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The DFI gets animated

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The Danish Film Institute (DFI) has just awarded production support to two animation projects: Anders Morgenthaler’s children’s film The Apple and the Worm, produced by Copenhagen Bombay, and Rejsen Til Saturn (Journey to Saturn), produced by A.Film.

The new animated film by the director of Princess [+see also:
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is a “fruit road movie” in which Torben, a beautiful apple whose dream to win a fruit competition is crushed by the arrival of a worm, Silvia, in his shiny flesh. Together with his friend Newton, he puts together a risky plan to get rid of Silvia. Co-written by Morgenthaler and Marie Østerbye, the project was awarded DKK 5.5m (€737,755) by the DFI.

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Journey to Saturn, based on a classic Danish comic strip story by Claus Deleurans, will be adapted for the screen by Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg (who co-scripted Island of Lost Souls [+see also:
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) and directed by Craig Frank, Thorbjørn Christoffersen and Kresten V. Andersen.

The 3D animation film received a DKK 5.8m (€777,996) grant from the DFI and will be produced by Trine Heidegaard and Anders Mastrup for A.Film, Scandinavia’s biggest animation studio, behind Terkel in Trouble [+see also:
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and The Ugly Duckling and Me [+see also:
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.

Both The Apple and the Worm and Journey to Saturn will be ready in 2008.

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