatian Audiovisual Council on the allocation of funds represent an act of business of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and will be made publicly available at www.havc.hr. The projects approved for co-financing by the Croatian Audiovisual Council will be co-financed in accordance with the Croatian Audiovisual Centre’s available funds.  

The decisions on the allocation of funds are made no later than 60 days from the final deadline of the Call for Applications.   

VIII

For projects approved for financing, a Co-financing Agreement shall be made between the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, on the one side, and the producer and director on the other, no later than 180 days from the date of the official approval of the project by the Croatian Audiovisual Council.  

IX

The support granted by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre is non-refundable and is added up to any other funds allocated by public financing for the same project.

X

The Call for Applications in the category of Production Support for Co-productions with Minority Croatian Participation is announced through the HAVC web pages, www.havc.hr, and published in the Official Gazette.   

IMPORTANT NOTICE! All users that have already registered through HAVC’s online portal can access the applications using the same username and password. If you haven’t registered yet, we kindly request that you send us an e-mail containing your information (name, address, VAT number) at onlineprijava@havc.hr in order for us to set up your online account. Should a director, screenwriter and/or main production house in a minority coproduction not be listed in the HAVC database, we kindly ask that you send your request to add such information to the database, using the above-mentioned email address. 

In case of any additional questions and/or problems, feel free to call us at +385 1 6041 086. 

Pursuant to the decision on the business activities of the Centre during the COVID-19 epidemic (reached in Zagreb, on 20th March, 2020) the following conditions of the Call for Applications have been amended:   

1) The applications are to be submitted electronically only, via the user interface. 
2) In case certain items of the necessary documentation on the part of the applicant can only be obtained by lodging a request in person with the competent institution, another suitable document may be sent to the Centre as proof of the said requirement, notwithstanding the obligation on the part of the applicant to procure and produce the original of said document at the request of the competent office of the Centre or at the moment of signing the Co-financing Agreement.
3) It is not necessary to enclose the Director’s Note with the application.

In Zagreb on December 16, 2020

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