Screen Flanders Supports Seven New Projects
Screen Flanders is to invest 995,000 EUR (1,225,005 US$) in seven new audiovisual projects. Productions receiving funding in the economic fund’s most recent call include a mix of local and international animation and fiction projects such as the Flanders initiated animated series Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service and Sir Mouse, the Finnish-Belgian crime series Bullets and a new zombie feature by Gangsta-team A Team Productions.
Through the Screen Flanders economic fund, the Flanders government provides financial support to audiovisual productions that spend part or all of their budgets within the Flanders region. Belgian producers can apply for up to 400,000 EUR (492,800 US$). Foreign producers can access the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.
The third and final call of 2017 ended on 1 December, generating 8,737,996 EUR (10,758,224 US$) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region. Productions receiving funding include an impressive list of Flanders-initiated animation projects such as the animated series Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service, in which three ninjas go the extra mile to fulfill their clients’ desires. The series pilot has already been selected for 38 festivals and will have a full international roll-out through eOne.
Another animation project to catch the jury’s eye is the 2D cut-out series Sir Mouse of Fabrique Fantastique, which tells the story of the unusual friendship between Mouse, who stubbornly insists that she is a knight, and Dragon, who gently puts up with all her nonsense.
Also new from Flanders is Goudheidswaanzin, based on the popular comic books by stand-up comedian Urbanus. Eyeworks Film & TV Drama is producing the animated feature in co-production with BosBros from the Netherlands.
Latte and the Magic Waterstone is the fourth and final animated project on the list. The feature, based on the universe of the Swedish/Finnish author Sebastian Lybeck, is co-produced by Grid Animation for Flanders.
The fund also invested in three fiction projects, including the Finnish-Belgian crime series Bullets directed by Antti J. Jokinen and the Swedish-Belgian co-production Stockholm Requiem, Fredrika Bergman based on the popular books by Kristina Ohlsson. Belgian co-producer on both series is Ghent-based production company Lunanime.
Finally, there is the low-budget zombie feature Yummy, directed by Lars Damoiseaux and produced by A Team Productions, the team behind current Benelux box-office hit Gangsta.
Projects supported within the framework of the third call of 2017 are:
Director: Antti J. Jokinen
Main producer: Vertigo Production OY (FI)
Belgian co-producer: Lunanime
FI – BE, fiction
Directors: Erik Verkerk, Joost Van den Bosch
Belgian producer: Eyeworks Film & TV Drama
BE – NL, animated feature
Latte and the Magic Waterstone
Directors: Regina Welker, Nina Wels
Main producer: Dreamin’ Dolphin Film (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Grid Animation
DE – US – FR – BE, animated feature
Director: Tom Van Gestel
Belgian producer: Fabrique Fantastique
BE – DE – IE, animated series
Stockholm Requiem, Fredrika Bergman
Directors: Karin Fahlen, Lisa Ohlin
Main producer: Spark Film & TV and Kärnfilm (SE)
Belgian co-producer: Lunanime
SE – BE, fiction
Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service
Director: Kim Claeys
Belgian producer: Creative Conspiracy
BE – FR – UK, animated series
Director: Lars Damoiseaux
Belgian producer: A Team Productions
BE – NL, fiction