Croatia increases support for coproductions

By Goran Ivanisevic
    The Croatian audiovisual centre announced grants to three minority feature film co-productions with a total 370,000 euros.

    In the past the contributions to minority coproduction were in range from 20,000 to 60,000 euros (On the Path by Jasmila Zbanic). This year support was increased to the 10% of the total film budget, in order for the films to be official coproductions according to the European convention of film coproductions.

    The largest amount, 170,000 euros, was granted to the Danish director Brigitte Staermose for her debut film The Morning After. Filming started last month in Zagreb. Stærmose's short film Out of Love was awarded the Crystal Bear - Special Mention for Best Short Film in Generation 14plus programme at Berlinale 2010. The producers of The Morning After are Alphaville Pictures Copenhagen APS-APS and Mainframe Zagreb d.o.o (www.mainframeproduction.com) .

    The Serbian film Enemy (Neprijatelj) directed by Dejan Zecevic was awarded 105,000 euros. The producers are Biberche Productions d.o.o. (Serbia), Maxima film d.o.o. (Croatia www.maxima-film.hr), Balkan Film (Bosnia-Herzegovina, www.balkanfilm.net) and Tivoli Film Produkcio (Hungary, www.tivolifilms.com). The film is in post-production, and the premiere is scheduled for autumn 2010.

    Parade (Parade) by Serbian director Srdan Dragojevic received 95,000 euros. The film is in pre-production, and will be produced by Delirium d.o.o. (Sebia) and Mainframe Zagreb d.o.o. (Croatia). The shooting is scheduled for autumn 2010.