German-Danish coproduction releases first production

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The German-Danish co-production initiative, which began in summer 2014 with the aim of strengthening project development with international partners, has just confirmed its first project. The initiative, with the Danish Film Institute and Filmforderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein working together to run it, will be giving €35,000 to develop the project In Love and War with the Danish partner Fridthjof Film.

The script for this co-production will be written by the German author Ruth Doma and the Danish writer-producer Ronnie Fridthjof. The story takes place during World War I and is about a Danish soldier who escapes the army and hides out close to his farm. When he finds out his wife has had an affair with a German officer, he faces a question of conscience.

In total, the German-Danish Coproduction Development Initiative supports up to three high-quality fiction features intended to be released in Germany and Denmark with up to €35,000 for each project. The application needs to be filed by a producer from Hamburg or Schleswig-Holstein as well as a Danish partner. “We want to support creative individuals from Denmark and Germany from very early on so that they have the time to develop their projects together, carefully,” says Eva Hubert, managing director of FFHSH.

The jury members who are tasked with selecting the projects are Claus Ladegaard, head of funding at the Danish Film Institute; Noemi Ferrer, head of international at the Danish Film Institute; Eva Hubert; and Katrin Mersmann, from the funding department at FFHSH. The German-Danish Coproduction Development Initiative is running over an initial trial period of three years.

– Cineuropa

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.