Magazine article Screen International

Screen Flanders Invests $1.9M in Eight Projects

Magazine article Screen International

Screen Flanders Invests $1.9M in Eight Projects

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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 [euro]1.57m ($1.93m) is to be distributed. The eight projects account for more than [euro]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 [euro]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 [euro]250,000 ($307,000) in the region, and every euro awarded to a producer must generate at least [euro]1 of audiovisual expenditure in the region. …

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