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Screen Flanders is a website that provides information and services for audiovisual activities in the Flanders Region (Belgium). This case study aims to showcase how Screen Flanders has helped to boost the local and international audiovisual industry, create employment opportunities, and attract foreign investments.

Objectives

Screen Flanders has two main objectives:

  • To provide financial support to audiovisual productions and co-productions that spend all or part of their budget in the Flanders Region, through its Economic Fund.
  • To provide information and assistance to both domestic and international filmmakers regarding location scouting, incentives and production and post-production services in the Flanders Region, through its Film Commission.

Screen Flanders also promotes the Belgian Tax Shelter, an attractive tax incentive for audiovisual works in Belgium, and facilitates international co-productions with Flanders.

Methods

Screen Flanders operates under the remit of Economic Affairs Minister Jo Brouns, in close cooperation with Cultural Affairs Minister Jan Jambon. The annual budget of Screen Flanders (3.5 million euros) is provided by VLAIO. The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) manages the applications and promotes the fund.

Screen Flanders has two main components: the Economic Fund and the Film Commission.

Economic Fund

The Economic Fund is a financial support measure that grants refundable advances to audiovisual productions and co-productions that spend all or part of their budget in the Flanders Region. The fund supports various types of audiovisual works, such as feature films, documentaries, animation, TV series, and VR projects.

Belgian producers can apply to receive up to 400,000 euros refundable advances by way of economic support to cover their audiovisual expenses in the Flanders Region. Foreign producers interested in applying for the fund can co-produce with a Belgian producer that satisfies all the selection criteria.

The fund has two application deadlines per year: 10 March and 8 September. The applications are evaluated by an independent jury composed of experts from the audiovisual sector. The jury assesses the applications based on the following criteria:

  • The economic impact of the project in the Flanders Region
  • The artistic quality of the project
  • The feasibility of the project
  • The sustainability of the project

The jury makes a recommendation to VAF, which then makes a final decision on granting or refusing support. The applicants are notified of the decision within 60 days after the application deadline.

Film Commission

The Film Commission is a service that helps filmmakers with location scouting, incentives and production and post-production services in the Flanders Region. The commission offers a location database that showcases the stunning locations and unique diversity of architectural styles in Flanders, such as castles, churches, forests, canals, and modern buildings. The commission also provides assistance with permits, logistics, crew, equipment, facilities, and accommodation.

The commission works closely with local film offices, professional associations, and service providers to ensure a smooth and efficient filming experience in Flanders. The commission also organises events and workshops to promote Flanders as a film destination and to foster networking opportunities among filmmakers.

Results

Screen Flanders has been supporting high-quality and diverse audiovisual works since 2012, and has contributed to the success and recognition of many local and international productions. Some examples of supported projects are:

  • The Eight Mountains, a film adaptation of the best-selling novel by Paolo Cognetti, directed by Belgian directors Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch. The film won four awards at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards: Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Sound.
  • Rough Diamonds, a crime drama series produced by De Mensen and Keshet International for Netflix and VRT. The series follows a group of diamond traders who get involved in a dangerous heist.
  • Arcadia, a sci-fi thriller series produced by jonnydepony for Eén & VRT MAX. The series is set in a dystopian future where a mysterious virus has wiped out most of humanity.
  • The King’s Choice, a historical drama film directed by Erik Poppe. The film depicts the events of April 1940, when the German invasion of Norway forced King Haakon VII to make a crucial decision.

According to Screen Flanders’ website, since its launch in 2012 until 2020:

  • Screen Flanders has supported 157 projects with a total amount of 28 million euros.
  • Screen Flanders has generated an economic return of 6 euros for every euro invested.
  • Screen Flanders has created more than 10,000 jobs in the audiovisual sector.
  • Screen Flanders has attracted more than 100 foreign co-producers from 25 countries.

Impact

Screen Flanders has had a positive impact on the audiovisual sector in Flanders, as well as on the cultural and social aspects of the region. Some of the impacts are:

  • Screen Flanders has helped to put Flanders on the international audiovisual map by improving its appeal, particularly to foreign productions, and strengthening its competitive position relative to other regions.
  • Screen Flanders has stimulated the local audiovisual industry by creating employment opportunities, fostering talent development, and supporting innovation and diversity.
  • Screen Flanders has attracted foreign investments and enhanced the international visibility and reputation of Flanders as a film destination and a co-production partner.
  • Screen Flanders has supported audiovisual works that reflect the cultural identity and diversity of Flanders, as well as its historical and contemporary issues.
  • Screen Flanders has contributed to the social and educational value of audiovisual works, by raising awareness, stimulating debate, and inspiring audiences.

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