The fund invests in its first documentary film

12 Apr 2018, Posted by Liv Saalbach Holse in Uncategorized @en

Copenhagen Film Fund invests 1.6 million Danish crones in Final Cut For Real's upcoming documentary film FLEE.

The partially animated documentary film tells the story of the 11-year-old boy Amin, who is forced to flee from Afghanistan. An escape that separates his family in all directions. FLEE becomes the first time, Amin tells the true story of how he arrived alone in Denmark, just 16 years old. The film is directed by Danish Jonas Poher Rasmussen.

"It's a powerful story with many layers. It's exciting to be on board this production because it's not the typical documentary film. The story is different and relevant to the audience", says Thomas Gammeltoft, director of Copenhagen Film Fund.

In addition to the animated sequences of the main character's memories, the film also contains live-action archive recordings and Amin's own reflections on his present life in Denmark as a PhD student.

The main part of the film's animation, as well as the main production itself, will be produced in Copenhagen with an estimated consumption of 10 million Danish crones.

This is the first time the fund invests in a documentary film, but not the first collaboration with Final Cut for Real. Last year, the production company came out with the political thriller CAIRO CONFIDENTIAL, which was funded by Copenhagen Film Fund.

"The fund wants to invest in more documentaries in the future if the circumstances are right. We are also thinking of launching a festival price for documentaries. The genre typically has a significantly lower consumption than fiction, and it has previously not been relevant for the fund to invest in that direction. However, it is an important genre we will try to accommodate", says Thomas Gammeltoft.

FLEE is produces by Monica Hellström from Final Cut For Real in co-production with Charlotte De La Gournerie from Sun Creature Studio, and funded by the Danish Film Institute, DR, West Danish Film Fund, the Ministry of Education and the Animation Workshop in Viborg. CinePhil is responsible for international sales.

The film is in production and expected to be completed in early 2020.