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FUNDING Austria

The Vienna Film Fund announces its last round of grants for 2018

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- The Austrian support fund has revealed the identity of the recipients of its final production and development grants for this year

The Vienna Film Fund announces its last round of grants for 2018
Director Dieter Berner, who has received €600,000 for the historical biopic Alma and Oscar

At its final jury meeting of 2018, the Vienna Film Fund allocated €2.28 million for the production of eight feature films, and €56,500 for the project development of one fiction and one documentary production.

The biggest chunk of production funding (€600,000) goes to Dieter Berner’s historical biopic Alma and Oscar, about the love affair between two important Viennese cultural figures – Oskar Kokoschka and Alma Mahler, the latter played by Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread). This is Berner’s second take on Austrian painters after Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden [+see also:
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. Penned by Hilde Berger and Dieter Berner, the film is being produced by Novotny & Novotny, and co-produced by Wüste Film. The second-largest subsidy (€565,000) has been granted to The Teacher by Arman T Riahi, whose comedy The Migrumpies [+see also:
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 was a huge theatrical success last year. The story centres on teacher Hannes Fuchs, who re-discovers his own creativity while working at an educational centre for juvenile delinquents alongside an unconventional female colleague.

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The horror-drama Die Gespaltene Zunge by Peter Brunner (who is also behind the script), about a God-fearing mother (Meret Becker) and her simple-minded son (Franz Rogowsky), whose secluded life in the Alps runs into turmoil when their land becomes part of a tourist area, received €350,000 in funding. The movie is being produced by Ulrich Seidl Films. The last of the selected features is The Big Egg-Theft, a sequel to Rabbit School - Guardians of the Golden Egg [+see also:
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 by award-winning animation studio Arx Anima, which secured €300,000 in funding. Co-produced by Akkord Film, the tale of the brand-new adventures of Easter Bunny Max and his friends will be directed by Ute von Münchow-Pohl, from a script by Katja Grübel and Dagmar Rehbinder.

Furthermore, four documentaries were selected: Katharina Mückstein’s Feminism WTF (La Banda and Nikolaus Geyrhalter Film); Friedrich Moser’s Òrain – Beethovens Keltische Stimme, about the titular composer’s “Scottish Songs” (Blue and Green Communication and Media Co-op); Jan Meurer’s An Impossible Project – The Revenge of Analog, about a Viennese biologist who saved the last remaining Polaroid factory ten years ago (Mischief Films); and Constantin Wulff’s Public Value, which tackles the work of the Chamber of Labour in Vienna and the challenges it faces (Navigator Film).

Funding for project development went to A Girl and the Gun (Wega Film) by Marie Kreutzer, Johanna Moder and Mirjam Unger, and to Philipp Jedicke’s documentary Vienna Calling – Let’s Get Räudig (Amour Fou and Fruitmarket), about the key figures in the Viennese pop scene.

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