Eurimages payday

Funding org slates $5.5 mil for 12 co-prods

COLOGNE — European film funding body Eurimages has slated $5.5 million in support of 12 Euro co-productions, including projects by Raoul Ruiz, Bob Decout and Alejandro Amenabar.

At its latest session held in Rome, the Eurimages board allocated the lion’s share of $885,000 to Amenabar’s “Mar adentro,” the real-life story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.

Italian helmer Giuseppe Piccioni snatched $720,00 for “La vita che vorrei”; Hungary’s Bela Tarr got $470,000 for “The Man From London”; and $590,000 went to Decout’s “Les gens honnetes vive en France” (Honest People Live in France), starring Victoria Abril.

Some $350,000 each went to Ruiz; Guido Chiesa and Belgian helmer Harry Cleven, for the thriller “Trouble.”

Meanwhile, German film funding body FFA has reported a noticeable surge in applications for the next funding round in November. Although it didn’t disclose the number of applicants for previous rounds, it said that 31 requests submitted by September’s deadline were an unusually high number.

FFA attributed the boom to increased filmmaking activity after the success of this year’s “Goodbye Lenin.”

Next year, the org’s outlay will be increased by $30 million, from a current $82 million annually.

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