International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)’s Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) has selected 12 film projects for its 2020 funding round, marking an increase on the 10 selections of previous years.
The 12 projects for the Script and Project Development Scheme hail from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Each will receive €9,000 for a total of €108,000 funding ($127,728).
Selected projects for the development scheme include Tremble Like A Flower from Thai director Pathompon Mont Tesprateep, whose short Lullaby received its European premiere at IFFR 2020.
Also chosen is Gente De Noche from Argentina’s Romina Paula. Paula’s debut feature De Nueva Otra Vez had its world premiere at IFFR 2019, going on to win the Horizons award at San Sebastián the same year.
As in previous years, two separate projects have been selected for the Netherlands Film Fund (NFF) + Hubert Bals Fund co-production scheme, and will receive €50,000 ($59,200) each from the NFF.
Lucrecia Martel’s Chocobar adds to the HBF support it received in 2019. Argentinian director Martel has previously screened at IFFR on five occasions, including with Zama in 2018 and La Mujer Sin Cabeza in 2009.
Gabriel Mascaro’s Brazil-Mexico-Netherlands co-production Centre Of The Earth also tops up its Rotterdam support, having received HBF funding in 2014. Mascaro’s Neon Bull (2016), August Winds (2015) and Avenida Brasilia Formosa (2010) have all previously played at IFFR.
“It’s our pleasure to present our fall selection, including films from countries less represented in the international film community like Belarus, Mongolia and Gabon and countries facing freedom of speech restrictions like Russia,” said Fay Breeman, IFFR Pro HBF manager.
Hubert Bals Fund 2020
HBF Bright Future selection
Los Angeles (Chile) dirs. Cristóbal León/Joaquín Cociña
El Auge Del Humano 3 (Arg-China-Por-Fr-Tai) dir. Eduardo Williams
Dolomite And Ash (Rus-Bel) dir. Toma Selivanova
Les Fresques Des Oubliés (Gab-Fr-Neth) dir. Amédée Pacôme Nkoulou
Gente De Noche (Arg) dir. Romina Paula
Mongrel (Sing-Tai-Fr) dir. Wei Liang Chiang
Mudos Testigos (Col-Fr) dir. Carlos Jeronimo Atehortua Arteaga
Tremble Like A Flower (Thai) dir. Pathompon Mont Tesprateep
Yurki (Bel-Rus) dir. Vlada Senkova
Ze (Mong-Fr-Neth) dir. Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir
HBF Voices selection
Canciones Perdidas De Reinos Distantes (Bol) dir. Kiro Russo
Hyacinth And The Tangled Tales Of A Boatman (Phi) dir. Bagane Fiola
NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme
Centre Of The Earth (Braz-Mex-Neth) dir. Gabriel Mascaro, Dutch co-producer Viking Film
Chocobar (Arg-US-Den-Neth) dir. Lucrecia Martel, Dutch co-producer Lemming Film