Screen Flanders invests 1.4 million EUR in seven new productions
The second season of the international crime series The Team; the historical saga Redbad from Dutch director Roel Reiné (Inhumans, The Admiral); the German-Belgian co-production Brechts Dreigroschenfilm and the animated series Fox and Hare are among the list of productions to have received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund. The funding was awarded in the first call of 2017, during which a total of 1,400,000 EUR (1,570,900 US$) was attributed to a total of seven productions. The amount per project varies between 60,000 EUR (67,325 US$) and 400,000 EUR (448,840 US$). The fund’s investment is set to generate well over 9.32 million EUR (10.46 million US$) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region. The economic leverage of 6.66 created is the highest achieved since the launch of the fund in 2012.
Through the Screen Flanders economic fund, 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 EUR (448,840 US$). Foreign producers can access the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.
International co-productions with Belgium awarded support include the second season of the international crime series The Team directed by Kasper Gaardsoe; the historical saga Redbad from Dutch director Roel Reiné about the epic battle of the Medieval king Redbad against the Christians; the German-Belgian co-production Brechts Dreigroschenfilm; and the French-Belgian co-production A Blue Bird in My Heart (aka The Dishwasher) with Roland Moller (Land of Mine), Lola Le Lann and Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Team S1) in the leading roles.
The fund also invested in content from Flanders including the feature debut of director Maarten Moerkerke (Coppers, 13 Commandments); Verborgen verlangen; the feature Helden boven alles, a spin-off of the local popular TV series Helden; and the animated series Fox and Hare, based on the famous children’s books by Sylvia Vanden Heede with illustrations by Thé Tjong-Khing.
Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of economic and cultural experts. See below for an overview of the projects supported within the framework of the first call of 2017.
A Blue Bird in My Heart (aka The Dishwasher)
Director: Jérémie Guez
Main producer: Atchafalaya Films & Labyrinthe Films (FR)
Belgian co-producer: Umedia Production Services
FR – BE, fiction
Director: Joachim Lang
Main producer: Zeitsprung Pictures (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Velvet Films
DE – BE, fiction
Helden boven alles
Director: Geerard Van de Walle
Belgian producer: Hotel Hungaria
Director: Roel Reiné
Main producer: Farmhouse Film & TV (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Bulletproof Cupid
NL – BE, fiction
The Team S2
Director: Kasper Gaardsoe
Main producer: Network Movie (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Lunanime
DE – DK – BE, fiction
Director: Maarten Moerkerke
Belgian producer: Menuet
Fox and Hare
Director: Tom Van Gestel, Mascha Halberstad
Main Belgian producer: Walking The Dog
BE – NL – LU, animation
Since its launch in 2012, Screen Flanders has awarded over 24.6 million EUR (27.54 million US$) to a total of 118 audiovisual projects. Over the past few years, the fund has contributed to the productions by internationally renowned directors such as Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski), Bille August (55 Steps), Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion), Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Kathrine Windfeld (The Team S1), Cristiano Bortone (Coffee), Jaco Van Dormael (The Brand New Testament), Alex van Warmerdam (Schneider Vs. Bax), Anders Walter (I Kill Giants) and Jon Amiel (The Angel Makers).