About HBF

The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to help remarkable or urgent feature films by innovative and talented filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe on their road to completion. It provides grants in various categories that often turn out to play a crucial role in enabling these filmmakers to realise their projects.

History

The Hubert Bals Fund was founded in 1988 and named after the first director of International Film Festival Rotterdam: Hubert 'Huub' Bals.

In 1972, Hubert Bals founded the International Film Festival Rotterdam and became its first director, until his death in 1988. During the first festival years, the plan to establish a film fund already existed. The idea was to help filmmakers - mainly from the so-called Third World - to get their film projects off the ground. After Bals' sudden death in 1988, it was decided to name the fund in his honour and so the Hubert Bals Fund was born.

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It was Bals' strong belief that the masters of cinema and innovative filmmaking were not to be expected from the Western world, but from 'developing countries' and the so-called Third World. In the past decades of the Hubert Bals Fund’s existence, the fund has stayed true to his vision. It still focuses on supporting remarkable or urgent feature films by innovative and talented filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.

Accolades

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    2019 Special Jury Award at Sundance | Monos by Alejandro Landes

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    2018 Silver Seashell for Best Director at San Sebastian | Rojo by Benjamin Naishtat

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    2018 Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival | A Land Imagined by Yeo Siew Hua

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    2018 Best Film at Durban | The Reports on Sarah and Saleem By Muayad Alayan

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    2018 Best Film at BAFICI | La Flor by Mariano Llínas

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    2018 Luigi De Laurentiis Award at Venice | The Day I Lost My Shadow by Soudade Kaadan

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    2018 Best Director at Locarno | Tarde para morir joven by Dominga Sotomayor

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    2017 Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes | A Man of Integrity by Mohammad Rasoulof

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    2017 BAFTA for Outstanding Debut | I Am Not a Witch by Rungano Nyoni

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    2016 FIPRESCI Prize at Hong Kong | The Island Funeral by Pimpaka Towira

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    2015 Alfred Bauer Award at the Berlinale | Ixcanul by Jayro Bustamante

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    2015 Nominee Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards | El abrazo de la serpiente by Ciro Guerra

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    2014 Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes | The Tribe by Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

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    2011 Golden Leopard at Locarno | Abrir puertas y ventanas by Milagros Mumenthaler

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    2010 Grand Prize at Tallinn Black Nights | My Joy by Sergey Loznitsa

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    2010 Palme d’Or at Cannes | Uncle Boonme Who Can’t Recall His Past Lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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    2005 Camera d'Or at Cannes | The Forsaken Land by Vimukthi Jayasundara

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    2003 Grand Prize at FESPACO | Heremakono by Abderrahmane Sissako

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    2001 Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes | Distant by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Filmmakers about the impact Hubert Bals Fund

Muayad Alayan

"Receiving the support of the Hubert Bals Fund was the most critical milestone for our film. It embarked us on a wonderful nurturing journey where the fund's great support, both strategic and financial, was with us in all stages of making our film. Of no less importance, the recognition of our vision by the fund gave us the visibility we needed in the industry in Europe, the Arab world and internationally, which enabled us to piece together the production partnerships we needed for the production to become a reality."

Dominga Sotomayor

"The support of the Hubert Bals Fund has been key in my work since my first feature film De jueves a domingo. My second feature film Tarde para morir joven was a small odyssey, a very challenging production, and it was impossible to finance it in Chile. I appreciate very much the support that HBF gives in the very beginning of the projects, in the ideas and risks. For me has been more than a fund."

Martín Rejtman

"I believe that my first feature, Rapado, was the first Argentinian film supported by HBF. Since then they supported almost all of my films, including my next project, La Práctica, and so many more Argentinian independent movies throughout the years. One day someone will have to tell this story, and it will be crystal clear that HBF was one of the main reasons for the very existence of what people call Nuevo Cine Argentino. Of all the film funds that exist today, the HBF is still the more generous, idiosyncratic, and free of them all."

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

"I am deeply touched and grateful for HBF over the past 20 years since I started my first movie. It has inspired filmmakers to treasure our voices and stories. Moreover, the fund has set the standard for others, including Thailand, to establish a film support system. This standard, with its adventurous spirit, is still gold."

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