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VENICE 2019 Venice Production Bridge

Increased support for Franco-Italian works

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- VENICE 2019 : CNC and MiBAC reveal, on the Lido, a revamped bilateral fund, enlarged and strengthened in favour of co-productions between the two countries

Increased support for Franco-Italian works
At the mic, Olivier Henrard, CNC deputy managing director, to his right, Mario Turetta, managing director for cinema and the audiovisual at MiBAC (© CNC)

Created in 2013 to stimulate artistic and technical co-productions on Franco-Italian feature films (which tended to limit themselves to purely financial associations authorised by the co-production treaty signed by the two countries), the bilateral development fund controlled by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC) and by CNC, takes on a new dimension unveiled yesterday on the Lido, on the occasion of the 76th Venice International Film Festival, by Mario Turetta (managing director for cinema and the audiovisual at MiBAC) and Olivier Henrard (CNC deputy managing director), with minister Alberto Bonisoli present.

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The new structure doubles the size of the fund, which rises to €1M per year; opens a new specific section called “help for co-production” which will allow to follow projects at a more advanced stage, with the possibility to grant bigger sums (up to €200,000); and widens the help for the development of TV series. These measures aim to develop artistic cooperation in order to encourage ambitious Franco-Italian co-productions with potential on international markets.

After six years and 12 calls for proposals, the fund has supported, at the development stage (via grants worth up to €50,000), 93 feature length projects, such as Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pietro Marcello
film profile
]
(in competition this year in Venice), Carlo Sironi’s Sole [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carlo Sironi
film profile
]
(also in Venice this year, in the Orizzonti section), Lorenzo Mattotti’s The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lorenzo Mattotti
film profile
]
(discovered last May in Cannes, in Un Certain Regard), Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s Sicilian Ghost Story [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film profile
]
(which premiered in Critics’ Week 2017), Alessandro Comodin’s Happy Times Will Come Soon [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, Annarita Zambrano’s After the War [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Annarita Zambrano
film profile
]
, as well as the upcoming films from Michelangelo Frammartino and Jonas Carpignano, who are working on Le Trou (Il buco) and A Chiara, respectively.

The first call for proposals for this new fund will be launched on Thursday 12 September, the deadline for applications being fixed to Thursday 31 October.

(Translated from French)

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