The six projects were selected from 34 applications from 21 countries. Since its inception in 2002, GFI has awarded more than 50 grants to emerging and established film-makers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
The Spring 2007 grant recipients are:
Bul Deconne!, Massaer Dieng (Senegal) - As a young man comes-of-age, his vision for the future conflicts with the gritty economic realities of his country.
Every Day Is A Holiday, Dima El-Horr (Lebanon) - Three women, each with very different goals, head toward Marmal Prison and intertwining fates.
Huacho, Alejandro Fernandez Almendras (Chile) - Acceptance, adaptation and denial characterise the struggle to adjust to changing economic realities of rural Chile.
Little Heart, Nguyen Thanh Van (Vietnam) - The lure of high paying jobs in an embroidery factory becomes a compelling reason for young girls to leave their villages for Saigon.
Pesantren, Nurman Hakim (Indonesia) - Friendships that test the limits of faith and devotion are depicted in post 9/11 realities of central Java.
Ramchand: The Untouchable Pakistani, Mehreen Jabbar (Pakistan) - A Hindu family is held hostage by the political tension between India and Pakistan.
'GFI's granting programme is at the core of our mission,' director of programmes Santhosh Daniel said. 'By funding projects from emerging nations, we support international film-making communities and our mission of cultural exchange through film.'
For more information about GFI visit the official website at www.globalfilm.org.