€30,000 granted to two Dutch-German children’s film projects
by Vitor Pinto
- Steven Wouterlood’s My Extraordinary Summer with Tess and The Shocker are currently at the script development stage
Two new projects targeting children and young audiences will be supported by the Netherlands Film Fund and the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung’s (MDM’s) co-development fund. The support allocated to both projects totals €30,000.
The Dutch-German project My Extraordinary Summer with Tess received €20,000 for script development. Laura van Dijk and Steven Wouterlood are writing the story about a ten-year-old who has just broken his leg during the summer holidays; he then meets Tess, a peculiar girl who has an ingenious plan for getting to know her biological father. Dutch production outfit Bind Film is on board along with German co-producer Ostlicht Filmproduktion. Wouterlood is attached as director.
The second project to be supported is a German-Dutch co-production entitled The Shocker, which was allocated €10,000. German producer Kinderfilm and Dutch co-producer Dutch Mountain Movies have partnered up to stage the film, the screenplay for which will be penned by Jan Galli and Florian Schnell – who will also direct the movie. The Shocker tells the story of a boy who falls victim to bullying, and who wants to learn the art of scaring people off from his eccentric uncle.
These are the latest projects to be co-financed by the Dutch-German co-development fund, which was launched at the Berlinale in 2015 (read more) in order to develop and co-produce high-quality films intended for the children of both countries and beyond.
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