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

Digital production

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

Workshops/HBF Award

ImagiNations - Suka! Productions - Congo-Kinshasa

2nd Durban FilmMart: HBF Award - South Africa