Malaysian director Liew Seng Tat has been awarded the biggest production award of 50,000 euros for In What City Does It Live?.

Four new film projects have been selected for production funding and four for distribution by the jury at the 14th session of Berlin Film Festival initiative, the World Cinema Fund.

The films were chosen from 135 submissions from 41 countries, with 140,000 euros worth of production funding and 22,500 euros of distribution funding handed out.

An initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, the WCF has awarded funding to 88 projects chosen from 1,538 submissions since it launched in October 2004.

The WCF is launching a new programme in Africa starting this August.

Production funding awards:  

In What City Does it Live?, dir Seng Tat Liew (Malaysia) - 50,000 euros

Round Trip, dir Meyar Al Roumi (Syria) - 30,000 euros

Polvo (Dust), dir Julio Hernández Cordón (Guatemala) - 30,000 euros

Girimunho (Swirl), dir Clarissa Campolina & Helvecio Marins Jr. (Brazil) - 30,000 €

Distribution funding awards:

Un homme qui crie, dir Haroun Mahamat-Saleh (Tschad), German distributor: Cine Global - 5,000 euros

The Light Thief, dir Aktan Arym Kubat (Kyzgyztan), German distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih - 5,000 euros

Nader and Simin, A Separation, director: Asghar Farhadi (Iran), German distributor: Alamode Films - 7,500 euros

Huacho, dir Alejandro Fernández Almendras (Chile), German distributor: Kairos Filmverleih - 5,000 euros