Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund Plus has given a total of $258,000 (Euros 200,0000) to four Dutch production companies who are involved with films already supported by the Hubert Bals Fund.
Circe Films, IDTV Motel Films, Volya Films and NFI Productions will each received $64,500 (Euros 50,000) from the programme.
IDTV Motel Films co-produces So Much Water (Tanta agua), the début feature of Uruguayan directors Ana Guevara & Leticia Jorge, produced by well-known Control Z Films from Uruguay and Bonita Films from Mexico.
NFI Productions co-produces Villegas by Gonzalo Tobal, produced by Argentinean Rei Cine and Tresmilmundos Cine and French Cine-Sud Promotion.
Circe Films co-produces Thursday Through Sunday (De Jueves a Domingo) by Chilean filmmaker Dominga Sotomayor, produced by Chilean companies Cinestación and Forastero.
Volya Films co-produces Solo, Uruguayan Guillermo Rocamora’s début feature, produced by Uruguay Seacuatico, French Promenades Films and Argentinean Sudestada Cine.
HBF Plus is a joint initiative from the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Netherlands Film Fund. To encourage possibilities for Dutch co-producers, the initiative will grow from one to two application deadlines in 2011: March 1 and Oct 1.
Iwana Chronis, manager of the Hubert Bals Fund, said: “Hubert Bals Fund Plus, now in its fifth year, has proven to be a successful program that works for both filmmakers and co-producers: Agua fría de mar by Paz Fabrega, co produced by Isabella Films, took a Tiger Award in Rotterdam; The Light Thief by Aktan Arym Kubat, coproduced by Volya Films, premiered in Cannes’ Quinzaine and has been selected for Locarno’s Piazza Grande Screenings.”