On the initiative of the Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters and the Flemish Minister for Cultural Affairs Joke Schauvliege, the government of Flanders launched a new economic support measure for audiovisual works in April 2012. Besides this, Screen Flanders is also the central film commission for the Flanders Region (previously known as Location Flanders).
Via Screen Flanders the government of Flanders offers financial support to audiovisual productions that spend (part of) their budget within the Flanders Region. Belgian producers can apply to receive up to 400,000 euros refundable advances by way of economic support to cover their audiovisual expenses in the Flanders Region. Foreign producers interested in applying for the fund can coproduce with a Belgian producer that satisfies all the selection criteria.
Fiction, documentary or animation films with a running time of at least 60 minutes and animation series consisting of at least three episodes with a minimum total broadcast time of 60 minutes for the whole series are eligible. The (co-)production must enrich the cultural heritage of Flanders and invest a minimum of 250,000 euros in the Flanders Region. Every euro entrusted to a producer must yield at least 1 euro of audiovisual expenditure in the region. The maximum support per project is 400,000 euros.
Periodical calls are made, each with a predetermined support envelope. All applications will be presented to a jury consisting of both economic and cultural experts who will assess and prioritize all projects. Available funding will be divided among the highest-ranking applications.
The annual budget of Screen Flanders (5 million euros) is provided by Agentschap Ondernemen (Enterprise Flanders). The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) manages the applications and promotes the fund.