New features by Sergio Bodrov (Alone With The Moon), Manuel Pionier (Chemins De Travers), Patricio Guzman (Salvador Allende), Frederic Fonteyne (La Femme De Gilles) and Silvio Soldini (Agata E la Tempesta) are among 15 European co-productions awarded over Euros 4.1m in production support by the Council of Europe's pan-European fund Eurimages at its last sitting in Athens.

The largest amount of funding - Euros 525,534 - was allocated to Fonteyne's La Femme De Gilles, a Belgian-French-Luxembourg-Swiss-Italian co-production between Artemis Productions, Nord Ouest Prod, Samsa, Fama Film and Eyescreen.

Eurimages also granted support to new projects by Belgian director Dominique Deruddere (Pour Le Plaisir), the Netherlands' Fow Pyung Hu (The Paradise Girls) and Austrian filmmaker Peter Payer (Villa Henriette).