Eurimages, the Council of Europe-backed production finance body, has pumped $3.58m (Euros3.75m) into European co-productions in its second round of funding this year.
After a funding round in Budapest (July 3-5), Eurimages announced that it will provide production finance for 11 features and underwrite the release of a further 19 European pictures by specialist distributors.
Eurimages introduced two new categories for production funding in March; the first for projects with the potential to travel internationally and a second judged on the basis of artistic merit.
Four titles are being backed under the first scheme: Spanish director Pedro Olea's Cafe Cortado, a Spanish-Portuguese-Mexican production, How Harry Became A Tree, a four-way production involving Italy, Ireland, France and the UK and directed by Goran Paskaljevic, Hungarian director Istvan Szabo's Taking Sides, a German-French co-production and Jacques Rivette's Va Savoir, a three-way co-production between France, Germany and Italy.
Seven titles were chosen for funding under the second scheme:Agua E Sal (dir: Teresa Villaverde) (Portugal, Italy)Csodalatos Mandarin Halala (dir: Marta Meszaros) (Hungary, Poland, China)Ein Deutscher Anatolier (dirs: Merlyn Solakhan & Manfred Blank) (Germany, Turkey, Switzerland)Filantropica (dir: Nae Caranfil) (Romania, France)A Jangada De Pedra (dir: George Sluizer) (Netherlands, Spain)Die Klavierspielerin (dir: Michael Haneke) (Austria, France)No Man's Land (dir: Danis Tanovic) (France, Italy, Belgium, UK, Slovenia)
The awards to distributors went to:Ady Films (Bulgaria) for Volaverunt (La Maja Desnuda).Duga Art Film (Bulgaria) for Le Libertin.Top Films International (Bulgaria) for Entre Las Piernas and Hijos Del Viento.Vadi Van Kris (Bulgaria) for Rembrandt Van Rijn.Artcam/Sirena Film (Czech Republic) for Summer Or 27 Kisses.Butterfly Entertainment (Czech Republic) for Himalaya, L'enfance D'un Chef.Cineinvest (Czech Republic) for La Veuve De Saint-Pierre.Cinemart (Czech Republic) for Luna Papa.Budapest Film (Hungary) for Train De Vie.Mokep (Hungary) for Tuvalu.Gutek Film (Poland) for La Fidelite.Tantra DMPC (Poland) for Navrat Idiota.Continental Film (Slovakia) for Luna Papa.Walter Nittnaus - WN Danubius Film (Slovakia) for Adieu, Plancher Des Vaches.Agora Films (Switzerland) for Princesses.Film Co-operative Zurich (Switzerland) for Erleuchtung Garantiert.Frenetic Films (Switzerland) for Route Nationale 7.Xenix Film Distribution (Switzerland) for Les Autres Filles.Belge Film (Turkey) for Code Inconnu and Signs And Wonders.