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FUNDING Belgium

CCA backs host of debut and second films

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The Film and Audiovisual Centre of the French Community of Belgium granted funding to 25 projects, including nine features, at its first committee session in 2008.

Eklektik Productions will thus receive a writing grant for their second feature following Joachim Lafosse’s What Makes You Happy [+see also:
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. François Pirot (co-screenwriter on Lafosse’s Free Student [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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and Private Property [+see also:
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) has already set to work on his debut film Mobil-home (“Mobile Home”).

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The second committee is backing a trio of second films. Delphine Lehericey will obtain a writing grant for her second feature following Comme à Ostende (“Like In Ostend”), Innocent Criminal, which Entre Chien et Loup will produce.

After a few hesitations and changes of partner, Dorothée Van Den Berghe (Girl) will shoot My Queen Karo in Brussels this summer. Produced by Tarantula (Belgium), Caviar Films (Belgium) and IDTV (Netherlands), the film recently obtained backing from Eurimages.

Stefan Liberski – another director to emerge from “les Snuls” (a group of Belgian comedians), following in the footsteps of his former colleague and partner in TV antics Bouli Lanners – is preparing to direct his second feature, Lonely Woman. The film will star model-turned-actress Audrey Marnay, whose acting career was launched by Liberski’s Bunker Paradise [+see also:
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(2005).

The CCA is also backing Nicolas Provost’s debut feature L’Envahisseur (“The Invader”), produced by Versus Productions and co-produced by Prime Time on the Flemish side. The title has just received funding from the VAF.

Finally, after looking at the Elf affair in the television drama Les Prédateurs (“The Predators”), Lucas Belvaux is turning his attention to one of the crimes that marked French society at the end of the 1970s – the kidnapping of Baron Empain. The director’s loyal partners Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium) and Agat Films (France) are producing the €6m Rapt!. Yvan Attal will star as the rich industrialist alongside Anne Consigny.

(Translated from French)

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