Series 3 of Hinterland amongst 28 TV programmes supported by Creative Europe
Results for the latest round of Creative Europe's TV Programming funding have been published, with three UK companies receiving €880,000 overall. A total of just over €7 million has been awarded to 28 projects across Europe.
The successful UK applicants include Welsh production company Fiction Factory, who receive a grant of €500,000 for the third series of Hinterland (Y Gwyll). Creative Director Ed Thomas said, "We’re thrilled to be one of the successful recipients of the Creative Europe funding. A strong sense of place is integral to the success of Hinterland (Y Gwyll), and this award enables us to consolidate and build on our position in both the European and international marketplace."
Shot in both English and Welsh, the crime drama series centres around the pursuits of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Mathias, who is played by Richard Harrington (Poldark, Casualty). Set in Aberystwyth, against the backdrop of mountainous terrain, isolated farms and close-knit villages, it was the first BBC television drama with dialogue in both languages.
In addition, Magic Light Pictures has secured €300,000 for its animation project, Revolting Rhymes. Roald Dahl’s children's poem collection of the same name is the source material for the two-part animated series for BBC One, produced by the team behind popular MEDIA-funded shows The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. It will air over Christmas 2016 - the writer's centenary year.
The list of UK supported projects is concluded with a grant for production company Brakeless, which was awarded €75,955 for its documentary, Tokyo Girls. Produced for BBC Storyville and ARTE, the film follows aspiring pop singers and explores what it means to grow up as a girl in a society obsessed with young female sexuality.
The TV Programming scheme is designed to support independent European TV companies producing programmes with the involvement of several broadcasters from at least three different countries. 103 applications were submitted in total, with nine from the UK.
The €1 million grants allocated to series with budgets above €10 million went to France's Atlantique Productions for Midnight Sun (Jour Polaire) and Denmark's Nordisk Film Production for the second instalment of The Team, a series which was previously supported by the MEDIA sub-programme.
The first ever French-Swedish co-production from the directors of The Bridge, high-concept, multi-lingual thriller Midnight Sun (Jour Polaire) shot on location in Sweden’s Arctic region.
Meanwhile, the second series of international crime drama The Team follows three police officers trying to unravel a ruthless European criminal organisation.
The overall application success rate for this funding opportunity was 27%, with 28 applications securing funding out of 103 submitted. Successful applications came from 16 countries including Latvia, Cyprus and Poland. France received the most funding: €2.4 million for six projects, followed by Denmark with €1.2 million for four programmes. The UK, Sweden and Germany had three successful applications each.
In addtion to these results, the selected projects for the April 2015 Single Project deadline have also recently been announced, with Bristol-based UK company Arthur Cox receiving a grant of €60,000 for their their TV animation Jasia.
Photo: Series 3 of Hinterland (Y Gwyll) is funded through the MEDIA sub-programme's TV Programming scheme.
19 Oct 2015