Polanski will receive $263,000 (Euro 200,000) for his adaptation of the Robert Harris thriller, The Ghost, starring Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor and Kim Cattrall. The production has moved to the North Sea island of Sylt for scenes originally set in Martha's Vineyard.
The fund has allocated $197,000 (Euro 150,000) Espinosa's Easy Money (Snabba Cash), based on the successful novel by the Swedish novelist Jens Lapidus. The Swedish-Danish-German co-production between Tre Vänner Produktion, Nordisk Film and Intervista Digital Media will be shot at locations in Hamburg and Stockholm.
In addition, Faith Akin and Klaus Maeck's production outfit Corazon International will receive $197,000 (Euro 150,000) for Chinese filmmaker Xiaolu Guo's adaptation of her own novel UFO In Her Eyes, which is being structured as a German-French-Dutch-UK co-production. Guo completed the postproduction of her last film, She, A Chinese in Hamburg, where she worked Akin's 'regular' editor Andrew Bird.
The largest single amount awarded at this sitting - $592,000 (Euro 450,000) - went to Rat Pack Filmproduktion's Sixites-set action comedy Jerry Cotton. It begins principal photography on April 21 and will see Hamburg's dockland warehouse area, the Speicherstadt, being transformed into New York's waterfront.
Other supported projects included Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein's animation film Marnies Welt, to be produced by UFA Cinema, and Jesper Möller and Sinem Sakaoglu's The Sandman And The Lost Sand Of Dreams, a mix of stop-motion, animation and live action. It begins production at Babelsberg's Caligari Halle on April 1.