The Romanian National Film Center gives out €10.7 million in production support
by Stefan Dobroiu
- 60 titles have received backing, including six features and shorts in which Romania is a minority co-production country
The Romanian National Film Center has announced the winners of its sole call for production support in 2017. After more than 200 projects were submitted, the annual total of €10.7 million was eventually handed to 17 fiction feature films, ten fiction feature debuts, five fiction features expected to celebrate Romania's Great Union centenary, 15 documentaries and seven animations.
Of the €10.7 million, approximately €5.25 million went to 17 fiction features by established directors. The winning projects are Radu Jude’s Tipografic-Majuscul. 20/20, Bogdan Mirică's Boss, Horaţiu Mălăele's Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals and Cine-verite, Vlad Păunescu's Make-up Booth, Ivan Ostrochovski's The Disciple, Andrei Gruznsniczki's Emil, Dan Piţa's Ecce Homo - 15 August 7222, Alexandru Maftei's The Living Among the Dead, Marian Crişan's The Servant, Cristina Iacob's The Orthodox Brigade, Nicolae Constantin Tănase's Decent People, Ovidiu Georgescu's The Silent Conductor, and Napoleon Helmis' T&S. Two minority co-productions were also included in the list: Tomasz Waskilewski's Fools and Kohki Hasei's Drunken Fish on the Moon.
Approximately €1.61 million were shared by ten first fiction features: Adrian Sârbu's Simion Liftnicul, Bogdan Mureşanu's 1985, Adrian Voicu's The Warning, Octav Chelaru's Balaur, Ştefan Constantinescu's Man-Dog, Andrei Huţuleac's Dog Poo Girl, Tom Wilson's The Last Film of Quixote, Eugen Jebeleanu's Inside and Mihai Mălaimare's Winged Schnitzels. The minority co-production Waterfall CEO by Bulgarian director Svetoslav Draganov also received production support in this category.
A further €1.075 million were shared by five “thematic” features, as this year the country is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Great Union, when Transylvania, Moldova and Wallachia became Romania. The same amount was given to 15 documentaries, with a further €1.075 million going to seven animations. Short films and projects in development also received funding.
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