The next feature film by actor-producer-director Til Schweiger and a German version of the Emmy-winning BBC film The Girl In The Cafe are among eleven projects awarded over $5m (Euros 4.6m) production funding by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg at its first sitting for 2007.

The largest amount awarded at this session - $1.3m (Euros 1m) - was received by ProSieben's two-part modern adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, which will be directed by Hansjoerg Thurn with a cast including Juergen Vogel, Richy Mueller and Tobias Moretti at locations in England, Thailand, Malta and Germany.

Til Schweiger's Barefoot Films received $1.2m (Euros 0.9m) in production support for the romantic comedy Keinohrhasen, which will star Schweiger opposite Nora Tschirner (Soloalbum).

Egoli Tossell Film was allocated $0.45m (Euros 0.35m) for its adaptation of Richard Curtis' The Girl In The Cafe, which will be directed by Maria von Heland (Big Girls Don't Cry) from a screenplay by Martin Rauhaus, in collaboration with private broadcaster SAT.1 and Cinema For Peace. In the German version, Jan Josef Liefers - who appeared opposite Til Schweiger in Knocking On Heaven's Door - has been cast for the character played by Bill Nighy in the original, and the love story with a critical political message will be set this time against the backdrop of this year's G8 summit at the exclusive Baltic resort of Heiligendamm in June. SAT.1 plans to air the TV film during the summit.

Other projects supported in this round of funding included Oskar Roehler's love story set in post-war Germany Lulu und Jimi, Georgian director Nana Djordjadze's tragicomedy The Rainbowmaker, Lars Buechel's children's film Emma Panther - Secret Agent, and Sonny McDon's thriller Ambush.