Amsterdam-based company joins F&ME and TV Zero for the sequel to Berlinale 2011 Generation selection Streetkids United.
Jamillah van der Hulst’s Amsterdam-based production company JaJa Filmproductions is joining the UK’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) and Rio de Janeiro’s TV Zero to develop and produce Streetkids United II – Brazil 2014.
“Like F&ME and TV Zero,” says F&ME’s Mike Downey, “Jamillah is committed to making films that highlight social issues and Streetkids United II – Brazil 2014 is the perfect vehicle for her to hone her financing skills both in the Netherlands and internationally. We worked very well together on Lilet Never Happened and we want to repeat the experience.”
The new film is a follow-up to Berlinale 2011 Generation selection Streetkids United; the filmmakers now plan a series.
JaJa has already brought Martien Witsenberg of Witsenburg Natural Products on board as an equity financier on the film. A sales company is expected to be announced soon.
“In 2014 Rio will play host to the second Street Child World Cup and look to build on the success of the inaugural tournament that took place in Durban prior to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa,” explains Downey.
“The 2014 event will bring teams of street children together from 20 countries to compete and to make their voices heard. As with the first Streetkids United film – our goal is to tell the story of the children and the event – and through it draw the world’s attention to the terrible plight of street children across the globe, and the fact that these children are somebody.”
Roberto Berliner will direct. The film will also use the UK tax credit and the Brazilian Tax Credit as well as the new State of Rio Tax Credit; applications are pending to RioFilme and Rio Film Commission funds.
The 2014 Street Child World Cup will be hosted by the Action for Brazil’s Children’s Trust, which has patrons including Pelé, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Fernando Meirelles, Jeremy Irons and Juliette Lewis.
F&ME is also working with Brazil’s TV Zero on Julien Temple’s Children of the Revolution: This is Rio.