Telescoop awards part of country's Film Fund

BRUSSELS — “Wit licht” (White Light), by Jean van de Velde, and “Joe Speedboot” (Joe Speedboat), by Andre van Duren, will receive this year’s Telescoop awards, the largest production subsidy offered by the Netherlands Film Fund.

Each will get up to e1.9 million ($2.64 million), although the exact amount has yet to be determined.

Aim of the award is to support pics that will find a broad public, initially through a cinema release.

“White Light,” produced by Entertainment Group Films, tells the story of a father who goes to Africa in search of a lost child, only to find himself caught up in a civil war.

“Joe Speedboat” adapts a novel by Tommy Wieringa in which life in a small Dutch town is turned upside down by the arrival of an anarchic, one-armed teen. Producer is IJswater Films.

Money for the Telescoop award comes from the Film Fund, Netherlands Public Broadcasting and the CoBO-fonds, which collects fees from Belgian and German cable operators for the simultaneous retransmission of Dutch channels.

The Film Fund has also announced the four winners of its De Verbeelding (Imagination) competition for artistic/experimental films, a collaboration with the Mondriaan Foundation.

Artist-directors Sonja Wyss, Ricky Rijneke, Dick Tuinder and Martin Smits will each receive around $417,000.

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