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Screen Flanders invests €1.5 million in eight new productions


Screen Flanders is to invest a total of €1.5 million ($1.63 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 a mix of national and international co-productions with Flanders, including The Kaiser’s Last Kiss starring Christopher Plummer and Lily James; animated feature Ploey You Never Fly Alone; and new features by Flemish directors Erik Van Looy (The Prime Minister) and Gilles Coulier (Cargo). In total, the projects represent well over €9.8 million ($10.68 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 ($436,000). 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 ($272,500) 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' second call of 2015 ended on 11 September and saw a total of €1.5 million ($1.63 million) shared between eight productions. Amounts per project varied between €50,000 ($54,500) and €400,000 ($436,000). Together, the eight titles will represent well over €9.8 million ($10.68 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

International co-productions with Flanders awarded support in the second call of 2015 include the UK/Belgium co-production The Kaiser’s Last Kiss directed by David Leveaux and starring Christopher Plummer and Lily James; the Iceland/Belgium animated feature Ploey You Never Fly Alone about the adventures of a group of plovers; and the historical youth film Falko – Letters van Vuur on the origins of the Protestant Reformation and the printing process in the Low Countries. Layla M., the new feature by Dutch director Mijke De Jong, also received support from the fund.

In addition to international co-productions, Screen Flanders also supported projects by local talent in its second call. These include Erik Van Looy’s new feature The Prime Minister and Le ciel flamand directed by Peter Monsaert. Also selected were two first feature projects: Cargo directed by Gilles Coulier; and Charlie and Hannah gaan uit by Bert Scholiers.

The last call of 2015 with €1 million ($1.09 million) available in support will close on 11 December. Applications are assessed by a jury made up of economic and cultural experts.

Director: Gilles Coulier
Main producer: De Wereldvrede (BE)
BE/NL; fiction

Charlie en Hannah gaan uit
Director: Bert Scholiers
Main producer: Minds Meet (BE)
BE; fiction

Le ciel flamand
Director: Peter Monsaert
Main producer: Lunanime (BE)
BE; fiction

Falko – Letters van Vuur
Director: Dennis Bots
Main producer: Bijker Film & TV (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Bulletproof Cupid
NL/BE/LU; fiction

The Kaiser's Last Kiss
Director: David Leveaux
Main producer: Egoli Tossell KLK (UK)
Belgian co-producer: Umedia Production
UK/BE; fiction

Layla M.
Director: Mijke De Jong
Main producer: Topkapi Films (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Menuet
NL/BE/DE; fiction

Ploey You Never Fly Alone
Directors: Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, Ives Agemans
Main producer: Gunhil (IS)
Belgian co-producer: Cyborn
IS/BE; animation

The Prime Minister
Director: Erik Van Looy
Main producer: FBO (BE)
BE/NL; 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), Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion), Jaco Van Dormael (The Brand New Testament), Julien Temple (You Really Got Me) and Felix van Groeningen (Belgica).