Theodore Schwinke in Prague 08 Mar 2009 18:24
The Romanian National Film Centre (CNC) has announced approximately $4.4m in funding for film projects and productions, including $3.3m for feature film production.The single largest grant was $405,000 for Tuesday After Christmas by Radu Muntean (Boogie, The Paper Will Be Blue). Producer Multimedia Est presented the project at Rotterdam's CineMart earlier this year.Castel Film received $384,000 in production funds for Chira Chiralina, directed by Dan Pita (Hotel De Lux).
Saga Film received $380,000 for La Limitat De Jos A Cerului, directed by Igor Cobileanski from a script by the director and Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 East Of Bucharest). Mediapro Pictures' Happy Funerals, from director Horatiu Malaele, received $362,000. The only minority co-production funded in this session was $146,000 for The Mission Of The Human Resource Manager from Israeli director Eran Riklis. The project is a co-production between 2TeamProductions (Israel), Pallas Film (Germany) and Hai-Hui (Romania).
Last week the project won production support from German regional film fund Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung.One of three debut films to receive funding was Morgen, from director Marian Crisan. Crisan received the 2008 Palme d’Or for Best Short Film for Megatron. Produced by Mandragora, Morgen received $346,000. The other two debuts to receive grants were Copil-Miner from Alexandra Gulea and Carmen Nu Se Mai Intoarce from Doru Nitescue. Ten projects received development support, including About Cosmetics And Happiness, a new project from Romanian-Swiss director Ruxandra Zenide (Ryna).Five documentaries received a combined total of $441,000, among them Libra Film's Last Tango In Munich (dir. Alexander Nanau), a co-production with Lichtblick Film (Germany), and Anapurna by Florin Iepan.