Film fund hands out $14.5 million

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Teutonic film funder Filmstiftung NRW awarded $14.5 million to 34 pics in its April session, including projects by Dominique Deruddere, Til Schweiger and Ol Parker.

Belgian helmer Deruddere received the largest amount, $2 million, for “Die Hochzeitsfeier” (The Wedding Party). Produced by Belgium’s MMG and German shingles Typhoon Networks and Fanes Film, pic stars Armin Rohde, Uwe Ochsenknecht and Ulrike Kriener.

German thesp Schweiger got $1.7 million as director, writer and lead of romantic comedy “Barfuss” (Barefoot), produced in association with Buena Vista Intl.

Romantic comedy “Click,” the directing debut of British scribe Parker, was awarded $600,000. Pic, about a bride falling in love with another woman, is pro-duced by the U.K.’s Ealing and Fragile Films in association with German shingle X Filme Creative Pool.

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