Screen Flanders invests €2 million in eight new productions
Screen Flanders is to invest a total of €2 million ($2.18 million) in eight projects, it has been announced by Flanders Economic Affairs minister Philippe Muyters. Projects that will receive support from the economic fund include work from directors such as Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion), Julien Temple (You Really Got Me) and Cristiano Bortone (Coffee). Together, the projects account for well over €8.8 million ($9.63 million) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.
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 ($438,000). Foreign producers can access 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 ($273,000) in the Flanders region, and that every euro awarded to a producer must generate at least one euro of audiovisual expenditure in the region.
Screen Flanders's first call of 2015 ended on 6 March and saw a total of €2 million ($2.18 million) shared between eight productions. Amounts per project varied between €125,000 ($137,000) and €400,000 ($438,000). Together, the eight titles will represent well over €8.8 million ($9.63 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.
International co-productions with Flanders awarded support in the first call of 2015 include the Italian-Chinese-Belgian co-production Coffee directed by Cristiano Bortone; Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion directed by Terence Davies and starring Cynthia Nixon; and the Kinks biopic You Really Got Me directed by Julien Temple. The German-Belgian co-production Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt, based on the popular German children’s book by Boy Lornsen, also received support from the fund.
In the animation sector the feature Marnie’s World, a modern adaptation of the famous folktale of the Town Musicians of Bremen, and the stop-motion series George & Paul both received support.
Also selected were two local productions: Emmy award-winning director Tim Van Aelst’s first feature Safety First – The Movie; and Dode Hoek, directed by Nabil Ben Yadir.
The last call of 2015 with €1.5 million ($1.64 million) available in support will close on 11 September. Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of economic and cultural experts.
Director: Cristiano Bortone
Main producer: Orisa Produzioni (IT)
Belgian co-producer: Savage Film
IT – BE – CN; fiction
Director: Nabil Ben Yadir
Main producer: Wrong Men North SPRL, Antilope Joyeuse SPRL (BE)
Flemish co-producer: Eyeworks
George & Paul
Director: Joost van den Bosch, Erik Verkerk
Main producer: Pedri Animation BV (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Beast Productions
NL – BE; animated series
Director: Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein
Main producer: Scopas Medien AG (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Grid Animation
DE – BE; animation
A Quiet Passion
Director: Terence Davies
Main producer: Hurricane Films (UK)
Belgian co-producer: Potemkino
UK – BE; fiction
Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt
Director: Wolfgang Groos
Main producer: Wüste Film (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Walking The Dog
DE – BE; animation
Safety First – The Movie
Director: Tim Van Aelst
Belgian producer: Carambole (BE)
You Really Got Me
Director: Julien Temple
Main producer: Recorded Picture Company (UK)
Belgian co-producer: Zilvermeer Productions
UK – BE; fiction
Since its launch in 2012, Screen Flanders has provided support for a large variety of international co-productions, including Europacorp’s latest animated feature Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart; BBC drama series The White Queen and The Missing; DR TV series The Team; and the latest feature films from directors Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski), Jaco Van Dormael (The Brand New Testament) and Felix van Groeningen (Belgica).