Magazine article Screen International

France Launches Long-Awaited World Cinema Aid Fund

Magazine article Screen International

France Launches Long-Awaited World Cinema Aid Fund

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New subsidy worth [euro]6m in 2012 replaces existing Fonds Sud and the Aid to Foreign Language Films (AFLE).

France's National Cinema Centre (CNC) has finally announced the launch of its newly created world cinema aid fund, l'aide aux cinémas du monde.

The cinema institution said in a statement that candidates for the fund could start submitting their dossiers as of midday on Thursday, May 3.

The new subsidy, with a budget of [euro]6m for 2012, replaces the CNC's Fonds Sud, aimed at developing world filmmakers, and Aid to Foreign Language Films (AFLE), set-up in 1999 for directors who had made at least two features.

"The world cinema aid is a selective subsidy open to foreign directors from any country, presenting projects for a feature film with clear artistic ambition and a original vision of the world, and who have no way of finding the necessary finance in their own country," the CNC said in a statement.

The amount granted to individual selected projects will be [euro]250,000 for projects prior to production and [euro]50,000 for films in post-production. …

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