New feature projects by Mexico's Carlos Reygadas and Kyrgyzstan's Aktan Arym Kubat are among five filmprojects recommended for a total of $363,935(Euros 290,000) production funding in the fourth selection round ofthe Berlin-based World Cinema Fund (WCF).

The WCF jury, comprising theFrench independent distributor Isabelle Dubar,UK-based curator Keith Shiri, Swiss Television'sprogramme coordinator Alberto Chollet, and Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick,made its selection from 80 projects submitted from 27 countries.

The five supported filmsare:

L'Aquarium, dir: Yousry Nasrallah(Egypt), prod co: Misr International Films/Cairo

$125,445 (Euros 100,000)

Suet (Milk), dir: Semih Kaplanoglu(Turkey), prod co: Kaplan FilmProduction/Istanbul

$62,734 (Euros 50,000)

The Light,dir: Aktan Arym Kubat (aka: AktanAbdykalykov) (Kyrgyzstan), Oy ArtProduction/Bishkek

$87,839 (Euros 70,000)

Liverpool, dir: Lisandro Alonso (Argentina), prod co: 4L S-R-L/Buenos Aires, German co-prod:CMW Film Company/Berlin

$43,919 (Euros 35,000)

Silent Light, dir: Carlos Reygadas (Mexico), prod co: NodreamCinema/Mexico, German co-prod: Network Movie/Cologne

$43,919 (Euros 35,000)

Since the fund's foundationin October 2004, 447 projects have been submitted from 52 countries in the WCF's focus regions of Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Central Asia.

So far, a total of 25 filmshave received production or distribution funding from the WCF, and six films -such as Paradise Now and El Custodio - have sincebeen completed and presented at international film festivals.