The Croatian Audiovisual Centre has announced it latest fundings, with a total of 62 projects receiving $6.8m, out of which eight feature films will share $5.2m.

Production company Kinorama has received funding for two feature films: $738,187 for The Reaper by Zvonimir Jurić [pictured], whose previous The Blacks (co-directed by Goran Dević in 2009) won awards in Linz, Cottbus, Ljubljana and Belgrade, as well as the Motovun Bauer Award for best regional film; and $685,803 for Dražen Žarković’s The Mysterious Boy, sequel to last year’s local blockbuster, children’s film Koko And The Ghosts by Danijel Kušan.

Veteran director Rajko Grlić, who competed in Cannes back in 1978 with Bravo Maestro, and whose last film Just Between Us brought him best director and Label Europa Cinemas awards in Karlovy Vary in 2010, got $738,187 for The Viper’s Glen Miracle, based on the bestseller by Ante Tomić and produced by Drugi Plan.

$718,589 went to Butcher’s Heart, the fourth collaboration of director Antonio Nuić and production company Propeler Film. Their All For Free won four national Golden Arenas including best film, as well as best actor for Rakan Rushaidat in Sarajevo in 2006, and Donkey got three Arenas in 2009.  

Kristijan Milić’s second feature film Dead Fishes Floating On The Back (Mrtve ribe plivaju na leđima), in production of Eurofilm, received $685,803. Milić’s debut feature The Living And The Dead swept the national awards in 2007, winning best film, director and five other Golden Arenas.

Inter Film’s 2 i 2’ (original title) by Zrinko Ogresta received $474,541. Ogresta is best known internationally for 2003’s Here, winner of Krzystof Kieslowski Award in Denver, Critics Award in at Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival and Special Prize of the Jury in Karlovy Vary, where his last film Behind The Glass also competed in 2008.

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre will also support one animated feature film in 3D, Darko Bakliža’s Cricket And Antoinette in production of Diedra, with $702,515; and one debut feature, Tomislav Mršić’s Cowboys, based on the hit theatre show by Saša Aničić and produced by Kabinet, with $491,732.

Nine feature-length documentaries will split $375,890, while six fiction, six documentary, 12 animated, and 20 experimental shorts will receive a total of $1.2m.