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New Danish-German Initiative Set Up

Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and the Danish Film Institute have initiated a co-development agreement to strengthen the collaboration between producers in northern Germany and Denmark.

This new agreement, tying in with the Danish Film Institute’s strategy for encouraging new strong international partnerships, will support the development of Danish-German projects that have the potential to develop into high quality feature films aimed at national and international audiences.

“We will hopefully see even more co-productions between Denmark and northern Germany in the future thanks to this initiative, which targets the development of stories that have an impact in both our countries,” says Claus Ladegaard, head of production and development at the Danish Film Institute, who signed the agreement on 28 August together with CEO of Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Eva Hubert.

“Our desire is, at an early stage, to support the creatives in Denmark and Germany financially and to give them time to develop the content of their projects together,” Eva Hubert comments.

The agreement allows for up to three feature film projects a year to be supported within the agreement’s three-year trial period. The development support is destined for co-productions between a Danish producer and a German producer based in the region of Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. Each project may receive a grant of up to 35,000 euro for the development of an extended treatment co-funded by the Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig Holstein and the Danish Film Institute.

The first application deadline is on 16 March 2015.

Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig Holstein and the Danish Film Institute will present their new development initiative during the 2015 Berlinale.

via the Danish Film Institute

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.