Screen Flanders invests 1.3 million EUR in ten productions
Screen Flanders is to invest 1,300,000 EUR in ten new audiovisual productions. The list of supported projects, announced by the Flemish Minister for Economy Hilde Crevits, includes Annette, the new feature film by Leos Carax, and the British crime series The Cambridge Murders. New feature films by Flemish directors such as Lieven Van Baelen (Rookie), Jeroen Perceval (Dreambaby) and Hans Herbots (Ritual) will also receive funding. The investment of 1.3 million EUR by the economic fund will generate over 10.9 million EUR of eligible audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders Region.
The amounts awarded in the second call of 2019 vary between 70,000 and 360,000 EUR. The list of supported projects is very diverse, ranging from feature films and TV series, to fiction, documentary and animation projects, and even a musical.
Six feature films will receive support from the Screen Flanders economic fund: Annette, The Deep House, Ritual, Rookie, Dreambaby and La Sirène.
Annette is the English-language debut of acclaimed French director Leos Carax (Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, Holy Motors). It is a musical about a famous couple and the birth of their child, Annette, a strange and wonderful baby. The film stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. Filming took place in Bruges and Brussels, in addition to the Lites studio in Vilvoorde. The Belgian co-producer is Production Services Belgium.
The Deep House by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury is a feature film about a couple of photographers who set out to explore a haunted house submerged beneath an artificial lake in the middle of the Pyrenees. Radar Productions (France) is the main producer, with Umedia Production Services on board as Belgian co-producer. The underwater scenes were filmed at the Lites water studio, which also provided the camera equipment. Several Flemish professionals were involved in the production crew.
Ritual is the new feature film by Hans Herbots, based on the book of the same title by Mo Hayder. This psychological thriller is set in Brussels and stars Marie Vinck and Geert van Rampelberg. Eyeworks Film & TV Drama is the main producer, and filming will take place at several locations around Antwerp.
Rookie is the feature debut of Lieven Van Baelen and is produced by Czar Film & TV. The film follows a promising motorcycle racer played by Matteo Simoni, and co-stars Veerle Baetens. Filming in Flanders took place in Lede, among other places. Rookie is currently in post-production and is expected to be finished in the spring of 2020.
Another feature debut to receive funding from Screen Flanders is Dreambaby by Jeroen Perceval, a drama about a famous actor and a fourteen-year-old drug dealer. It was announced recently that Ben Segers and Veerle Baetens will take the lead roles. Filming is planned for the spring of 2020 at various locations in Antwerp. Savage Film is the main production company.
The final feature film in this round of Screen Flanders funding is the animated feature La Sirène by Iranian director Sepideh Farsi. Set during the Iraqi siege of Abadan in 1980, the film focuses on a fourteen-year-old boy and his grandfather trying to save their loved ones by escaping in an abandoned boat. Flemish production company Lunanime will co-produce, and the animation will be carried out by Studio Lumière.
As well as these six feature films, four TV series will receive funding from Screen Flanders in this second call of 2019.
The Cambridge Murders is a thrilling crime series about the police investigating murders in and around the old university of Cambridge. Indra Siera will be in the director’s chair, with filming taking place in Antwerp, Ghent and Leuven. Caviar Antwerp is on board as co-producer, as are many Flemish crew members and suppliers.
The Window is a ten-part prime-time drama series that takes an inside look at elite professional football and the business that surrounds it. The series will be directed by Adrian Shergold, Claudia Garde and Flemish director Pieter Van Hees (Waste Land, Generation B., Versailles). Filming in Flanders will take place in Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent and Schelle. Among others, Louis Talpe, Ella Leyers and Barbara Sarafian will take supporting roles, and composer Raf Keunen and DOP Richard van Oosterhout will be on the credit list. Velvet Films is the Belgian co-producer.
Transport is a thrilling eight-episode TV drama series about ordinary people under immense pressure, a story that could happen to any of us. The series is written and directed by Auli Mantila from Finland, and produced by Tekele Productions, with Philippe De Schepper and Helen Perquy’s Jonnydepony on board as Flemish co-producer.
Screen Flanders will also fund a documentary series, The Indecent, directed by Luc Lemaire. It is based on a book by Jan Antonissen that documents the rise of populism in the European Union. Panenka, the production company founded by Tom Lenaerts and Kato Maes (Over Water) is the main production company. The crew is mostly composed of Flemish professionals.
More information on the supported projects can be found in the supported projects section of the Screen Flanders website.