FINANCING TOOLS

WALLONIA – BRUSSELS

Wallonia-Brussels is the Southern part of Belgium. A small region inside a small country at the center of a big Europe. We are a little neighbour but a great partner. We have small companies but make big business. Our heroes are little but we have a great heritage. In short, we are little giants.

Looking at Wallonia-Brussels animation field, you’ll find:

  • Several sources of financing (cultural and economic funds, tax shelter)
  • Tremendous creativity
  • The biggest success stories ever, from Tintin to Smurfs
  • Flexible and reliable partners
  • Technical and esthetical know-how
  • A strong cultural heritage (from paintingto comics, cinema and architecture…)
  • Renowned art schools

Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel

The CCA aims at supporting and promoting audio-visual creation in Wallonia-Brussels. It grants selective supports for writing, development and production for all types of formats (long, short, series) based on the artistic and cultural quality of the projects, being national films or international coproductions. It also grants automatic support for production as well as for promotion and distribution. The CCA is the first support mechanism producers apply to when building up the financing of their majority film. It has launched in 2018 with public broadcaster RTBF “Creanimation”, a program aiming at supporting the development of Wallonia-Brussels animation series.

Tax shelter

The Tax Shelter system is a federal tax incentive aiming at encouraging the production and creation of European audiovisual works. It allows companies wishing to invest and support audiovisual productions to benefit from tax deductions. Each year more than 150.000.000 € are injected in Belgian coproductions.

Wallimage

Active in Wallonia for nearly 20 years, Wallimage covers 20 to 25% of the production costs of your animation projects produced in studios or any other post-production centres in the south of the country. Fully compatible with Tax-Shelter, the Wallimage fund is also characterised by its flexibility and speed of action, investing €6.5 million every year through five calls for projects, each decided in no more than five weeks.

RTBF (Belgian Radio and Television in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation)

RTBF co-produces animated series and indi- vidual programmes rooted in Belgium’s art and literature; it also pays particular atten- tion to projects that stand out for their aes- thetic character. These programmes must be produced or co-produced by independent Belgian companies. Coming soon: Shooom’s Odyssey, Stinky Dog and The Smurfs. In terms of acquisitions, RTBF concentrates on innovative contemporary European ani- mated series for children aged 8 to 10, with a wide range of digital productions such as

Mr Magoo, Arthur and the Children of the Round Table and Mush-Mush and the Mush- ables. RTBF also intends to explore Europe- an and international fiction aimed at 10 to 15-year-olds and at 15 to 18-year-olds.

screen.brussels

Launched in 2016, screen.brussels fund organizes three calls in January, June & September to select projects – animation, film, doc, web, etc. – that have already secured part of their funding (40%) and are expected to spend a minimum of 250,000 € in Brussels. State of the art studios (Walking the Dog, L’Enclume, Panique! MacGuff Belgium, nWaves e.g) are gathered within the ‘Brussels Animation Valley’ with experience in international co-production projects. Their portfolio include Ari Folman’s Anne Frank, Johan Sfar’s Petit Vampire, Ben Stassen’s Bigfoot Junior or Patar & Aubier A Town Called Panic, Mathieu Auvrey’s Jean- Michel, Super Caribou and Tanguy de Kermel‘s SamSam among others.

Additionally, screen.brussels offers a variety of ser- vices to support innovation and internationalization for entrepreneurs and invests in local businesses.