Screen Flanders distributes 4,995,000 € among 20 productions
Minister-President of Flanders Kris Peeters presented the list of 20 productions that are to receive support through the new Screen Flanders economic fund. A total amount of €4,995,000 ($6,678,685) is to be distributed in the fund's inaugural call. The next call for projects closes on 28 June. The final call for 2013 opens op 1 September and closes on 25 October. Another €5million will be divided among applicants in both remaining calls.The first call for Screen Flanders ended on 28 February 2013. The selection of projects was made by a jury. A total of € 4,995,000 ($6,678,685) is distributed among 20 productions. Amounts per project vary between €100.000 ($133,700) en €400.000 ($535,000) per project. Money went to 10 live-action features, six animated features, three animated series and one live-action series.
Screen Flanders is an initiative of Kris Peeters, the Minister-President of Flanders who's also responsible for Economic Affairs, and Flanders Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege. The aim of the selective system is to support (co-)productions that are made, in part or entirely, in the Flanders region. One of the conditions is that the project spends a minimum of €250,000 ($334,205) in the region. The 20 supported titles together stand for well over €20 million ($26,7m) of audiovisual expenses in the Flanders region.
Minister-President Kris Peeters: 'With Screen Flanders we created an excellent instrument to attract more international productions to our region, this giving more chances to the exceptional talent that is available in this sector in Flanders. Because of the growing socio-economic importance of this sector in Flanders I, in my capacity as Minister of Economic-Affairs, give this my full support.'
The 20 projects that receive Screen Flanders support can be consulted in the overview supported projects.