Screen Flanders invests 1.45 million EUR in nine new productions

17/03/2017

The Swedish-Belgian crime-series Hassel; The Angel Makers by British director Jon Amiel featuring Mad Men star Christina Hendricks and Emily Watson; the German-Belgian co-production Electric Girl by Ziska Riemann and the new feature Patser by the Flemish director’s duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are among the list of productions to have received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund. The funding was agreed in the last call of 2016, during which a total of 1,450,000 EUR (about 1,555,000 US$) was awarded to a total of nine productions. Amount per project varies between 75,000 EUR (about 80,500 US$) and 380,000 EUR (about 407,500 US$). Together, the projects are expected to generate well over 9.4 million EUR (about 10 million US$) 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 EUR (about 429,000 US$). Foreign producers can access the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.
 
Screen Flanders's last call of 2016 ended on 9 December and saw a total of 1,450,000 EUR (about 1,555,000 US$) shared between nine productions. Amounts per project varied between 75,000 EUR (about 80,500 US$) and 380,000 EUR (about 407,500 US$).
 
International co-productions with Belgium awarded support include the Swedish-Belgian crime-series Hassel directed by Amir Chamdin and Flemish director Eshref Reybrouck; the Dutch-Belgian series Fenix and Grenslanders; the feature Electric Girl by German director Ziska Riemann; and The Angel Makers by the British director Jon Amiel with Christina Hendricks and Emily Watson in the leading roles.
 
The fund also invested in new feature film projects from established Flemish directors such as Stijn Coninx (Don’t Shoot), Dorothée van den Berghe (Rosie & Moussa) and the director’s duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Patser). Also included is the autobiographical first feature of Flemish director Kenneth Mercken, Coureur.
 
Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of economic and cultural experts. An overview of the projects supported within the framework of the last call of 2016 is listed below.
 
The Angel Makers      
Director: Jon Amiel     
Main producer: The Producers Films (Poisoners) LTD. (UK)
Belgian co-producer: Umedia Production Services    
UK – BE, fiction

Coureur          
Director: Kenneth Mercken     
Main Belgian producer: CZAR TV
BE – IT – NL, fiction

Don’t Shoot    
Director: Stijn Coninx  
Main Belgian producer: Eyeworks Film & TV Drama
BE – NL, fiction

Electric Girl     
Director: Ziska Riemann
Main producer: Niko Film (DE)
Belgian co-producer: A Private View              
DE – BE, fiction

Fenix
Director: Shariff Korver
Main producer: Lemming Film BV (NL)
Belgian co-producer: A Private View              
NL – BE, fiction

Grenslanders  
Director: Erik de Bruyn
Main producer: Column Film Nederland B.V. (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Eyeworks Film & TV Drama                  
NL – BE, fiction

Hassel
Directors: Amir Chamdin, Eshref Reybrouck   
Main producer: Nice Drama (SE)
Belgian co-producer: Lunanime         
SE – BE, fiction

Patser 
Directors: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
Main Belgian producer: A Team Productions 
BE – NL, fiction

Rosie & Moussa         
Director: Dorothée van den Berghe   
Main Belgian producer: Caviar Antwerp
BE – NL, fiction

Since its launch in 2012, Screen Flanders has awarded over 31.1 million EUR (about 33.35 million US$) to a total of 111 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), Cristiano Bortone (Coffee), Jaco Van Dormael (Le tout nouveau testament), Alex van Warmerdam (Schneider Vs. Bax) and Anders Walter (I Kill Giants).