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Kinepolis, Bridge save Flemish fund

Documentaries to get production support

BRUSSELS — A scheme supporting documentaries made in Belgium has been rescued by distributors Kinepolis Film Distribution and Bridge Entertainment.

Launched last year by the Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and private broadcaster VTM, the scheme was suspended after its May deadline when the TV company pulled out, saying the projects submitted were not up to its expectations.

KFD and Bridge have now picked up the scheme, renamed Docudoc, with an eye to bringing out the docus in theaters and on DVD.

The scheme is designed to repeat the success of VAF’s Faits Divers fiction initiative, which produced local box office hits, such as “Moscow, Belgium.”

Docus must be long enough to make a cinema release practical, and the preference will be for films about Belgium, shot in Belgium.

Each film short-listed will receive E7,500 ($10,750) in development support. Those going into production will each receive a total budget of $130,000.

Depending on the quality of submissions, between four and six films will be produced. The first shortlist will be announced at the Ghent film fest in October.