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Screen Flanders invests €1.5 million in seven new productions


Screen Flanders is to invest a total of €1,515,000 ($1.67 million) in seven 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 international co-productions with Flanders and new feature films by established Flemish directors. These include such projects as 55 Steps by Danish director Bille August, starring Hilary Swank and Helena Bonham Carter; and Le Fidèle by Flemish director Michaël R. Roskam. Together, the projects will generate €8.76 million ($9.65 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 ($440,600). Foreign producers can access the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.
Screen Flanders's first call of 2016 ended on 4 March and saw a total of €1,515,000 ($1.67 million) shared between seven productions. Amounts per project varied between €110,000 ($121,150) and €400,000 ($440,600).
International co-productions with Flanders awarded support include the German-Austrian-Belgian co-production Lilly the Witch Christmas Special, the new feature of Danish director Bille August 55 Steps, starring Hilary Swank and Helena Bonham Carter; and the autobiographical animated feature Funan by Denis Bo about the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia in the 1960s and 1970s.
Also included are new feature film projects from established Flemish directors such as Michaël R. Roskam (Le Fidèle, starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos) and Marc Punt (Pippa).
Screen Flanders will also support two features based on literary works: Sprakeloos, from the novel by Tom Lanoye, directed by Hilde Van Mieghem; and Het Tweede Gelaat, the final part of the Vincke and Verstuyft trilogy based on the novels by Jef Geeraerts and directed by Jan Verheyen.
Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of economic and cultural experts. An overview of the projects supported within the framework of the first call of 2016 is listed below.
55 Steps
Director: Bille August
Main producer: Elsani Film (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Potemkino Port
DE – BE; fiction
Director: Denis Do
Main producer: Les Films D'Ici (FR)
Belgian co-producer: Lunanime
FR – LU – BE; animated feature
Lilly the Witch Christmas Special
Director: Florian Baxmeyer
Main producer: Blue Eyes Fiction GmbH & Co.KG (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Potemkino Port
DE – AU – BE; fiction
Director: Marc Punt
Belgian producer: Independent Productions
BE; fiction
Le Fidèle (The Racer and the Jailbird)
Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Main Belgian producer: Savage Film
BE – FR; fiction
Director: Hilde Van Mieghem
Belgian producer: Caviar Antwerp
BE; fiction
Het Tweede Gelaat (Double Face)
Director: Jan Verheyen
Main Belgian producer: Eyeworks
BE – NL; fiction
Since its launch in 2012, Screen Flanders has provided support for a large variety of international co-productions, including EuropaCorp’s animated feature Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart; BBC drama series The White Queen and The Missing I & II; DR TV series The Team; and the latest feature films from directors Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski), Jaco Van Dormael (The Brand New Testament), David Leveaux (The Kaiser’s Last Kiss) and Felix van Groeningen (Belgica).
Screen Flanders operates under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters, in close co-operation with Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The annual budget of Screen Flanders is provided by Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen (Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship). The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) manages the applications and promotes the fund.