The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) has selected twelve film projects from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe for their Script and Project Development Scheme, receiving €9,000 each. Falling under two categories, Bright Future for emerging filmmakers and Voices for more established makers, six of the supported film projects will be feature-length film debuts. The NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme has additionally granted two projects €50,000 for production support.
In previous years, the HBF selection consisted of 10 projects; the 2020 fall selection includes twelve promising titles from an impressive 640 submitted projects, adapting to the need for development support amidst turbulent times. Fay Breeman, IFFR Pro HBF manager, states: “It’s our pleasure to present our fall selection, including films from countries less represented in the international film community like Belarus (Yurki), Mongolia (Ze) and Gabon (Les fresques des oubliés) and countries facing freedom of speech restrictions like Russia (Dolomite and Ash).”
HBF Script and Project Development: Bright Future selection
Thai director Pathompon Mont Tesprateep, whose short film Lullaby saw its European premiere at IFFR 2020, has been selected for his first feature-length project Tremble Like A Flower. Argentinian director Romina Paula has been selected for her project Gente de noche. Her first feature film De nuevo otra vez saw its world premiere at IFFR 2019, won the Horizons Award at San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2019 and was nominated for the IFFR Bright Future Award in the same year.
- Los Angeles, Cristóbal León/Joaquín Cociña, Chile (supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme)
- El auge del humano 3, Eduardo Williams, Argentina/China/Portugal/France/Taiwan
- Dolomite and Ash, Toma Selivanova, Russia/Belgium
- Les fresques des oubliés, Amédée Pacôme Nkoulou, Gabon/France/Netherlands (supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme)
- Gente de noche, Romina Paula, Argentina
- Mongrel, Wei Liang Chiang, Singapore/Taiwan/France (supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme)
- Mudos testigos, Carlos Jeronimo Atehortua Arteaga, Colombia/France
- Tremble Like A Flower, Pathompon Mont Tesprateep, Thailand (supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme)
- Yurki, Vlada Senkova, Belarus/Russia (supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme)
- Ze, Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir, Mongolia/France/Netherlands (supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme)
Still: Los Angeles
Still: El auge del humano 3
Still: Dolomite and Ash
Still: Les fresques des oubliés
Still: Gente de noche
Still: Mudos testigos
Still: Tremble Like a Flower
Still: Canciones perdidas de reinos distantes
Still: Hyacinth and the Tangled Tales of a Boatman
Still: Centre of the Earth
HBF Script and Project Development: Voices selection
Filipino director Bagane Fiola’s previous film Wailings in the Forest saw its international premiere at IFFR 2017, was awarded Best Artistic Contribution: Cinematography and received the NETPAC Jury Award at the QCinema International Film Festival in 2016. Bolivian director Russo’s first feature-length film Dark Skull (2016) multi-award winning film received, among others, the Filmmakers of the Present: Special Mention at Locarno International Film Festival.
- Canciones perdidas de reinos distantes, Kiro Russo, Bolivia
- Hyacinth and the Tangled Tales of a Boatman, Bagane Fiola, Philippines
NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme
Both directors and film projects selected for the NFF+HBF scheme are familiar with IFFR – having received HBF support and seen their films screened at previous editions of IFFR. Brazillian director Gabriel Mascaro’s Centre of the Earth received HBF support in 2014, and had three earlier films included in the IFFR programme: Neon Bull (IFFR 2016), August Winds (IFFR 2015) and Avenida Brasilia formosa (IFFR 2010). Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel’s Chocobar was granted HBF support in 2019, and boasts five feature films previously screened at IFFR, including Zama (IFFR 2018) and La mujer sin cabeza (IFFR 2009).
- Centre of the Earth, Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil/Mexico/Netherlands
- Chocobar, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/USA/Denmark/Netherlands
HBF is thankful for the engagement of the Tiger Film Mecenaat and the Netherlands Film Fund who make these funding schemes possible.