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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Slovenia

The Slovenian Film Centre splits €2.5 million among ten projects

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- The new feature films by Slobodan Maksimović, Igor Šterk, Žiga Virc and Ivan Gergolet have received the bulk of the funding in the most recent competition

The Slovenian Film Centre splits €2.5 million among ten projects
Director Slobodan Maksimović, who has received €550,000 for Beanie

The Slovenian Film Centre has announced the winners of its most recent competition for the production of feature-length fiction, documentary and debut fiction films.

Slobodan Maksimović, known for the local hit Thanks for Sunderland [+see also:
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(2012) and the successful children's film Nika [+see also:
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(2016), received the largest amount, €550,000, for Beanie, which is being produced through Senca Studio.

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Igor Šterk (Come Along [+see also:
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, 9:06 [+see also:
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) got €500,000 for Lunatic (working title), which he is working on through AAC Productions.

Žiga Virc, whose feature debut, Houston, We Have a Problem [+see also:
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! (2016), was a festival hit at Tribeca and Karlovy Vary, and was the first film from the region of the former Yugoslavia to be co-produced by HBO, received €480,000 for The Last Hero, produced through Studio Virc.

Ivan Gergolet, whose Dancing with Maria [+see also:
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premiered in the Venice Critics’ Week in 2014 and won the Premio Cinematografico "Civitas Vitae prossima" Award, later securing a nomination for the European Film Awards, secured €398,500 for The Man Without Guilt, a Staragara production.

Two debut-feature projects by women filmmakers have also received funding: €349,981 are going to Rahela Jagrič Pirc's The Space Within Us (Arsmedia) and €96,000 to Maja Prelog's Cent'anni (Cvinger Film).

Finally, two feature-length documentaries have been awarded grants: Igor Vrtačnik is getting €61,400 for the Film Horizont production Skozi moje oči (lit. “Through My Eyes”), and €50,000 go to Jurij Gruden's Senca Studio production Iza bitne zavese (lit. “Behind the Byte Curtain”).

The full amount of allocated grants is €2,485,881.

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