Planned productions fromLatin America have attracted most support at the latest funding session of theBerlinale's World Cinema Fund (WCF). Five features and one distributioncampaign will share Euros 195,000 ($235,445) from the body's latest round of awards.
Fund manager Vincenzo Bugnostressed: 'The majority of the submissions came from Latin America for thefunding session last autumn and it was the same this time as well.'
The successful productionapplicants were Las Vidas Posibles (dir: Sandra Gugliotta, Argentina, co-prod:Fieber Film); El Custodio (dir: Rodrigo Moreno, Argentina, co-prod:Pandora Film); Hamaca Paraguaya (dir: Paz Encina, Paraguay, co-prod: CMW Film);Atos Dos Homens (dir: Kiko Goifman, Brazil, co-prods:MilColoresMedia/Cachoeira Films); and Zion And His Brothers (dir: EranMerav, Israel).
Distribution support went toAlamode Film for Carlos Sorin's Argentine feature Bombon El Perro.
The fund was launched lastOctober with an annual budget of Euros 500,000 ($603,725) until 2007 providedby the German Federal Cultural Foundation. It aims to support the productionand distribution of films from Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.
The Goethe Institutebolstered the fund this year's Berlinale with a similar annual injection ofEuros 100,000 ($120,745).