The Global Film Initiative (GFI) has announced the six recipients of its summer granting cycle, selected from a pool of 71 applications from 32 countries.

The Summer 2009 grant recipients are:

40 Days Of Silence (40 Kun Chilla) by Saodat Ismailova (Uzbekistan);

The Inca, The Silly Girl, And The Son Of A Thief (El Inca, La Boba Y El Hijo Del Ladron) by Ronnie Temoche (Peru);

Lucia by Niles Jamil Atallah (Chile);

Straw Man (Dao Cao Ren) by Peng Tao (China);

Waiting The Vote (En Attendant Le Vote) by Missa Hebie (Burkina Faso); and

A Year Without A Summer by Tan Chui Mui (Malaysia).

“These six projects not only represent the vanguard of international cinema, but also an amazing cross-section of talent, vision and cultural perspective – we’re very impressed,” GFI’s director of programmes Santhosh Daniel said.

Since its inception in 2002, GFI has awarded 81 grants to global projects. Grants are used to subsidise post-production costs.