The Film Fund, the official institution for financial aids to audiovisual projects, has presented its annual report for 2017: in total 64 of 119 submitted projects have been funded with over 30 million euro.
The aid granted to the production of documentaries of more than 900.000 euro was twice as high as the financial aid given to short or middle length films (almost 400.000 euro). A sum of almost 10,5 million euro was invested in feature-length movies, only topped by the 14,5 million euro granted to aid the production of animated movies. To promote national productions at film festivals a sum of 206.213 euro was invested. The Film Fund institution is evolving constantly. This year, a new fund has been introduced, in cooperation with Rockhal and music:LX, to provide financial help to video clip productions.
Luxembourgish movies, or movies of luxembourgish coproduction, are progressively gaining recognition on an European and international level. The coproduction Tel Aviv on Fire, a project that was also supported by the Film Fund, won the price for best Israeli movie and for best script at the 34th Haifa International Film Festival. 70% of the movie have been filmed on the Filmland set in Kehlen by Luxembourgish, Belgian, French and Israeli partners. The production Gutland directed by the Luxembourger Govinda Van Maele won the price for best first international feature at the 30st Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland. On an international level, a bright future can be predicted: Production deals have already been signed with Canadian, Japanese and Chinese partners.
An evolving animation industry
Luxembourg also holds a certain reputation in the animation industry, thanks to important developments that have occurred in the last 25 years. Also aided by the Film Fund, animated features such as Ernest et Celestine; Song of the Sea; Kirikou or The Breadwinner have been praised internationally.
In order to promote the Luxembourgish animation industry and to take advantage of all its potential, an Advanced Technician's Certificate in animation drawing has been developed in a collaboration between the Technical Highschool for Arts and Crafts and animation studios to train and support young talents.
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