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Screen Flanders invests $1.9m in eight projects

22 December 2014 3:13 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Titles include Schneider vs. Bax from Borgman director Alex van Warmerdam.

New films from directors Stijn Coninx, Alex van Warmerdam and Arthur Harari are among eight projects to receive support from the Screen Flanders Economic Fund.

In the Fund’s second round of 2014, a total of €1.57m ($1.93m) is to be distributed. The eight projects account for more than €7.5m ($9.2m) of spend in the Flanders region.

The films include Schneider vs. Bax from writer-director Alex van Warmerdam. The project is Van Warmerdam’s first since Borgman, which screened In Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Fortissimo Films has worldwide rights, outside Benelux and Scandinavia. The thriller centres on a contract killer and a writer, battling each other for survival.

The Flanders government provides financial support to productions that spend part or all of their budgets within the region. Belgian producers can apply for up to €400,000 (just under $500,000). Foreign producers can tap into the fund by co-producing »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Le Boxeur joins Revolution

20 November 2014 6:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Joris van Wijk of Amsterdam-based Le Boxeur Films has boarded Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s documentary Proposition For A Revolution as a co-producer.

Produced by Anand Gandhi and Ruchi Bhimani, the project is screening in the Work-in-Progress Lab at this year’s Film Bazaar.

Joris van Wijk previously produced and directed documentary Veneer (2007) and executive produced Dutch features, such as Ben Sombogaart’s award-winning The Storm (2009).

“I find this documentary to be very relevant for an international audience and I was keen to become part of the process of helping to bring it out,” said Van Wijk.  “Khushboo and Vinay have rendered the story with cinematic ease, which is rare to find in such young talent.”

Scheduled for delivery in 2015, the documentary follows India’s Aam Aadmi Party, an offshoot of the anti-corruption Janlokpal movement.

The filmmakers ran a successful crowdfunding campaign for the project, which also received support from Busan’s Asian Network for Documentary »

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Berlinale Co-Production Market Selects 39 Projects

10 January 2014 6:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Thirty-nine feature film projects from 30 countries will be presented at the 11th Berlinale Co-Production Market, which runs Feb. 9-11.

The market gives producers the opportunity to come together for pre-scheduled individual meetings with 450 potential co-production and financial partners.

Chosen from 328 entries, the official selection includes 20 new feature film projects from around the world. All of them will be realized by experienced producers and already have 30% of their financing in place. The budgets of the projects range from Euros 700,000 ($955,000) to Euros 6.5 million ($8.86 million).

The projects include those from multi-award-winning directors Peter Webber (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”), Pernille Fischer Christensen (“A Soap,” “A Family”), Oliver Schmitz (“Life, Above All,” “Turkish for Beginners”) and Eran Kolirin (“The Band’s Visit”).

Also on board are the 2013 Berlinale Residency participants — all prize-winning filmmakers: Emir Baigazin, Alistair Banks Griffin, Bence Fliegauf, Sebastian Lelio, Elina Psykou and Jose Luis Valle will present their new projects »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin selects co-pro projects

10 January 2014 6:47 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New films from Peter Webber, Pernille Fischer Christensen, Oliver Schmitz, Eran Kolirin.

A total of 39 features have been selected for Berlin’s co-production market (Feb 9-11).

Directors with work in the market include Peter Webber, Pernille Fischer Christensen, Oliver Schmitz, Eran Kolirin, Christos Georgiou, Erik Skjoldbjaerg and Nir Bergman.

All projects have 30% of their financing in place while budgets range from €700,000 to €6.5m.

This year’s Residency participants comprise Emir Baigazin, Alistair Banks Griffin, Bence Fliegauf, Sebastián Lelio, Elina Psykou and José Luis Valle. The participants will present new projects to potential partners at the co-production market.

The Talent Project Market will see ten new producers and directors primed for the international market. Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox featured last year, while Italian filmmaker Fabio Mollo’s Il Sud e Niente plays in this year’s Generation programme.

Five companies have been selected for the Company Matching programme and three more projects have been picked for the »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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