The VAF’s 2012 balance-sheet: international scope and real promise for TV series
- Two years after its creation, the VAF's Media Fund dedicated to television productions has reached its cruising speed, whilst films are being sold internationally with increasing success
In parallel to the results in Belgian cinemas (read the news), the VAF welcomed the great success of Flemish films abroad, following up the more “traditional” success of Belgian francophone films.
In this respect, the VAF underlined the numerous selections in international festivals. In 2012, Flanders Image recorded a total of 1,410 selections which won 298 awards (versus 961 selections in 2011 and 113 awards). As for international sales, the animated series International Hareport by Jan Bultheel and Fabrice Fouquet brought in the highest receipts last year. It was sold in 27 territories outside the Benelux. Other titles that sold well were Hasta la vista [+see also:
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film profile] by Michaël R. Roskam (13). The VAF believes that the bonus for international distribution launched at the beginning of this year should boost even more sales of Belgian Flemish-language projects in the future.
As for production subsidies, the Film Fund dedicated 7.8 million euros to fiction projects, 1.7 million euros to animation projects, 1.2 million to documentaries and 434,000 euros to the Filmlab.
After two years of existence, the number of funding requests made to the Media Fund has skyrocketed. During the past year, the Media Fund financed fiction series projects to the tune of 3.7 million euros, whilst 1.7 million euros were allocated to animated series and 620,000 euros went to documentary series. The VAF also commended the good audience ratings recorded by the first selected series, such as Deadline 14/10, Parade's End, Quiz Me Quick, Salamander, The Spiral, Clan, the last two having also been presented at the FIPA in Biarritz… Many others are already ready for 2013 and 2014. Moreover, several series are in negotiations for the sale of rights for possible remakes.
(Translated from French)
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