Oz’s Film Finance to fund more pix

Animated '$9.99,' docu 'Forbidden Lie$' getting coin

Australia’s Film Finance Corp. has found enough loot in its coffers to back two more films this financial year, even though funds run out in December.

A stop-motion animated pic about the meaning of life, “$9.99” will be produced by Emile Sherman (“Candy”) and Amir Harel (“Paradise Lost”), while feature-length doc “Forbidden Lie$” will be scribe-helmer Anna Broinowski’s debut feature.

Australia’s first film co-production with Israel, “$9.99” teams Israelis Etgar Keret (writer) and Tatia Rosenthal (writer-director) on a story that weaves together the lives of inhabitants of a Sydney apartment block.

Fortissimo Films will rep international, and Dendy Films has local rights.

“Forbidden Lie$,” from veteran docu maker Broinowski, is part investigation, part dramatized story of “Forbidden Love” author Norma Khouri, who caused a literary scandal when it was revealed that her autobiography of her upbringing in Jordan was fictionalized.

Becker Films is repping “Lie$” for international, Palace has local distribution rights, and doc will be broadcast on pubcaster ABC.

These pics were funded by coin that became available when another title that received FFC commitment failed to secure the rest of its coin before deadline.

The FFC expects the other title will be funded in the next financial year.