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FUNDING Germany

Nordmedia hands out €3 million in grants

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- The German regional fund has announced the recipients of 55 grants, which include Ute von Münchow-Pohl’s next film in the Rabbit School franchise

Nordmedia hands out €3 million in grants
Director Ute von Münchow-Pohl, who has received €250,000 for Rabbit School - The Big Egg-Theft

In its latest funding session, Nordmedia (the main media promotion organisation in the states of Lower Saxony and Bremen) has supported 55 projects submitted in various categories with a total amount of €2,985,491.86. 

The highest subsidy for the production of a fiction feature (€250,000) went to the animated film Rabbit School - The Big Egg-Theft, the sequel to Rabbit School - Guardians of the Golden Egg [+see also:
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. Directed by Ute von Münchow-Pohl, and produced by Arx Anima Vienna in partnership with German companies SERU Film Produktion and Akkord Filmproduktion, the animation depicts the adventures of Easter Bunny Max and his friends. Tamara Bos’ Coppelia, a fairy tale that combines animation and live-action dance sequences, received the second-highest subsidy in the category (€130,000) and is being produced by MotionWorksFranky Five Star, a new drama by Birgit Möller, which will focus on a young woman who suffers from multiple personality disorder, has also received €100,000 worth of production support. The film will star Jella Haase in the leading role, and is being produced by Germany’s OneTwo Films and an Austrian co-producer. The same amount was earmarked for the production of Norbert Lechner’s The Walls Between Us, an adaptation of Katja Hildebrand’s novel of the same name, which is being produced by Kevin Lee Filmgesellschaft. Furthermore, the production of Gregory Kirchhoff’s drama Baumbacher Syndrome (produced by Kinescope Film Bremen) was supported to the tune of €50,000.

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Among the documentaries selected to receive production support is Jeremy Fekete’s Liberace – The King of Bling, which received the highest grant in its category (€60,000) and is also being produced by Kinescope Film. Marc Wiese’s How to Make a Revolution, staged by Dreamer Joint Venture Filmproduktion, and Marten Persiel’s The Way We Were, produced by Flare Film, received €50,000 worth of production support apiece. Other documentary projects that have received financial aid from the German institution are the Austrian-German production Doomsday Proof by Julia Neuhaus (€30,000), Jean Boué’s The Last Reporter (€25,000, produced by JAB Film and Pritzwalk) and Mucha – The Story of an Artist Who Created a Style (€20,000), written by Markéta Sára Valnohová and directed by Roman Vávra, an Austrian project that is being co-produced by Bremen’s Edition Maxim.

Furthermore, Nordmedia has awarded two grants for story and script development. The documentary Class Reunion - Celle Is a Yezidi City, written by Johannes Höber, directed by Arne Strackholder and produced by ENNO Film, has been supported with €23,000, whereas Jörg Schedlinski’s tragicomedy Schlorck has received €19,000 worth of development aid.

Three further titles were chosen to receive grants for project development. The mystery-thriller Emilie, written by Martin Dolejs and directed by Nils Loof, has received a grant of €25,000 and is being staged by Skalar Film. The Austrian-German drama The Tiger Jumps and Kills, directed by Felix Giese (and co-produced by Germany’s Headlight Rendezvous Film), has been bolstered with an amount of €30,000, whereas the documentary Money or Life, written by Sofia Harder and directed by René Harder, has secured €14,000 worth of support.

The complete list of selected projects can be found here.

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