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Screen Flanders to invest a total of €1.57 million in eight productions


Philippe Muyters, the Economic Affairs Minister of the Flanders government has announced the latest list of projects to receive support through the Screen Flanders Economic Fund. A total of € 1,570,000 ($1.93 million) is to be distributed in the Fund's second round of 2014. Eight projects receive support, including work from such established directors as Stijn Coninx, Alex van Warmerdam and Arthur Harari, as well as the animation series Ziggy and the Zootram. Between them, they account for well over € 7.5 million ($9.2 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

Through Screen Flanders, 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 (just under $ 500,000). 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 (about $307,000) 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' second call of 2014 ended mid-September and saw a total of € 1,570,000 ($1.93 million) shared between eight productions. Amounts per project vary between € 95,000 ($116,650) and € 360,000 ($442,000). Together the eight titles represent well over € 7.5 million ($9.3 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

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

The eight projects that receive Screen Flanders support can be consulted in the overview supported projects.

Since its launch in 2012 Screen Flanders has granted support to a large variety of international co-productions, including Europacorps’ 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) and Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski).