Screen Flanders celebrates fifth anniversary with a record-breaking economic leverage
In its second call of 2017, Screen Flanders has allocated 2.1 million EUR (2,495,850 US$) to 10 new audiovisual projects. The call, which ended on 8 September, also marked the fifth anniversary of the fund and generated well over 16.53 million EUR (19.65 million US$) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region. The economic leverage of 7.87 EUR per invested euro is the highest achieved since the launch of the fund in 2012. Productions receiving funding include an impressive list of international co-productions such as the new feature by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (Kursk); the new BBC series Les Misérables; the third season of the historical drama series Versailles; the Scandinavian series State of Happiness and Cold Courage; and Ari Folman’s latest animated feature Where Is Anne Frank?.
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 (475,400 US$). Foreign producers can access the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.
International co-productions with Belgium supported by Screen Flanders include the action feature Kursk directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Oscar®-winner Colin Firth in the leading roles; the new BBC adaptation of Les Misérables based on the novel by Victor Hugo; and the third season of the historical drama series Versailles. The fund also supported two Scandinavian series: the Norwegian-Belgian co-production State of Happiness directed by Petter Naess and the Finnish-Irish-Belgian crime series Cold Courage. The animated features Dragon Rider, based on the famous children’s book by Cornelia Funke and Ari Folman’s Where Is Anne Frank? complete the list of international co-productions supported.
The economic fund also invested in local content, including the new feature from cult director Koen Mortier, Angel; the family feature Baba Yega The Movie, based on the Belgium’s Got Talent sensation of 2016; and Kampioenen Forever.
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 second call of 2017.
Director: Koen Mortier
Belgian producer: Czar Film & TV
BE - NL, fiction
Baba Yega The Movie
Director: Michael Van Ostade
Belgian producer: Geronimo
Director: Agneta Fagerström Olsson
Main producer: Luminoir Oy (FI)
Belgian co-producer: A Private View
FI - BE - IE, fiction
Director: Tomer Eshed
Main producer: Constantin Film (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Cyborn
DE - BE, fiction
Director: Jan Verheyen
Belgian producer: Gardner and Domm
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Main producer: Via Est (LU)
Belgian co-producer: Belga Productions
LU - BE, fiction
Director: Tom Shankland
Main producer: Lookout Point Ltd. (GB)
Belgian co-producer: Czar Film & TV
GB - BE, fiction
State of Happiness
Director: Petter Naess
Main producer: Maipo Film (NO)
Belgian co-producer: Lunanime
NO - BE, fiction
Versailles (Season 3)
Director: Pieter Van Hees and others
Main producer: CAPA & Banijay Studios France (FR)
Belgian co-producer: Entre Chien et Loup, Zodiak Belgium
FR - BE, fiction
Where Is Anne Frank?
Director: Ari Folman
Belgian producers: Purple Whale Films, Walking The Dog
BE - NL - LU, animation
Since its launch in 2012, Screen Flanders has awarded over 26.7 million EUR (31.73 million US$) to a total of 128 audiovisual projects. Over the past few years, the fund has contributed to 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), Jaco Van Dormael (The Brand New Testament), Alex van Warmerdam (Schneider Vs. Bax), Anders Walter (I Kill Giants) and Roel Reiné (Redbad, The Admiral).