The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) recently approved funding for 26 feature-length fiction projects. The list includes much anticipated projects, such as Stijn Coninx’s Marina and Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land, that can start production. Dominique Deruddere’s Flying Home and Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens’ Kebab Royal also received development support, while Lucifer by two-time Cannes selected director Gust Van den Berghe and Marry Me by Kadir Balci got script funding for their next projects.

Bogdan Dreyer's The IdiotEpidemic, the production company behind Koen Mortier’s 22nd of May and Ex Drummer, received production support for both Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet’s The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears and Waste Land, a new film by Pieter Van Hees (Dirty MindLeft Bank). Brussels-based production outfit Savage Film (Bullhead) can start production on Fabrice Du Welz’s Alleluia, while A Private View (Oxygen) is set to shoot Joël Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique, which was written by Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem and Pat Van Beirs (who both scripted Moscow, Belgium).

Production house Minds Meet, a Cannes regular by now with films such as Lost Persons Area, Little Baby Jesus of Flandr and Blue Bird, is teaming up with director Bogdan Dreyer for Ipu, So I Say (The Idiot). Finally, director Stijn Conincx is ready to helm Marina, produced by Eyeworks Film & TV drama.

In total, four feature projects have been granted development support: Flying Home, the new film by Dominique Deruddere (Crazy Love, Everybody Famous), Kebab Royal by creative duo Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens (Khadak, Altiplano) and Lee & Cindy C. by Stany Crets. Finally, Roel Mondelaers can start planning the shoot of his Caviar-produced Plan Bart, which was co-scripted by the EFA Discovery Award-winning director Hans Van Nuffel (Oxygen).

A number of the most promising projects can however be found in the list of films which received script funding. Producer Fobic Films is teaming up again with script writer Pierre De Clercq (Come As You Are) for a new feature project, titled Brother, which Come As You Are director Geoffrey Enthoven is set to helm. Fobic is also working with Jacques Boon (Happy Together, The Only One) for the screenplay of a new feature, Klaproos.

Meanwhile, Ghent-based production outfit Menuet is developing no fewer than four feature scripts: Ouders van nu is being scripted by Bert Van Dael and Anke Blondé, who just this weekend won Jury Award For Best Flemish Short at the Leuven International Short Festival; Benjamin Sprengers and Tim Mielants are working on The Patrick; Geert Verbanck and Lenny Van Wesemael are writing Café Derby; while Angelo Tijssens and Gilles Coulier, who were selected for Cannes’ Cinéfondation 2010 with Iceland, are putting to paper their new film Cargo.

Dorothée Van den Berghe (My Queen Karo) is also working on a new feature script, Rosie Carpe, with Stefanie Vanhecke. Two time Cannes-selected Gust Van den Berghe (Little Baby Jesus of Flandr, Blue Bird) is writing on a new feature called Lucifer. Director Kadir Balci (Turquaze) is teaming up with production company A Private View and scriptwriter and director Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem (Moscow, Belgium; Lena) for a feature, Marry Me.

Other features that received script support include Pony & The Death of Zorro, scripted by Raf Reyntjens and produced by Savage Film (Bullhead), Clean Hands, scripted by Carl Joos and produced by Eyeworks Film & TV Drama (Hotel Swooni), and De ontelbaren, scripted by Elvis Peeters and Laurent Van Lancker.

Finally, both Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come As You Are and Bavo Defurne’s North Sea Texas received promotional support for their selection at Montréal, while Wim Vandekeybus’s Monkey Sandwich got both promotional funding for Venice and funding for the film’s post-production.

Published on Monday 19 December 2011

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