06-05-2010

Funding Boost for Central European Coproductions

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Coproductions from Slovakia, Turkey, Hungary and Poland are slated to roll into production backed by grants from Eurimages as well as funding from their own ministries of culture totaling more than 1.5m Euros. Dom directed by Slovakia director and scriptwriter Zuzana Liova which was awarded 150 000 Euros started a 40 day shoot in March in Slovakia and Poland. The film is a Czech Slovak coproduction. (See FNE production profile 31 March 2010)

Tolga Ornek's drama Labirent which was awarded 200 000 Euros from Eurimages has just won an additional 400 000 TL from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and is due to go into production later this year.

Hungarian director Endre Hules's The Maiden Danced to Death is slated to begin principal photography in early 2011 backed by 160 000 Euros from Eurimages. Grants for 2010 from Hungary's Motion Picture Foundation have not been announced yet. Coproducer are neighbouring Casablanca from Slovenia.

Also Poland's Applefilm (www.applefilm.pl) will coproduce La Terre Outragee to be directed by Michale Boganim. The project received 1.5m pln from the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) as well as 500 000 Euros from Eurimages. Le Pacte International picked up the film which is currently in pre-production. The film which is set in a small town near Chernobyl follows a group of characters just before the disaster. Applefilm has experience working in the CIS on other feature projects.

Dom

By Zuzana Liova (Slovakia)

Feature Film

Eurimages Awarded: 150 000 €

Co-producers:

FOG'N'DESIRE FILMS Sro (/www.fogndesirefilms.cz) SAMASTINOR (CZ)

SOKOL KOLLAR SPOL Sro (SK)

Labirent

By Tolga Ornek (Turkey)

Feature Film

Eurimages Awarded: 200 000 €

Turkish Ministry of Culture: 400 000 TL (approximately 200 000 Euros)

Co-producers:

EKIP FILM (www.ekipfilm.com) (TR)

STOKED FILM Gmbh (DE)

The Maiden danced to Death

By Endre Hules (Hungary)

Feature Film

Awarded: 160 000 €

Co-producers:

CINEMA FILM Kft (www.cinemafilm.hu) (HU)

CASABLANCA D.O.O. (www.casablanca.si) (SI)

La Terre outragée

By Michale Boganim (France)

Feature Film

Eurimages Awarded: 500 000 €

Polish Film Institute 1.5m pln (Approximately 375 000 Euros)

Co-producers:

LES FILMS DU POISSON (FR)

NIKOVANTASTIC FILMS (DE)

APPLE FILM PRODUCTION SP. Z O.O (www.applefilms.pl) (PL)