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FUNDING Switzerland

Foreign releases of 7 Swiss titles get funding

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Foreign releases of 7 Swiss titles get funding

European distributors of two local features and five documentaries have been granted €70,000 at the September session of the export funding programme, an initiative set up earlier this year by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (OFC) and national promotional agency Swiss Films (see news).

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Released on October 5 in Spain, Fredi M. Murer’s Vitus [+see also:
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was granted €15,000 through its distributor Sherlock Films, while Ventura Film received the same sum for today’s German release of Stefan Schwietert’s Echoes of Home [+see also:
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With €7,500, Breakout [+see also:
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by Mike Eschmann will open in the Czech Republic through Filmak on October 18 and in Slovakia on November 29.

Shellac has been granted €5,000 for the French release of Mehdi Sahebi’s Zeit des Abschieds (October 31), while Hevadis Films received €7,500 for Pierre-Yves Borgeaud’s Return to Gorée (out in France February 2008).

British distributor Dogwoof Pictures has been allocated €5,000 for A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash by Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack and Reto Caduff (out November 9).

Lastly, Kool Distribution, who will release Christoph Kühn’s Bruno Manser - Laki Penan in Germany on November 29, received €15,000.

An annual sum of €181,300 is awarded for theatrical exhibition of Swiss majority co-productions abroad. Distributors can receive up to €25,000 per title and per territory.

The next session will be held in December.

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(Translated from French)

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