Magazine article Screen International

New Funds Boost German, French Film Industries

Magazine article Screen International

New Funds Boost German, French Film Industries

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A development fund with an annual budget of euro200,000 has been installed by the German Federal Film Fund (FFA) and France's CNC targetting young producers who want to make their first or second co-production between Germany and France.

Announcing the creation of the fund, the FFA's CEO Peter Dinges said that discussion about extending the German-French mini-traité co-production fund to include development support had been underway since 2007.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily, producer Gerhard Meixner, co-director with Roman Paul on the German side of the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris training programme, said that this new development fund would be of particular importance for the Atelier's graduates to give them "the possibility to make the difficult first steps - for they don't only need intellectual, but also genuine seed money in order to get cracking."

"The new funding is therefore not only an important complement to the existing programmes of German-French collaboration in the sphere of cinema - it also closes a gap in the system," said Meixner who is a partner with Roman Paul in the Berlin-based production house Razor Film.

Until now, collaboration between the German and French film industries has been on four pillars: the annual German-French Rendez-Vous (this year: in Marseilles at the end of November), the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris, ARTE's "Grand Accord" co-production agreement, and the FFA and CNC's "mini-traité" co-production accord with an annual budget of euro3m.

The projects supported at the last session of the "mini-traité" committee included Raoul Peck's The Young Karl Marx, starring August Diehl and Alexander Fehling, Christoph Hochhäusler's Je T'ai Vu Sourire, starring Isabelle Huppert, Bertrand Bonello's Paris est une fête, and Bruno Dumont's Ma Lutte, with Juliette Binoche and Fabrice Luchini. …

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