As an active member of the European Network of Regional Film funds (CineRegio), screen.brussels defends along with the other 47 members European Cinema. The significant number of films supported by regional film funds at the Berlinale reflects the importance of regional film funds for the European audio-visual sector and highlights the significant financial contribution & role of the regional film agencies in creating and defending European cultural diversity and the European Co-production model.
CineRegio members back 42 films at Berlinale, incl. 14 films in Panorama, 5 in Forum Competition, 4 in Berlinale shorts, 8 titles in Generation, as well as, 8 of the 17 films in this year’s Main Competition (12 of the 17 films are EU/European majority – hence, 67% of the EU Films in Main Competition are supported by CR members). Read the full list here
The high number of films selected every year in Berlin & Cannes and supported by regional film funds highlights the significant importance, financial contribution, and role of regional film agencies in creating and defending European cultural diversity and the European Co-production model.
Hellhole premiered in Panorama
Backed by screen.brussels (Session 2, November 2016), Hellhole premiered in Berlin as part of the Panorama selection. Directed by Bas Devos, and produced by Minds Meet, Hellhole follows three starkly different people in the months after the terrorist attacks in Brussels, March 2016. A Flemish doctor, whose son is a fighter jet pilot on a mission in the Middle East, is forced to confront his loneliness. A young man from Algerian descent is asked by his brother to do him a deceivingly simple favor. An Italian woman, who works in the heart of the European Institutions, is slowly losing control under the pressure of her demanding life. The same question that seems to haunt the city, looms over their lives: where do we go from here?