Magazine article Screen International

New Austrian Incentive FISA Backs 5 Films with [Euro]1m

Magazine article Screen International

New Austrian Incentive FISA Backs 5 Films with [Euro]1m

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Peter Payer's Where Is Little Manuela is one of five projects to be supported by Austria's new film financing incentive Film Location Austria.

Peter Payer's thriller Where Is Little Manuela (Wo ist die kleine Manuela), Anja Salamonowitz's fiction debut Spanien and Ruth Mader's documentary Leben are among the first projects to be supported by Austria's new film financing incentive Film Location Austria (FISA - Filmstandort Austria).

Economics Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner announced that around [euro] 1m had so far been allocated to three feature films and two documentaries which were shooting in Lower Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol and Vienna. The supported projects - all national Austrian productions - were expected to trigger around [euro] 5m "spend" in the Austrian film industry.

Backing was given to Payer's latest feature film which has been produced by Prisma Film in cooperation with Germany's K5 Film, who will handle international sales and German distribution, with Thimfilm as Austrian theatrical distributor. Starring Nicholas Ofczarek, Simon Schwarz and Anna Unterberger, the story of a dark past catching up on a young politician and his pregnant wife is described by K5 Film as a "roller-coaster of guilt and revenge, secrets and lies."

FISA support also went to documentary filmmaker Salomonowitz's fiction feature debut Spanien (working title) which had been shooting in Vienna and surroundings in September and October. The [euro] 2. …

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