Ile de France backs six pics

Funded films include Claude Miller's 'Dance'

PARIS — Ile de France Film Commission, France biggest regional film fund, has invested Euros 2.21 million ($3.08 million) in six projects, including Claude Miller’s “While They Dance.”

Produced by Paris-based Aliceleo, “Dance” will receive $378,000.

Toonpic “Aya of Yop City,” directed by Clement Oubrerie and Marguerite Abouet, will recieve $768,200. Pic is produced by Autochenille, whose partners include comic book artist and director Joann Sfar.

Other pics given coin include “Alter Ego,” helmed by up-and-comer Mehdi Ben Attia, which will get $558,700; and Chinese director Lou Ye’s “Bitch,” which will receive $698,300.

Ile de France hands out $20 million to 30 films a year. Grants can go to either French or foreign films as long as part of the lensing or post-production takes place in the Paris region.

John Hopewell contributed to this report.

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