International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)’s Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) selection

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International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)’s Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) selection

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)’s Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) has selected 10 projects, all from female filmmakers, for its 2022 Script and Project Development Support scheme.

Each of the 10 projects receives a grant of €10,000 to be spent on development.

The selection includes Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad, whose previous flm Tales picked up best screenplay at Venice Film festival in 2014, and Tamar Shavgulidze, the Georgian director of Comets which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019.

Two Brazilian projects, Everlane Moraes’ The Secret Of Sikán and Maíra Bühler’s The Marriage, are featured and will also be supported by HBF’s partner Projeto Paradiso. Jazmín López is being supported by HBF for the third time with her latest project Presidente which explore the controversial history of Argentina’s first female president, Isabel Perón, who was also the third wife and widow of Juan Perón.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian director Marina Stepanska’s Consider Vera frames 40 years of Ukrainian history through the life of its protagonist.

Siyou Tan’s Amoeba follows three rebellious classmates at an all-girls school who discover the erased stories of mythical gangsters who ruled the streets of colonial Singapore.

Three previously supported projects by HBF are premiering in Cannes 2022: Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk’s Pamfir and Ali Cherri’s The Dam play in Directors’ Fortnight, while Andrés Ramírez Pulido’s La Jauría was selected for Critics’ Week.

The films were chosen from 308 submissions.

Hubert Bals Fund manager Jeske van der Slikke said: “Our fund is committed to defending artistic vision from courageous filmmakers across the globe who may otherwise find it more difficult to access funding, particularly during such a fragile moment as a project’s development.

Hubert Bals Fund - Script and Project Development Support selection:

  • Amoeba, Siyou Tan, Singapore
  • Consider Vera, Marina Stepanska, Ukraine
  • Haven of Hope, Seemab Gul, Pakistan
  • Home, Archana Phadke, India
  • Little War, Barbara Sarasola Day, Argentina
  • The Marriage, Maíra Bühler, Brazil
  • Presidente, Jazmín López, Argentina
  • The Secret of Sikán, Everlane Moraes, Brazil
  • Red Mist Descending, Rakhshan Banietemad, Iran
  • Vika, Tamar Shavgulidze, Georgia