It's a very successful year for films supported by the Hubert Bals Fund. We are very proud of the many selections and prizes the films won, from Berlin in February until Busan in October.
After a festive IFFR 2019, where the fund celebrated it's 30 years of existence, Santiago Loza was awarded big in Berlin for Brief Story from the Green Planet! winning not one but two TEDDY AWARDS. The film premiered in the 2019 Berlinale Panorama programme together with other HBF supported films Flatland by Jenna Bass and Monos by Alejandro Landes.
The film by Landes already won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award at Sundance. This meant the kick-off for a very successful festival run, all the way to the Sebastiane Award for Best Film at the San Sebástian International Film Festival.
A selection of HBF-supported films was also shown at the 72nd edition of Festival de Cannes! The Orphanage by Shahrbanoo Sadat (read the interview), Sick, Sick, Sick by Alice Furtado, and To Live to Sing by Johnny Ma.
In August there was big news from Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland: three HBF funded films were awarded a total of seven awards. Read more on the success of The Fever by Maya Da-Rin, The Science of Fictions by Yosep Anggi Noen and Nafi’s Father by Mamadou Dia (read the interview)
Winners of Locarno
The victory in SwitzerlandRead more
At the Autumn festivals, there was also a large representation of HBF films. In Venice, Théo Court won Best Director for White on White which also won the FIPRESCI Prize.
Apart from the winning Monos, the San Sebastian festival was also the platform for Laura Baumeister's debut feature Daughters of Rage. At the market, the project supported by our HBF+Europe scheme in 2019, picked up three of the four prizes on offer.
Read about the selections and representation of IFFR at other festivals.Read more
Also supported by our HBF+Europe scheme in 2019 was Lebanese Ely Dagher's Harvest. A documentary debut about a young woman’s sudden return to a life in Beirut she had left behind. It has been awarded at El Gouna Film Festival's CineGouna SpringBoard co-financing and industry platform in Egypt.
Photo in header: Théo Court with his award in Venice - photo by Bestpicture