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Screen Flanders to invest €1.43 million in seven productions


Screen Flanders is to distribute a total of €1.43 ($1.59) million among seven projects, it was announced by Flanders Economic Affairs minister Philippe Muyters. Projects that are to receive support from the economic fund include work from directors such as Jan Matthys (In Flanders Fields), Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth (The Fifth Season) and Nic Balthazar (Ben X). Together, the projects account for well over €6.9 million ($7.7 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 (appr. $445,000). Foreign producers can tap into 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 (appr. $278,000) in the Flanders Region, and every euro awarded to a producer must generate at least 1 euro of audiovisual expenditure in the region.
Screen Flanders' last call of 2014 ended mid-December and saw a total of €1,430,000 ($1.59 million) shared between seven productions. Amounts per project vary between €50,000 (appr. $55,600) and €400,000 (appr. $445,000). Together the seven titles represent well over €6.9 million ($7.7 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.
Two calls have already been confirmed for 2015, with a total budget of €3.5 million ($3.89 million). The application deadline of the first call is set today. Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of economic and cultural experts.
The seven projects that receive Screen Flanders support are:
Als de dijken breken
Director: Jan Matthys
Main producer: Joco Media (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Menuet
NL – BE; fiction
FC De Kampioenen 2 – Jubilee Generale
Director: Jan Verheyen
Belgian producer: Skyline Entertainment
BE; fiction
J. Kessels
Director: Erik de Bruyn
Main producer: CTM Pictures (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Czar TV
NL – BE; fiction
Kebab Royal
Directors: Jessica Woodworth & Peter Brosens
Main Belgian producer: Bo Films
BE – BG; fiction
My First Highway
Director: Kevin Meul
Main Belgian producer: Fobic Films
BE – NL; fiction
Say Something Funny
Director: Nic Bathazar
Main Belgian producer: Eyeworks
BE- NL; fiction
Director: Gert Embrechts
Main producer: Johan Nijenhuis & Co BV (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Zilvermeer Productions
NL - BE; fiction
Since its launch in 2012 Screen Flanders has granted support to a large variety of international co-productions, including Europacorp’s latest animated feature Jack and Cuckoo-Clock Heart, BBC’s drama series The White Queen and The Missing, DR TV series The Team and the latest feature films of directors Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski), Jaco Van Dormael (Le tout nouveau testament) and Felix van Groeningen (Belgica).