International co-prods eligible for up to $640,000 in aid

TOKYO — Japan’s film industry org UniJapan has announced a certificate program giving international co-productions access to up to $640,000 of government coin.

To qualify, projects must have a minimum 20% funding from Japan, minimum 5% financing from abroad and creative contributions from Japanese nationals or permanent residents amounting to at least three points in the UniJapan point system. Finally, the production budget must be at least ¥100 million ($1.3 million).

Applications for the certificate must be made by Japanese producers or production companies. The point system differs for live action and animated pics.

Qualifying projects will receive a subsidy from the Cultural Affairs Agency amounting to 20% of the total budget, up to a maximum of $640,000.

The deadline for applications for 2013 subsidies is Nov. 16.

In related news, UniJapan announced the 19-film line-up for the Tiffcom Project Market, skedded for Oct. 23-25 at the Hotel Grand Pacific Le Daiba on Tokyo Bay.

The 19 projects are divided into four groups.

Five projects will be presented at the Ace Co-production Lab, a workshop running Oct.23-26 for Japanese and European biz pros, including Dogme 95 vet Soren Kragh-Jacobsen’s “Tokyo Torshavn” and “Centaur” from Kyrgyzstan helmer Aktan Arym Kubat.

Five projects by Korean helmers will be presented with the support of the Korean Film Council, including “The Last Princess” by “Dangerous Liaisons” helmer Hur Jin-ho and “House of the Killers” by Lee Young-mi.

There will be four Japanese projects, though the helmer of one, “Anima,” is Gaspard Kuentz, a French-born, Tokyo-based helmer responsible for the 2009 noise music docu “We Don’t Care About Music Anyway.”

Finally, there are five projects from the rest of the world, including two from U.S. helmers, documentarian Regge Life’s “Cocktail Party” and TV and indie vet Nancy Savoca’s “Time Difference.”

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