Five new feature film projects from Lebanon, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey and Columbia have been selected by the Berlinale's World Cinema Fund (WCF) from 110 projects submitted from a total of 36 countries for production funding totalling $315,770 (Euros 200,000).
The projects supported including co-productions with the Berlin-based production house Niko Film, which had Emily Atef's The Stranger In Me in Cannes this year, and Cologne-based Pandora Film Produktion, producer of Tulpan and O'Horten.
The WCF supported the following projects with production funding:
Every Day Is a Holiday, dir: Dima El-Horr (Lebanon); prod: Orjouane Production; German co-prod: Niko Film
Filmefobia, dir: Kiko Goifman (Brazil); prod: Plateau Produções; German co-producer: Autentika Films
Medianeras, dir: Gustavo Taretto (Argentina); prod: Rizoma Films, Buenos Aires; German co-prod: Pandora Film Produktion
Pandora's Box, dir: Yesim Ustaoglu (Turkey); prod: Ustaoglu Film Production, Istanbul; German co-prod: The Match Factory
The Stoplight Society, dir: Ruben Mendoza (Colombia); prod: Dia Fragma Fábrica de peliculas - Film Factory
Since its founding, the WCF has received 820 submissions from 67 countries and granted production or distribution funding to 47 projects so far.