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HBF announces first selection HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support

We are proud to announce the first selection of our new HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support scheme. An amount of 220.000 Euro has been awarded to four promising film projects from Ukraine, Colombia, Iran and Thailand, co-produced by production companies from Germany, France and the Netherlands. The selection includes projects by award-winning directors such as Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (THE TRIBE) and Anocha Suwichakornpong (MUNDANE HISTORY). HBF+Europe is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union and exemplifies IFFR’s ongoing commitment to supporting filmmakers year-round.

The 2015 HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support selection includes:

LUXEMBOURG by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (Ukraine) 

Recipient HBF+Europe grant: Tandem Production Germany (Germany)
Second feature by award winning filmmaker Slaboshpytskiy, whose debut film THE TRIBE won - amongst others - the Nespresso Grand Prize at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes 2014. LUXEMBOURG tells the story of a policeman who confronts the system, his job and the women in his life – in a city overshadowed by the effects of a nuclear disaster: the Chernobyl exclusion zone. The film was supported for HBF Script and Project Development, as was his debut film THE TRIBE. LUXEMBOURG also participated in CineMart 2015, where it won the Arte International Prize. The film is produced by Garmata Film Production (Ukraine), Tandem Production Germany (Germany), DUOfilm (Norway) and Alpha Violet (France).

MONOS by Alejandro Landes (Colombia) and Alexis Dos Santos (Argentina)

Recipient HBF+Europe grant: Lemming Film (The Netherlands)
Landes’ debut film PORFIRIO premiered at the Quinzaine, Cannes 2011. Dos Santos’ previous films include GLUE (IFFR Tiger Competition 2006) and UNMADE BEDS (IFFR 2009). MONOS follows a group of teenage soldiers on a Colombian mountaintop, whose mission is to keep alive the only adult among them - a kidnapped American woman in their custody. The film received HBF Script and Project Development support and was presented at CineMart 2014. MONOS is produced by Mutante Cine (Uruguay), No Franja (Colombia), Lemming Film (The Netherlands), Pandora Film Produktion (Germany), Film Farms (Norway), El Campo Cine (Argentina) and Le Pacte (France).

OBLIVION VERSES by Alireza Khatami (Iran)

Recipient HBF+Europe grant: Endorphine Production (Germany)
First feature by Iranian filmmaker and digital artist Alireza Khatami. His earlier shorts include Mr CHANG’S NEW ADDRESS, FOCAL POINT (IFFR 2010) and WHEN THE CURTAIN FALLS (IFFR 2013). OBLIVION VERSES tells the story of an old man in charge of a morgue in an unknown city in the Middle East. The film previously received HBF Script and Project Development support and was selected for the Netherlands Film Fund+Hubert Bals Fund Coproduction scheme . OBLIVION VERSES is produced by House on Fire (France), Endorphine Production (Germany), Lemming Film (The Netherlands) and a production company from the region.

BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK by Anocha Suwichakornpong - Thailand

Recipient HBF+Europe grant: Survivance (France)
Second feature by Thai filmmaker Anocha Suwichakornpong, whose debut film MUNDANE HISTORY won the 2010 Tiger Award at IFFR. Her second feature BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK offers a contemplative reflection on Thai history and society through multiple storylines. The film was supported for HBF Script and Project Development and was presented at CineMart. BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK is produced by Electric Eel Films (Thailand) and Survivance (France).

The members of the HBF+Europe selection committee are:

  • Iwana Chronis (Head HBF), The Netherlands
  • Marit van den Elshout - Head of Industry/co-head of CineMart at IFFR, The Netherlands
  • Pierre Menahem - co-founder of Still Moving (co-production/sales/distribution), previously sales representative at MPM and Celluloid Dreams, France
  • Jaime Romandía - co-founder and producer Matarraya Producciones/ ND Mantarraya distribution/ NDM international sales, Mexico
  • Marleen Slot - producer Viking Film, The Netherlands
  • Gerwin Tamsma - Programmer IFFR, The Netherlands

About HBF+Europe

HBF+Europe is the new international co-production programme of the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam. The program is designed to provide financial support to European producers serving as minority co-producers in high-quality feature films by talented filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe. Additionally, HBF+Europe is also committed to helping internationally co-produced films through to release by providing a financial framework for distribution. Through this scheme, the HBF expects to boost the potential of these films, to find their audiences across Europe and beyond.

A new call for proposals for HBF+Europe Distribution Support for International Coproductions has recently been opened. The application deadline is 1 September 2015.