2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Hubert Bals Fund. During its coming edition, the festival will be paying extensive tribute to the Fund with Mysterious Objects – 25 Years of Hubert Bals Fund, a theme programme full of hidden treasures from the Fund's rich history.
The Hubert Bals Fund offers innovative, talented filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and parts of Eastern Europe assistance in realising outstanding or important feature films. The films that have been supported by the HBF over the years cannot be placed in any one category. The themed programme Mysterious Objects – 25 Years of Hubert Bals Fund will show a selection of surprising films that underline the artistic variety of works backed by the Fund. The title refers to Mysterious Object at Noon, the debut film by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul – a filmmaker now seen as among the very top international film auteurs. This film, alongside works by the likes of Chen Kaige, Carlos Reygadas and Elia Suleiman, will once again grace the big screen in Rotterdam.