The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has announced financial support for a series of in-the-pipeline feature film ventures. The list includes some exciting titles, such as a new project from the team behind the box office and festival hit Come As You Are.

Three projects  were granted production support. Director Hilde Van Mieghem’s Speachless is an adaptation of a novel by acclaimed author Tom Lanoye. The film will tell the true story of Josée Verbeke, Lanoye’s mother. The project’s production will be taken care of by the Caviar team. Hans Herbots’ (The Spiral, The Divine Monster) had his ready-to-go project, The Treatment (De Behandeling), granted VAF production support. The Treatment will be produced by Eyeworks Film & TV Drama.

Herbots is incredibly prolific right now, as in addition to the production support for The Treatment, he was also granted development support for another project: the Caviar-produced Black, a film of a novel by Dirk Bracke, which deals with the issues of young gangsters in the Brussels region. Other projects to receive development support are Little Baby Jesus of Flandrs director Gust Van Den Berghe’s newest feature, Lucifer, and Come As You Are hitmaker Geoffrey Enthoven’s Winnipeg project.

For Winnipeg, Enthoven will once more team up with Ghent-based production outfit Fobic Films and screenwriter Pierre De Clercq, re-uniting the successful outfit behind box office and festival hit Come As You Are. Winnipeg promises to be a dark comedy about a hotel owner from Bruges who travels to Canada to confront his deceased twin brother’s wealthy flame, with whom he had an affair on a cruise ship 20 years ago.

Screenplay support was confirmed for The Breath of God by popular screenplay writer Willem Wallyn (Zone Stad, De Rodenburgs), and to Trouw, by Gaea Schoeters and North Sea Texas highflyer Bavo Defurne. Other on-the-way projects to be granted screenplay support are Slechterik, written by Bart Uytenhouwen, and Franco, by Bert Van Dael, Raf Roosens and Sanne Nuyens.

Minoritary Flemish productions to be allotted VAF support are Tamar van den Dop’s Supernova and I’m dead (but That’s Okay Because I Have a Lot of Friends) by directors Guillaume and Stéphane Malandrin. Simonka De Jong’s feature-length documentary The Only Son also received production support.

Published on Tuesday 17 April 2012

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