The Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund jury has selected three new film projects for production funding.
The projects were chosen at the 12th session of the WCF jury on July 4, which comprised of German/Egyptian film scholar and curator Viola Shafik, Swiss programme coordinator Alberto Chollet, UK dramaturge Alby James, as well as WCF project managers Sonja Heinen and Vincenzo Bugno.
There were 110 submissions from 43 countries.
The total $164,000 (130,000 euros) funding was awarded to:
Death for Sale, directed by Faouzi Ben Saidi (Morocco), produced by Agora Film, (Morocco). Funding: $38,000 (30,000 euros)
The Prize, directed by Paula Markovitch (Argentina), produced by Kung Works, Mexico. Funding: $63,000 (50,000 euros)
I’m Going To Change My Name, directed by Maria Saakyan (Armenia), produced by Anniko Films, Armenia.Funding: $63,000 (50,000 euros)
An initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 73 projects since 2004.
The WCF also announced that its latest WCF Spotlight event will take place at the 31st Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, where the line up will include the 2009 Berlinale Golden Bear winning The Milk Of Sorrow and Adrian Biniez’ Gigante.