HBF Fall 2014 and HBF Plus Selections

12 November 2014

For its fall selection round, the Hubert Bals Fund has selected fourteen film projects to receive post-production, script and project development grants totalling €180.000. The outstanding projects come from nine countries across Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The selection includes nine established filmmakers, including award-winning Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (The Tribe), and five first-time feature filmmakers.

In addition, €100.000 has been awarded to OAK Motion Pictures and Viking Film through Hubert Bals Fund Plus, whereby the Netherlands Film Fund provides the funding to Dutch producers who are co-producing a HBF supported film.

Script and project development

A script and project development grant can be used for the further development of the script or presentation of the project to financiers or other potential partners at (international) co-production meetings or film festivals. Based on his 2012 short Nuclear Waste, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s new feature film project The Luxembourg was selected for a grant in this category and tells a gripping tale of love and revenge set against the backdrop of Chernobyl’s nuclear wasteland. Slaboshpytskiy’s previous film, The Tribe, winner of the Grand Prix, Semaine de la Critique 2014, was also supported by the HBF and will screen in the Limelight section of IFFR 2015.

HBF has selected several projects by new and promising filmmakers in the script and project development category, including two debut feature films by filmmakers who previously screened their short films at IFFR. Julia De Simone (Brazil), presented The Harbor in the IFFR 2014 Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films section and HBF is now providing financing for her debut feature, Corte Real, a layered hybrid story of the history of slavery in Brazil. Argentinean director Mónica Lairana presented her short films at IFFR in 2010 (Rosa) and 2013 (Maria) and her HBF-supported debut feature La Cama is an intimate and touching portrait of an ageing married couple.

Fall 2014 projects selected for script and project development support:

  • A Young Executioner, Li Luo, China
  • Corte Real, Julia De Simone, Brazil
  • Diamond Island, Davy Chou, Cambodia
  • La Cama, Mónica Lairana, Argentina
  • Neonboy, Marcio Reolon & Filipe Matzembacher, Brazil
  • ShanghaiYouth, Wang Bing, China
  • The Centre Of The Earth, Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil
  • The Luxembourg, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine
  • The Unfound, Sattha Saengthon, thailand
  • To All Naked Men, Bassam Chekhes, Syria


A post-production grant can be used for various activities in the post-production process (e.g. editing, colour grading or sound mixing). Promising Peruvian director and 2010 alumnus of IFFR’s Trainee Project for Young Film Critics, Juan Daniel Fernández Molero, has been awarded a post-production grant for his second feature Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes), a modern and visually psychedelic take on youth culture in Lima. In total four film projects have been selected to receive post-production grants and all are expected to join the recently completed HBF-supported films that have been selected for IFFR 2015.

Fall 2014 projects selected for post-production support:

  • Ixcanul, Jayro Bustamente, Guatamala
  • La Mujer De Los Perros, Laura Citarella & Verónica Llinás, Argentina
  • La Obra Del Siglo, Carlos Quintela, Cuba
  • Vanishing Point, Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Thailand
  • Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes), Juan Daniel Fernández Molero, Peru

Hubert Bals Fund Plus

Now in its ninth year, the successful Hubert Bals Fund Plus programme of The Netherlands Film Fund and IFFR gets Dutch producers involved in HBF-supported, international co-productions. This Fall HBF Plus support is granted to OAK Motion Pictures for the realisation of The Wound, John Trengove’s first feature film on the ritual circumcision of a teenage gay Xhosa boy in South Africa. The second grant goes to Viking Film for Oscuro Animal by Colombian filmmaker Felipe Guerrero, on the journey of three women forced to flee their homes following the violent conflict in their region. HBF Plus has now supported five projects this year, including the three projects announced last May.

Fall 2014 projects selected for HBF Plus support:

  • The Wound, John Trengove, South Africa. Produced by OAK Motion Pictures (The Netherlands), Urucu Media (South Africa), Sampek (France), and Salzgeber (Germany). 
  • Oscuro Animal, Felipe Guerrero, Colombia. Produced by Viking Film (The Netherlands) mutokino (Colombia), GEMA Films (Argentina), and filmproduktion (Germany)

(photo credit The Wound: Brent Stirton)

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