Senator Entertainment Backs Munich Film Festival's Newcomer Award

Jack English

Category: World Dramatic Competition
Synopsis: Joseph (Peter Mullan) finds redemption in Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian charity shop worker. But she harbors a dark secret that could destroy them both.
Director Paddy Considine: "We managed to raise 750,000 pounds. Because there wasn't a significant budget, I got left alone to do it. The way that I work is, I rewrite scenes as I go. I'd written this three-page dialog scene between the two lead actors, and I'd just shot the scene preceding that, and I decided, 'I'm not shooting this. I don't need it,' and I just cut it. I didn't have to explain that to three or four people. If it means that I make films with this kind of budget for the rest of my life to have that freedom, then so be it."

The German producer/distributor will bankroll the $15,000 CineVision Award for best first-time director at the fest.

COLOGNE, Germany - German producer/distributor Senator Entertainment has stepped in to put up the prize money for the CineVision Award, the top honor for young filmmakers at the Munich International Film Festival.

Senator, riding high after the box office success of French comedy Intouchables, will sponsor the $15,000 (€12,000) prize, given to a first-time director with a film screening at the Munich fest. Senator takes over from DZ Bank, which had been the sponsor of the CineVision honor.

Previous CineVision winners include Eran Kolirin, whose debut The Band's Visit took the honor in 2007, and Paddy Considine, who won last year with Tyrannosaur.

The 2012 Munich Film Festival runs June 29 - July 7.