German film board earmarks $4.56 mil

Matsutani, Geschonnek, Buck projects funded

BERLIN -- The German Federal Film Board (FFA) today earmarked 400,000 euros ($623,660) for Constantin Films' "Pandorum," a sci-fi/horror hybrid to be directed by Christian Alvert ("Antibodies").

The co-production with Impact Pictures was shopped around at last year's American Film Market and will reportedly star Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster.

Another 350,000 euros ($545,700) will go to Berlin-based Herbstfilm Produktion for the omnibus film "Deutschland 09," a collection of stories focused on the current political and social situation in Germany to be directed by a who-is-who of Germany's young directing elite. Participating helmers include Fatih Akin, Wolfgang Becker, Dominik Graf, Dany Levy, Hans Steinbichler and Tom Tykwer.

Altogether, the FFA provided 2,925,000 euros ($4,560,500) in this funding round for 10 projects, which also included works by filmmakers Rainer Matsutani, Matti Geschonnek and Detlev Buck.