'Poll' among recipients of MFG funding


BERLIN -- MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, the southern German state's funding institution, announced the recipients of the latest round of subsidies, with "Four Minutes" director Chris Kraus and Frankfurt-based animation house Scopas Medien AG being among the recipients.

Kraus' "Poll" -- his highly anticipated follow-up to "Four Minutes," which won the German film award last year -- will receive 200,000 euros ($310,000). The drama, set on the eve of World War I, already received 450,000 euros ($700,000) in January from local funding body Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Alexandra Kordes and Meike Kordes are producing the film, which was planned to go into production this year, but has recently been pushed back to 2009.

Animated kids feature "The Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams" -- based on the popular puppet show for children, which was a regular treat for kids in East and West Germany, with two distinct yet similar versions produced in each country from 1959-90 -- was given 200,000 euros ($310,000) in funding. It has already received 800,000 euros ($1.25 million) from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

The film, which is produced by Scopas, Hamburg-based Movie Company Film u. Fernseh GmbH and Motion Works GmbH from Halle, will depart from the series' origins, leaving puppets behind in favor of traditional animation, but will keep the main character's iconic look. Warner Bros. will distribute in Germany.

MFG funded 11 out of 36 projects in this funding round, with a total of 1.1 million euros ($1.7 million) in subsidies in the categories of screenplay, preparation and production. The next deadline for submissions is June 2.