Euro co-prods cooking

Orgs from Berlin, Paris, Madrid and Rome team up Film commissions to fund 6 pix a year

ROME — Four major regional film commissions in Europe have agreed to jointly select film projects to seed, which then can be considered Euro co-productions.

The commissions repping the four main continental capitals will earmark E3 million ($3.75 million) for the effort in 2007 and more in successive years.

The commissions plan to settle on a half-dozen projects a year and to keep bureaucracy at bay, in order to focus on the artistic and commercial prospects of each project.

“A strong project with both commercial and international ambitions will get our attention,” Olivier Rene-Veillon of the Ile de France Film Commission told Daily Variety.

Rene-Veillon also indicated all projects would be considered.

“If Martin Scorsese or Woody Allen wants to shoot a film in Paris or Berlin, certainly such projects would be considered by our joint commissions,” Rene-Veillon added.

The various execs from Ile de France, the Medien Board of Berlin-Brandenburg, Roma-Lazio and Madrid said they had agreed to gather in the future at the Rome, Berlin, Cannes and San Sebastian film fests to evaluate and decide on projects to fund.

The initiative, which was conceived by the German contingent some months ago, was unveiled Tuesday in Rome by top execs from the four commissions.

The funding effort is partly a reaction to the paucity of funds being made available by various TV companies and by governments these days to fund feature film production.

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