The four projects will receive grants for low-budget digital productions.
They are: Wang Bing's The Journey of Crude Oil (China), about the oil industry in the Gobi desert; Liu Jiayin's OxhideII (China), the sequel to Oxhide which examines the decline of a family business; Paz Encina's A Sigh (Un suspiro), from Paraguay and to be directed with manuel Nieto Zas from Uruguay, about two brothers on the run for a dictator's armed forces; and Eugenio Polgovsky's The Inheritors (Los Herederos) from Mexico, about the lives of working children in a Mexican countryside.
The Hubert Bals Fund makes individual digital production grants of up to $28,324 (Euros 20,000). The Fund's script development and post-production grants will be announced in two weeks.
The other categories, including script development and postproduction grants, will be announced in two weeks.