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FUNDING Serbia

Serbia funds new projects by Puiu, Schanelec, Komandarev and Bartas

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- Film Center Serbia's minority co-production funding has gone to eight feature-length fiction films and two documentaries

Serbia funds new projects by Puiu, Schanelec, Komandarev and Bartas
Director Cristi Puiu, whose Manor House has received backing

Film Center Serbia has announced the results of its funding competitions in six categories, including minority co-productions of feature-length fiction and documentary films, as well as short fiction and animated films.

Among the winners are some of Europe's most highly acclaimed auteurs. Cristi Puiu's Manor House, co-produced by Romania's Mandragora and Serbia's Sense Production, received €101,634; Sharunas BartasIn the Dusk, co-produced by Lithuania's Studija Kinema, France's KinoElektron and Serbia's Biberche Productions, was awarded €100,387; Stephan Komandarev's Patrol Cars, a co-production between Bulgaria's Argo Film and Serbia's SEE Film Pro, got €59,263; and Angela Schanelec's I Was at Home, But…, co-produced by Germany's Nachmittag Film and Serbia's Dart Film & Video, received €42,377. 

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The list of awarded projects also includes three feature debuts by regional filmmakers known for their short films: Awakenings by Jure Pavlović, staged by Croatia’s Sekvenca and Serbia’s Wake Up Films (€42,377); You Have the Night by Ivan Salatić, produced by Montenegro’s Meander Film and Serbia’s Non-Aligned Films (€39,817); and After the Winter by Ivan Bakrač, produced by Montenegro’s ABHO and Serbia’s Akcija (€40,062). Additionally, Serbian director Stefan Malešević's first feature, Mamonga, produced through Bosnia's Sarajevo Film Academy and Serbia’s Nana 143, received €39,961. 

Two feature-length documentaries also received funding: Avenge by Slovenia's Marija Zidar, staged by Slovenia’s Vertigo and Serbia’s Baš Čelik (€33,838); and Nun of Your Business by Croatia's Ivana Marinić Kragić, produced by Croatia’s Marinis Media and Serbia’s Platforma (€16,939). 

The remaining projects that received backing are the fiction short The Shift by Luka Popadić, staged by Switzerland’s Radar Film and Serbia’s Prababa Produkcija (€16,939); the animated short Murder in the Cathedral by Tvrtko Rаšpulić and Mаtija Pisаčić, produced by Croatia’s Kinematograf and Serbia’s Pаpа Films (€33,857); another animated short, Man Wanted by Irida Zonga, staged by Greece’s Magikon and Serbia’s Mali Budo (€12,696); and the short animated doc Microcassette by Igor Bezinović and Ivana Pipal, produced by Croatia’s Bonobostudio and Serbia’s Theory at Work (€8,471).

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