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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Spain

The Spanish Ministry of Culture grants €15 million to 47 films

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- The new projects by Carlos Marqués-Marcet, Jaione Camborda, Fernando Franco, Xacio Baño and Elena Martín are among those that are set to receive production support

The Spanish Ministry of Culture grants €15 million to 47 films
Director Elena Martín, whose project Creatura has been chosen to receive support

Last week, through the Film and Audiovisual Arts Institute (ICAA), the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport published the official decision on its 2021 call for production support for feature-length projects, which amounts to €15 million, €3 million of which come from the so-called Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. Of the 319 projects that applied for support, 47 titles have emerged as beneficiaries: 23 of these fall into the category of special cinematographic, cultural or social value, and they have been granted around €11.814 million (78.77% of the total budget). Included in this category are three animated projects, which received a total of €2,186,500. In addition, €2,291,673 have been earmarked for 17 documentary projects (15.28% of the budget). Finally, seven experimental projects will be better off to the tune of €893,528 (5.96% of the total budget). Of the 47 films in receipt of support, 27 are international co-productions, and 19 of these boast a majority Spanish share.

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Among the features deemed to be of special cinematographic value and granted this support are the feature debut by award-winning short filmmaker Elena López Riera, entitled El agua [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Elena López Riera
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]
and being staged by Suica Producciones, with €111,500; the second feature by Elena Martín, Creatura, with €800,000 to be split equally between its two producers (Avalon and Vilaut Films); the new outing by the untameable Juan Rodrigáñez, Los erizos (€350,000 for each of its producers, El Viaje and Tajo Abajo); La consagración de la primavera by Fernando Franco (€600,779 for Blizzard Films SL, €52,144 for Ferdydurke Films, €17,505 for Kowalskifilms and €74,492 for LaZona Producciones); O corno do centeo by Galician helmer Jaione Camborda (€175,000 for each of its producers, Esnatu Zinema and Miramemira); Alumbramiento, the sophomore feature by Pau Teixidor (€333,885 for Aquí y Allí films, €143,093 for Minoría Absoluta and €119,244 for Alumbramiento AIE); Polvo serán by Carlos Marqués-Marcet (€680,000 for Lastor Media); Una ballena by Pablo Hernando (€676,600 for Señor y Señora SL and €3,400 for Sayaka Producciones); Els Encantats by Elena Trapé (€542,767 for Encantats Films, €25,245 for Coming Soon Films and €63,112 for A Contracorriente Films); and Nina, the second feature by Andrea Jaurrieta (€555,016 for Nina la Película AIE, €29,376 for Icónica Producciones, €24,888 for Bteam Prods, €56,032 for Irusoin and €14,688 for Lasai Producciones).

In the animation category, €800,000 go to Olivia y el terremoto invisible, a film directed by Irene Iborra and produced by Terremoto AIE; and Rock Bottom, helmed by María Trenor (Alba Sotorra, SL). Standing out among the winning documentaries are the new effort by Manuel Muñoz Rivas, following The Sea Stares at Us From Afar [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Manuel Muñoz Rivas
film profile
]
, entitled Manantial (€225,000 for El Viaje Films); and Oswald. Operación artista by Kike Maíllo (€225,000 for Playtime Movies).

Last but not least, standing proud among the lucky recipients in the experimental strand are the latest from Xacio Baño, Recuerdos.Saludos.Abrazos (€176,000 for Rebordelos SL), and Ejercicios para ver a Dios by Miguel Ángel Blanca (€100,459 for Boogaloo Films).

Detailed information (in Spanish) about this support package, including all of the films that were submitted during the call, plus the titles and production companies that will end up receiving backing, can be found here.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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