Location Flanders launches annual location grant at Cannes
Production companies offering Flanders the international spotlight will be able to apply for a location grant of EUR25,000, which will be awarded each year to one TV series or foreign film. Prospective productions will have to pass a cultural test before a jury makes the final decision.
Fabian Desmicht, of Location Flanders, said: “There will be one project a year chosen to receive the grant. Productions should hand over their files over the next few months. The cultural test is more of a suggestion for filmmakers about what their project should feature content-wise, such as specific locations and storyline.”
The cultural test is more of a suggestion for filmmakers about what their project should feature content-wise, such as specific locations and storyline.
Fabian Desmicht, Location Flanders
The grant is designed to cover the cost of equipment rental, the use of a location scout and other local professionals, as well as location fees. The production chosen to receive the grant will also get free assistance from local film offices in Bruges, Leuven, Ostend, Antwerp, Ghent and Mechelen.
The organisation is pushing the region’s appeal as a filming location for projects with an historic slant. It suggests the upcoming anniversary of the Treaty of Ghent and the centenary of the First World War provide opportunities for productions dealing with these events.
Companies have until 30th September 2011 to apply for the first grant. The successful applicant will be announced in November.
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