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Jessica Hausner’s Club Zero and 26 other film projects receive funding from the Austrian Film Institute


- The new projects by Sabine Derflinger, Daniel Prochaska and Barbara Albert have also received grants

Jessica Hausner’s Club Zero and 26 other film projects receive funding from the Austrian Film Institute
Director Jessica Hausner, who received a script-development grant of €15,000 for Club Zero from the Austrian Film Institute (© Evelyn Rois)

The Austrian Film Institute has announced the recipients of its latest round of grants, which were decided on during its eighth funding session of 2019. The three members of the selection committee (Jakob Claussen, Mark Hirzberger-Taylor and Roland Teichmann) decided to split a total sum of €700,300 among 27 film projects and to hand out one grant for professional development.

Among the projects chosen to receive funding is Jessica Hausner’s Club Zero, which received a script-development grant of €15,000. The Austrian filmmaker is ready to follow up on the success of her sci-fi flick Little Joe [+see also:
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, which was part of the Cannes Film Festival’s main competition this year, with a satire. Inspired by the 13th-century fable The Pied Piper of Hamelin, in which the townspeople never pay the flute-playing rat-catcher for his services, leading him to take matters into his own hands by luring away their children, Hausner's film will focus on a female teacher's own revenge story. The teacher's anger is directed towards the parents who turn against her after their own children end up trusting her over them. Written by Hausner together with Geraldine Bajard, Club Zero is being produced by Austria’s coop 99 filmproduktion.

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Three further grants for script development went to the new projects by Daniel Prochaska. The psycho-thriller So dunkel der Wald (produced by Film AG Produktion), the vampire movie Strangers in the Night (staged by Amour Fou Vienna) and the drama Unsere Zeit wird kommen (produced by Wega-Filmproduktionsgesellschaft) received €15,000 worth of development support each.

Subsidies were also allocated to Sabine Derflinger’s new projects – namely, the drama feature Dazwischen: Ich (€15,000), the action flick Selmas Zeichen (€15,000) and the documentary Alice and Emma (€5,000).

In this funding session, the Austrian Film Institute also supported the development of the road movie 80 Plus by Sabine Hiebler-Ertl and Gerhard Ertl (€15,000), Gerald Salmina’s documentary Bjørn (€15,000), David Wagner’s fiction feature Eismayer (€15,000, staged by Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Film), Julia Zborowska’s science-fiction film Future Tense (€9,000), Chrysostomos Krikellis’ documentary IDCode (€6,000), the fiction feature Kap Liber, penned by Wolfgang Schmid (€15,000, produced by Plan C Filmproduktion), Catalina Molina’s coming-of-age drama Luna (€15,000, staged by Panama Film), Kathrin Resetarits’ fiction feature script Mit jeder sind alle gemeint (€15,000), Franz Novotny’s documentary Mimosen (€15,000), Johanna Moder’s drama script Mutterglück (€15,000), Andreas Schmied’s animation Operation Oma (€15,000, staged by SAMSARA Filmproduktion), Barbara Albert’s thriller Seelen (€8,000), Nana Jorjadze’s drama Ushba (€10,000, produced by EPO - Filmproduktionsgesellschaft), and Lorenz Tröbinger’s animated detective story Yamantau (€15,000).

The main Austrian funding institution also allocated four grants to projects that are currently at a later stage of development. In this category, the recipients were an adaptation of Christine Nöstlinger’s children’s novel Geschichten vom Franz (€15,000, staged by Nikolaus Geyrhalter Film together with Arx Anima Animation Studio), the romance drama Der grüne Wellensittich by Elsa Kremser and Levin Georg Peter (€15,000), Barbara Albert’s drama Der Tag wird kommen (€15,000, produced by coop 99 filmproduktion) and the fiction feature Nach Mogadischu, penned by Muhamed Harawe (€12,000).

As for the two projects selected to receive production support from the funding institution, these are Marko Doringer’s documentary Dream Factory (€15,000, produced by Marko Doringer Film) and the comedy Griechenland, helmed by Harald Sicheritz (€350,000, produced by E & A Film), which received the highest grant during the institution’s eighth funding session.

Lastly, the Austrian Film Institute’s grant for professional development, valued at €300, went to Emese Fay.

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