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Screen Flanders invests €1 million in five new productions


Screen Flanders is to invest a total of €1 million ($1.10 million) in five projects, it was announced by Flanders Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters. Projects to receive support from the economic fund include both national and international co-productions with Flanders, such as the BBC series The Missing II and the satirical science-fiction film Iron Sky: The Coming Race; as well as first features by emerging filmmaking talents from Flanders. In total, the projects represent well over €5.4 million ($5.95 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 ($441,100). 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 ($275,700) 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' third call of 2015 ended on 11 December and saw a total of €1 million ($1.10 million) shared between five productions. Amounts per project varied between €60,000 ($66,150) and €375,000 ($413,500). Together, the five titles will represent well over €5.4 million ($5.95 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

International co-productions with Flanders awarded support in the third call of 2015 include the BBC series The Missing II scripted by Harry and Jack Williams and starring Tcheky Karyo and the in Flanders shot satirical science-fiction film Iron Sky: The Coming Race of Finnish director Timo Vuorensola starring Lara Rossi, Udo Kier and Tom Green.

In addition to international co-productions, Screen Flanders also supported first feature projects by local talent in its third call. These include Sahim Omar Kalifa’s Zagros, Tonic Immobility by Nathalie Teirlinck starring Evelyne Brochu and Allemaal Familie directed by Dries Vos.

Applications are assessed by a jury made up of economic and cultural experts.

Allemaal Familie
Director: Dries Vos
Main producer: Marmalade Films (BE)
BE/NL; fiction

Iron Sky: The Coming Race
Director: Timo Vuorensola
Main producer: Iron Sky Universe Oy (FI)
Belgian co-producer: Potemkino
FI/DE/BE; fiction

The Missing II
Director: Ben Chanan
Main producer: New Pictures Limited (UK)
Belgian co-producer: Czar TV
UK/BE; fiction

Tonic Immobility
Director: Nathalie Teirlinck
Main producer: Savage Film (BE)                                
BE/NL/DK; fiction

Director: Sahim Omar Kalifa
Main producer: A Private View (BE)
BE/NL; fiction  

Since its launch in 2012, Screen Flanders has provided support for a large variety of international co-productions, including the animated features Phantom Boy, Asterix: the Mansion of the Gods; the BBC drama series The White Queen and The Missing I; DR TV series The Team; and the latest feature films from directors Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski), Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion), Jaco Van Dormael (The Brand New Testament), Julien Temple (You Really Got Me) and Felix van Groeningen (Belgica).