First deadline for Screen Flanders submissions

dinsdag, 18 december 2012

The government of Flanders has launched the first call for submitting projects to the Screen Flanders fund. Applications can be submitted until 28 February 2013, 12 (noon). Initiated by Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters, also responsible for Economic Affairs, and Flemish Minister for Culture Joke Schauvliege, the government decided to annually reserve 5 million euros (6,53 million US dollars) aimed at supporting audiovisual activity in the region.

The Flemish government offers financial support via Screen Flanders to audiovisual productions that spend (part of) their budget within the Flemish Region.
Projects that invest a minimum of 250,000 euros (326,813 US dollars) in the Flemish region will be eligible.
Every euro entrusted to a production must generate at least one euro of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders Region. The maximum support per project is 400,000 euros (522,810 US dollars).

Who is eligible for Screen Flanders?
Screen Flanders is specifically aimed at production companies. However, they must be:

• an audiovisual production company;
• officially based in Belgium at the time of receiving the payment;
• they must meet the definition of an enterprise (stipulated in article 3 of the decree of 16 March 2012);
• and have no direct or indirect link with a local broadcaster (as stipulated in article 2, 49° of the decree of 27 March 2009 on radio- broadcasting and television).

What types of productions are eligible?
Fiction, documentary or animation films with a running time of at least 60 minutes and animation series are eligible. The (co-)production must enrich the cultural patrimony of Flanders.

Want to submit?
The deadline for the current call for submissions is Thursday 28 February 2013, 12 (noon). All applications will be presented to a jury that consists of both economic and cultural experts who will assess and prioritize all projects. Available funding (5 million euros or 6,53 million US dollars for the February 2013 call) will be divided among the highest-ranking applications.

The complete manual for Screen Flanders will soon be available in English and French. Location Flanders / Screen Flanders will keep you posted. The Screen Flanders introduction flyer (published May 2012) can be downloaded here.

Need more information?
In search for a local co-producer? Consult the Location Flanders Industry Database.
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