Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund (WCF) has awarded a combined €395,000 ($455,000) to 14 projects in its latest funding round.
The recipients hail from Argentina, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Egypt, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Senegal, Turkey and Venezuela.
Selected directors that previously participated in Berlinale Talents include Amanda Nell EU (Tiger Stripes), Laura Citarella (Trenque Lauquen), Khavn de la Cruz (Love Is A Dog From Hell) and Katy Léna Ndiaye (Une Histoire Du Franc CFA).
The latest funding round includes the first selections for the WCF ACP programme, awarding projects from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific group of states, as well as the Audience Design Award in partnership with TorinoFilmLab (TFL), which consists of a grant for the selected film to take part in an audience design workshop. Both were launched at this year’s Berlinale.
The WCF jury includes director Teona Strugar Mitevska (North Macedonia), documentary producer and documentary creative advisor Marta Andreu (Spain), producer Alexander Wadouh (Germany) and WCF director Vincenzo Bugno (Italy/Germany). Jury members for WCF Africa include Alex Moussa Sawadogo (Burkina Faso), festival director for Afrikamera and artistic director of the Ouaga Film Lab; and Berlinale delegate for sub-Saharan Africa Dorothee Wenner (Germany). The jury made its selection from 153 submitted projects.
The fund is run by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival, in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office, with further support from the Goethe-Institut.
A Male (Colombia)
Dir. Fabián Hernández Alvarado
Production: Medio de Contención Producciones, Manuel Ruíz. Feature film
Bomb Bay (Madagascar) - documentary
Dir. Nantenaina Lova
Production: Endemika Films (Madagascar), Eva Lova and Niko Film (Germany), Nicole Gerhards
Funding: €10,000 and €20,000 from WCF ACP
New Dawn Fades (Turkey)
Dir. Gürkan Keltek
Production: Vigo Films (Turkey), Arda Çiltepe and The Story Bay (Germany), Stephan Gieren
Dir. Ayten Amin
Production: Vivid Reels (Egypt), Sameh Awad
Tiger Stripes (Malaysia)
Dir. Amanda Nell
Production: Ghost Grrrl Pictures (Malaysia), Fei Ling Foo and Weydemann Bros. (Germany), Jakob and Jonas Weydemann
Trenque Lauquen (Argentina)
Dir. Laura Citarella
Production: El Pampero Cine (Argentina), Ingrid Pokropek and Grandfilm (Germany), Patrick Horn
Love Is A Dog From Hell (Philippines)
Dir. Khavn de la Cruz
Production: Kamias Overground (Philippines), Khavn de la Cruz and Rapid Eye Movies (Germany), Stephan Holl
Una Jauría Que Se Llama Ernesto (Mexico) - documentary
Dir. Everardo González Reyes
Production: Jugo de Luna Films (Mexico), Inna Payan and Films Boutique (France), Jean-Christophe Simon. Documentary. Funding: €35,000
Dir. Mariana Rondón
Production: Sudaca Films (Venezuela), Marité Ugas and Still Moving (France), Juliette Lepoutre.
Night Nursery (Burkina Faso) – documentary
Dir. Moumouni Sanou
Production: Les Films du Djabadjah (Burkina Faso), Berni Goldblat
No U-Turn (Nigeria)
Dir. Ike Nnaebue
Production: Passion 8 Communications (Nigeria), Ike Nnaebue and Steps (South Africa), Don Edkins
Funding: €25,000 and €25,000 from WCF ACP
Une Histoire Du Franc CFA (Senegal) - documentary
Dir. Katy Léna Ndiaye
Production: Indigo Mood Films (Senegal), Katy Léna Ndiaye and Film Five (Germany), Florian Schewe
Distribution Funding WCF
Dir. Alejandro Landes
Distributor: DCM Film (Germany)
Dir. Benjamín Naishtat
Distributor: Cine Global (Germany)
WCF Europe - TFL Audience Design Award
Dir. Mariana Rondón
Production: Sudaca Films (Venezuela), Marité Ugas and Still Moving (France), Juliette Lepoutre