Senator Entertainment Backs Munich Film Festival's Newcomer Award

Jack English
Paddy Considine won the CineVision honor last year for "Tyrannosaur."

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.

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