Currently In Production
As a result of Voxx's partnership with Double 4 Studios, the two companies are coproducing several projects including the feature length documentary (provisionary title) “Fair Play”, written and directed by Tunde Skovran. The documentary deals with the complexity of gender definition and its effects on international athletes in today’s divided world. Shooting commenced July 2018 in South Africa.
“Under the Iron Curtain”, a feature film to be followed by a spin-off TV series about the life of a criminalist, and the cases he needs to solve when communist Romania transitions into capitalism through turbulent events. Production is scheduled to commence in 2019 in the United States and Romania. Based on a collection of best-selling novels.
Another co-production between Double 4 and Voxx Studios is the provisionary title “A Safe World” (2019), a film by Kate Jopson and Tunde Skovran based on true events; the struggle of a victim of a mass shooting to regain her life. This film is to commence filming in 2019 in the United States and Romania.
Contributor of Variety originally posted on Variety
Romania has aggressively joined the club of former Soviet bloc nations vying for international film business, jumping beyond the usual range of rebates of 20% to 25% on production spend with a 35% offer.
Following more than a decade of debate and foot-dragging, the Romanian government finally heeded the request of local producers, approving the rebate package Wednesday and setting aside a fund to distribute up to €50 million ($58 million) annually to attract new film business. The plan, a budgetary policy rather than a fixed law, will be in place until the end of 2020, according to Alex Traila of the Romanian Film Center, who called the move a welcome addition long awaited by the film industry.
The rebate plan puts Romania on a more equal footing with Hungary and the Czech Republic, where incentives have been in place for years. Both of those countries have become magnets for international film production. Final guidelines setting out details of payment eligibility and timeframes are expected to be approved within the next two weeks.
The system, which will offer a 35% cash rebate on production spend of at least €100,000, will be available for feature films and shorts, TV series, direct-to-video productions, Internet films, documentaries and animated projects. Productions will be able to take home a maximum of €10 million per project or, for TV series, per season.
In cases where the production is “explicitly promoting Romania” and spending 20% of total budget in the country, producers could score an additional 10% cash back, for a total rebate of 45%.
International productions will also be required to partner with a local production services company or co-producer to qualify.
The plan is expected to go into effect as early as the end of July.
30%-35% savings over Prague, 50% savings or more over London, up to 80% savings over U.S. prices, landscape galore, experienced crews by US standards and great actors, internationally acclaimed local producers now ready for co-productions with the U.S., and an EU mandatory quota of local content for both broadcast and streaming – are these strong enough arguments to think “Romania” for your next project?
We’ll have an open conversation about all aspects of shooting and/or co-producing in Romania. Brought to you by Double 4 Studios and Romanian Filmmakers Association (UCIN). A reception under the auspices of The Consulate General of Romania in L.A. will follow.
Andrei Zinca, Director/Producer; Owner, Double 4 Studios US
Robert Bernacchi, Producer/VP of Production, Skydance Media US
Andrei Boncea, Producer/Co-Owner, Frame Film Romania & Former VP of Content, CME
Bogdan Moncea, Producer, Castel Film Studios Romania
Ada Solomon, Producer/Owner, Hi Film Productions Romania
Mihai Fulger, Member of the Board Romanian National Film Centre, Director of National Film Archives
We proudly collaborated with the Institute for Romanian Culture and the prestigious film festival in organizing the participation in the competition and outside of it of four Romanian films. Directors, producers and actors from Romania met with audiences at full house screenings at Laemmle Theater in Beverly Hills. THE TRIP WE TOOK WITH DAD, directed by Anca Miruna Lazarescu received 4 awards, a record for the festival.
Despite the fact that “Focus on Romania - Ft. Lauderdale Waves 2015”
celebrates only its second year of existence, South Florida film lovers
already cherish its return to CINEMA PARADISO, this October 22nd through 25th.
Five feature films, a documentary and a collection of award winning shorts from
Romania will screen at the well-known art-house, home of the Ft. Lauderdale
International Film Festival (FLIFF), this year at its 30th edition. Guest filmmakers
from Romania will again present and discuss their work with the interested