Berlin puts more coin into pic fund

TV pic 'Tornado' gets $1.2 mil handout

The city of Berlin has emphasized its support for local film production by lifting its contribution to film funding body Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg by E1.5 million, bringing org’s budget this year to E17.9 million ($21.6 million).

“The additional means come in handy, as there’s a continued run by film producers on the Berlin-Brandenburg region,” Medienboard’s managing director Kirsten Niehuus said.

The increase counteracts political plans for axing Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, which supports mainly debut productions.

At its latest session, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg distributed more than $5.6 million in support of 27 film projects, including Volker Schlondorff’s history drama “Heldin Wider Willen” (Heroine Against Her Will), about the Polish antiregime protest in the 1980s.

The largest single amount of the session, $1.2 million, went to TV event movie “Tornado” by Berlin shingle Teamworx, which specializes in big-budget projects on disasters and contemporary history.

Ute Wieland received $800,000 for soccer comedy “FC Venus,” while $600,000 went to X-Filme’s Stefan Arndt for the first project from new shingle Animation X, “Die Drei Rauber” (The Three Robbers).

Other pics funded include Christian Frosch’s thriller “Neustadt,” Marcus Schmidt’s docu “Return to the Heart of Darkness” and Stefan Ruzowitzky’s drama “Faelscher” (Forgers), the true story of the Nazis’ forgery of U.S. and British money in WWII.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety