Filmstiffung doesn’t stiff on funds

Financing org doles out film coin, $340K for venue redos

COLOGNE — A horror pic featuring Franka Potente is among 31 projects given production support in excess of $7 million by funding body Filmstiftung NRW.

London-based Dan Films and Germany’s Zero West received $565,000 for Christopher Smith helmed “Creep,” about a woman locked in the subway.

The same amount was awarded to Marco Kreuzpainter’s youth pic “Sommersturm,” and to “Operation Skorpion,” a TV movie about an escape from East Germany during the Cold War.

Historical projects continue to garner coin. Berlin production unit Teamworx, which last year scored international sales with escape drama “The Tunnel,” snatched $900,000 for its WW II-pic “Stauffenberg.”

Helmer Hany Abu-Assad’s “Two Days,” about suicide bombers from Gaza, received $250,000.

Charles Biname’s “Endgame in Kosovo,” the story of disgraced former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic’s prosecutor Louise Arbour, grabbed $400,000.

Other projects awarded up to $500,000 were Isabelle Stever’s social drama “Gisela,” Anno Saul’s action comedy “Kebab Connection,” German-Danish co-production “Stille Liebe,” and a documentary about German immigrants in America. Filmstiftung also slated $340,000 for the modernization of 11 theaters.

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