The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced the 22 projects it will be supporting in its Spring Selection Round.
This fund, which supports filmmakers from developing countries, is giving 302.500 Euros to projects from sixteen Asian, African or Latin-American countries.
Among the supported projects is Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof’s Goodbye, which premieres this week in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section.
In a statement about the support to this film, Hubert Bals Fund Manager Iwana Chronis says: “Because of the urgency of the situation and the quality of his film, we strongly feel that Mr. Rasoulof, like all filmmakers who are so incredibly courageous to keep on making films under difficult circumstances, earns this support.”
Other filmmakers backed include Adrian Biniez (Gigante, Uruguay),Ciro Guerra (Los Viajes Del Viento) (Colombia), Nicolás Pereda (Verano De Goliat, Mexico) and Hawa Essuman (Soul Boy, Kenya).
The full line up of the IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund Spring 2011 Selection:
Post-production funding or final-financing
Girimunho – Helvécio Marins Jr. & Clarissa Campolina - Brazil
Good Bye – Mohammad Rasoulof – Iran
Neighbouring Sounds – Kleber Mendonça Filho - Brazil
Postcards from the Zoo – Edwin - Indonesia
Verano - José Luis Torres Leiva – Chile
Greatest Hits – Nicolás Pereda - Mexico
Strange Love – Natasha Mendonca - India
Script and project development
El 5 de Talleres – Adrian Biniez - Uruguay
El abrazo de la serpiente – Ciro Guerra - Colombia
Beijing Time - Zhang Yuedong - China
The Blue Wave – Zeynep Dadak & Merve Kayan- Turkey
The Boda Boda Thieves – Donald Mugisha - Uganda
Ciego – Fernando Zuber – Argentina
Cyan Island - Weng Shou-ming - China
Djin – Hawa Essuman - Kenya
Humidity – Nikola Ljuca - Serbia
Oblivion Verses - Alireza Khatami – Iran
The River’s Bend – Felipe Bragança - Brazil
Where Is My Home - Li Ruijun - China
Viva Riva! (2010, Congo-Kinshasa) by Djo Tunda Wa Munga, distribution
in several (Southern) African countries
ImagiNations - Suka! Productions - Congo-Kinshasa
2nd Durban FilmMart: HBF Award - South Africa