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The CNC hands out a plethora of development support grants

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- After Montpellier, Arras and Thessaloniki, the Amiens Film Festival has selected four projects as part of its Support Fund

The CNC hands out a plethora of development support grants
French director Jérémy Gravayat, whose project Atlas has received a grant from the CNC (© Cinémaduréel)

At the 35th Amiens International Film Festival (FIFAM), the projects Aliyushka dans la cité de fer by Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Kazakhstan), Un homme va mourir by Mama Keita (Guinea) and Perro negro by George Walker Torres (Venezuela) have bagged three grants worth €10,000 each, handed out to the directors as part of the Screenplay Development Support Fund. Set up by the CNC, the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Venezuelan National Autonomous Centre of Cinematography, the Central Social Activities Fund and the cultural services of French Embassies, in partnership with the Cannes Film Festival’s Producers Network, the fund also awarded a grant of €7,000 to the French project Atlas by Jérémy Gravayat. Interestingly, in the competition section of the Amiens Film Festival, the Jury Grand Prize went to The Magic Mountain [+see also:
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 by Romania’s Anca Damian, the Best Director Award was bestowed upon Eva Doesn’t Sleep [+see also:
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 by Argentinian director Pablo Agüero, Best Actress fell to France’s Liv Henneguier (for the Franco-Polish co-production Raging Rose [+see also:
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 by Julie Kowalski), Best Actor was handed to Spaniard Sergi Lopez for A Perfect Day to Fly [+see also:
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 by his fellow countryman Marc Recha, and the Audience Award went to Parasol [+see also:
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 by Belgian filmmaker Valéry Rosier.

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The CNC has been particularly busy in November in terms of its development support grants, as it is set to back three additional projects to the tune of €10,000 each. At the beginning of the month, at the 37th Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, the Franco-Algerian project En attendant les hirondelles by Karim Moussaoui (staged by David Thion for Les Films Pelléas) was the lucky title that benefited from the grant. Then, at the 56th Thessaloniki Film Festival, the Crossroads Awards singled out The Land of No One by Greece’s Christina Koutsospyrou and the UK’s Aran Hughes (produced by Vassilis Chrysanthopoulos for plays2place productions – read the news), who turned heads at Berlin in 2013 with the documentary To the Wolf [+see also:
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. Lastly, at the 16th Arras International Film Festival, the winner was the project The Disciple by Slovakia’s Ivan Ostrochovsky (who has won a string of awards for Koza [+see also:
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).

(Translated from French)

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