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Abrahamson’s ‘Frank’ Offered €1m in Irish Film Board Funding
17 Oct 2012 : By Steve Cummins
Lenny Abrahamson
Lenny Abrahamson’s forthcoming feature film ‘Frank’ has been offered €1m in the latest round of Irish Film Board funding.

The Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson-starring project is one of 59 projects that have been offered development, distribution or production support in the third round of funding this year.

Abrahamson’s feature – which will begin shooting in December and is being co-produced by Element Pictures – received the largest offer of support.

Other notable offers were made to Treasure Entertainment for Vivienne DeCourcy’s ‘Wild’ (€300,000); Samson Films’ ‘The Sea’ (€220,000) and Tidal Productions’ ‘Oops…Noah Is Gone!’, which has been offered €350,000.

A documentary directed by Michael Madsen, entitled ‘The Visit’, has been offered a provisional offer of commitment.

Two projects which have already been completed were offered a total of €100,000 in production loans. Kirsten Sheridan’s ‘Dollhouse’ has been offered €20,000 while Lance Daly’s ‘Life’s A Breeze’ has been offered €80,000.

In total more than €2.4m has been offered in production loans by the IFB. The Film Board has also offered more than €491,500 in development loans and nearly €210,000 in distribution funding. The total funding on offer is €3.13m.

Among the writers and filmmakers offered development loans for projects are Kirsten Sheridan, ‘Skippy Dies’ writer Paul Murray, Ian Fitzgibbon and Ron Hutchinson.

Sizable distribution offers were made to Element Distribution which has been offered €150,000 of the €209,750 offered for two projects - ‘Grabbers’ and ‘What Richard Did’. Both projects have received €75,000.

The full list of projects offered funding are:

Production Loans

Project Director Writer Production Co Funding
Fiction Feature Films
Frank Lenny Abrahamson Jon Ronson & Peter Straughan Element Pictures €1,000,000
Wild Vivienne DeCourcy Vivienne DeCourcy Treasure Entertainment €300,000
Life's A Breeze Lance Daly Lance Daly Fastnet Films €80,000
The Canal Ivan Kavanagh Ivan Kavanagh Park Films Provisional Offer of Commitment
Dollhouse Kirsten Sheridan Kirsten Sheridan Warehouse Pictures €20,000
Fiction Creative Co-Production
The Sea Stephen Browne John Banvillle Samson Films €220,000
The F Word Michael Dowse Elan Mastai Fastnet Films €80,000
Animation
Oops...Noah Is Gone! Sean McCormack & Toby Genkel Richie Conroy & Mark Hodkinson Tidal Productions €350,000
The Dual   Terry Pratchett Giant Creative €30,000
Forest Evelyn McGrath & Kris Kelly Evelyn McGrath & Kris Kelly Blacknerth Studios €25,500
Documentary
Yximaloo Tadhg O'Sullivan   Research Bureau €25,000
Taking The Boat Tom Roberts Mark O'Halloran Soho Moon Pictures €25,000
The Swan Song Of Eliza Lynch Alan Gilsenan   Coco Television €35,500
Richard Ford: Borderlines Pat Collins   Harvest Films Provisional Offer of Commitment
Slow Food Story Stefano Sardo   Element Pictures €15,000
Born John Burke, Died Mohammad Omar Ross McDonnell   Fastnet Films €90,000
Get The Picture Cathy Pearson   Ferndale Films €25,000
The Visit Michael Madsen   Venom Provisional Offer Of Commitment
Completion Fund
Black Ice Johnny Gogan Brian Leyden Bandit Film & Still Films €50,000
Roadside Joe Comerford   Puddle Films €15,000
First Stage Documentary
Angel Viko Nikci   Samson Films €15,000
Antikythera Christina Gangos   Three Legged Dog Films €8,000
Waking Morag Tintos   Soho Moon Pictures €5,000
Circus On The Road Dieter Auner   Ikandi Productions €5,000
Stadium & Street Michael Doyle   Cutstone Productions €10,000
Unbreakable Ross Whitaker   True Films €5,000

Development Loans



Project
Director Writer Production Co Funding
First Draft Loans
Island Ian Fitzgibbon Ian Fitzgibbon & Deirdre Kinahan   €16,000
The Estate Lorcan Finnegan Garrett Shanley   €16,000
A Million Miles An Hour   Brendan Grant   €12,000
The Son Of God   Ivan Kavanagh   €12,000
Pikey King   Carmel Winters   €12,000
Black Rainbows Hugh O'Connor Paul Murray   €16,000
Prison Movie   Kirsten Sheridan   €12,000
To Chicago   Barry Devlin   €12,000
Detox   John Butler   €12,000
Fiction Development Loans
Big Silver Lining Paul Durnin Paul Durnin & Mark Doherty Angelo Films €15,000
La Domestique   Ciaran Cassidy Blinder Films €12,000
Frost Island Michael Kinirons Mia Ylonen Blinder Films €10,000
The Legend Of Longwood Lisa Mulcahy N. Kemper & G. Eckhaus Grand Pictures €10,000
Family Remains Gaby Dellal Eoin O'Connor Grand Pictures €12,000
Appetite   Johnny Ferguson Igloo Films €20,000
Ted & Mabel Marian Quinn Marian Quinn Janey Pictures €20,000
Simple Farmers Son   Ron Hutchinson Soho Moon Pictures €16,000
Four Letters Of Love   Niall Williams Element Pictures €40,000
Good As Gold   Colin Carberry & Glenn Patterson Wall Of Sleep Productions €20,000
Harms Way Cathal Black Adam Rynne Blinder Films €10,000
Annie Likes This   Rebecca O'Flanagan Treasure Entertainment €14,000
Dark Zone Anders Banke Tom Cosgrove Fantastic Films €10,000
Animation Development Loans
Nightglider Darragh O'Connell Jeremy Shipp Brown Bag Films €15,000
My Fathers Dragon Nora Twomey M. Le Fauve & J. Morgan Parallel Film Productions €30,000
Maya Gor Gerry Gill G. Gill & D. Stack Wiggleywoo Limited €25,000
What Will Katy Be? Jody Gannon Peter Reeves Treehouse Republic €37,000
Tipto Andrew Kavanagh Andrew Kavanagh Kavaleer Productions €25,000
Papa's Boy Levi Lemmetty Levi Lemmetty Ink & Light €26,500

Distribution Loans

Project Director Writer Production Co Funding
Print Provision
Men At Lunch Eamon O'Cualain   Sonta Productions €3,650
Marketing Support
Shadow Dancer James Marsh Tom Bradby Paramount Pictures €27,500
Grabbers Jon Wright Kevin Lehane Element Distribution €75,000
What Richard Did Lenny Abrahamson Malcolm Campbell Element Distribution €75,000
Dollhouse Kirsten Sheridan Kirsten Sheridan Eclipse Pictures €28,600





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