The scheme drew 71applications for its initial round of funding, with 11 shortlisted film-makersattending a three-day programme of seminars and workshops. The two projectswere chosen from a pitching session at the end of the three days.
The films will go into ashort development phase to work on scripts and finalise budgets and schedules,and they should go into production before the end of 2006.
"It's thrilling to championtalented film-makers such as Eran and Steven, and to play a part in realisingtheir ambitions," said Sol Gatti-Pascual, Microwave's creative executive. "Bothof these teams will benefit from intensive training throughout the productionprocess. As part of Microwave we are also developing a unique production anddistribution online resource which will be available not only to ourfilm-makers, but to all
The initiative is alsobacked by
The scheme aims to produce10 films by 2008.