The projects are: Ahmed Rashwan's Egpytian second world war romance 100% Alive; Hassan Yektapanah's Iranian ID card drama Bibi; Oscar Ruiz Navia's Colombian landowner saga Crab Trap; and Ubaka Joseph Ugochukwu's Nigeria/Senegal road movie Europe By Road.
Rounding out the cycle are: Nabin Subba's Nepalese portrait of political turmoil in Goodbye Kathmandu; Cristian Pellegrini's account of an Argentinean transsexual's struggle to become a psychologist in Veronica's Passion; and Indian film-maker Murali Nair's social satire Virgin Goat.
'This fall's grant-recipients represent a diverse spectrum of global film-making,' GFI's director of programmes Santhosh Daniel said. 'We're very impressed by the high quality of projects and the cultural breadth they represent.'
The seven projects were selected from 44 submissions from 26 countries. The grants are used to subsidise post-production costs such as laboratory and sound mixing fees and access to advanced editing systems.
Since its inception in 2002 GFI has awarded more than 50 grants.