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Nine projects to receive a total of €2 million in Screen Flanders funding

22/05/2014

Kris Peeters, Minister-President of Flanders, has announced the latest list of projects to receive support through the Screen Flanders Economic Fund. A total of €2 million ($2.74 million) is to be distributed in the Fund's first round of 2014. Nine projects receive support, including work from such established directors as Jaco Van Dormael, Felix van Groeningen and Wim Vandekeybus, as well as the Company Pictures/BBC series Breakdown. Between them, they account for well over €9.3 million ($12.7 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

Through Screen Flanders, the Flanders government provides financial support to audiovisual productions that spend part or all of their budgets within the Flanders Region. Belgian producers can apply for up to €400,000 (just under $550,000). Foreign producers can tap into the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.

The main condition of the fund is that the (co-)production must invest a minimum of €250,000 ($342,000) in the Flanders Region, and every euro awarded to a producer must generate at least 1 euro of audiovisual expenditure in the region.

Screen Flanders's first call of 2014 ended in mid-March and saw a total of €2 million ($2.75 million) shared between nine productions. Amounts per project vary between €100,000 ($137,000) and €400,000 ($550,000). The nine titles together represent well over €9.3 million ($12.7 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of economic and cultural experts.

Since its launch in 2012 Screen Flanders has granted support to a large variety of international co-productions, including Europacorps’ latest animated feature Jack and Cuckoo-Clock Heart, the BBC historical dramaseries The White Queen, DR TV series The Team and Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato.

In 2014 a budget of in total €5 million will be divided among three calls.

The 9 projects that receive Screen Flanders support can be consulted in the overview supported projects.