Screen Flanders invests 1,985,000 EUR in 10 new productions
Screen Flanders is to invest 1,985,000 EUR (2,317,486 US$)in 10 new audiovisual productions. Projects receiving funding in the fund’s first call of 2018 include Eran Riklis’ action thriller Spider in the Web, starring Ben Kingsley and Monica Bellucci; the BBC drama series Baptiste; the German children’s feature Immenhof; and Toby Genkel’s new animated series The Ogglies. The fund also invested in new features by acclaimed Flemish directors such as Stijn Coninx (Sinterklaas en de wekkergek), Jan Verheyen (De Collega’s 2.0), Tim Mielants (De Patrick) and Sven Huybrechts (U-235).
Through the Screen Flanders economic fund, the Flanders government provides financial support to audiovisual productions that spend part or all of their budgets within the Flanders region. Belgian producers can apply for up to 400,000 EUR (466,999 US$). Foreign producers can access the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.
The first call of 2018 ended on 9 March, generating 16.6 million EUR (19.38 million US$) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.
Screen Flanders invested in no less than six international co-productions with Flanders, including Eran Riklis’ (The Syrian Bride, Etz Limon) new action thriller Spider in the Web, starring Ben Kingsley and Italian actress Monica Bellucci. Mainly shot on location in the Flemish harbour city of Antwerp, the film tells the story of an elderly Mossad agent on his last mission.
Also receiving funding is the BBC series Baptiste, a spin-off of the drama series The Missing; and the Irish-Belgian-Luxemburg co-production The Domestique by Kieron J. Walsh, which tells the personal tale of a domestique rider during the notorious Tour de France of 1998.
Dutch Director Karin Junger (Bolletjes blues!, Sexy Money) convinced the Screen Flanders jury with her new project 10 Songs for Charity, an urban musical feature film about undocumented women in Europe.
The fund also invested in two children’s projects based on famous German IPs: the feature Immenhof by Sharon von Wietersheim and the animated series The Ogglies by Toby Genkel (Ooops! Noah is Gone…, Richard the Stork).
Finally, the fund also supported four local projects by renowned Flemish directors. Stijn Coninx’s (Don’t Shoot, Marina) second feature in the Saint Nicholas tradition Sinterklaas en de wekkergek; Jan Verheyen’s (Control, The Verdict) new interpretation of the popular television series De Collega’s are amongst the jury’s selection just as De Patrick, the first feature of internationally renowned director Tim Mielants (Peaky Blinders, The Tunnel, Legion) and the Flemish action movie U-235 by Sven Huybrechts.
Projects supported within the framework of the first call of 2018 are:
10 Songs for Charity
Director: Karin Junger
Main producer: De Productie (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Minds Meet
Baptiste (The Missing 3)
Director: Börkur Sigthorsson (among others)
Main producer: Nine Street Productions Ltd. (UK)
Belgian co-producer: Czar Film & TV
De Collega's 2.0
Director: Jan Verheyen
Belgian producer: Fobic Films
Director: Tim Mielants
Main Belgian producer: Savage Film
Director: Kieron J. Walsh
Main producer: Blinder Films (IE)
Belgian co-producer: Caviar Antwerp
Director: Sharon von Wietersheim
Main Producer: Rich and Famous GmbH (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Potemkino Port
Director: Toby Genkel
Main Producer: WunderWerk GmbH (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Grid Animation
Sinterklaas en de wekkergek
Director: Stijn Coninx
Belgian producer: Sylvester TV
Spider in the Web
Director: Eran Riklis
Main Producer: Topia Communications (IL)
Belgian co-producer: Ciné Cri de Coeur
Director: Sven Huybrechts
Main Belgian producer: a team productions
Screen Flanders operates under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters, in close co-operation with Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The annual budget of Screen Flanders (4.5 million EUR) is provided by Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen). The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) manages the applications and promotes the fund.