This fall HBF selected eleven film projects from countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East for its Script and Project Development scheme. Categorised in two sections, HBF Bright Future and HBF Voices, they will receive a €72,500 grant in total. The Wound and Lukas Valenta Rinner's Los decentes are selected for the HBF+Europe: Distribution Support scheme and receive a contribution of €30,000 to the distribution of the film. The 'Creative Europe - MEDIA programme of the European Union' supports the Grant provision.
Head of IFFR PRO, Marit van den Elshout highlights: "The HBF fall 2017 selection is an eclectic mix of smaller new projects, projects partly developed at other places that are having difficulty finding finance for further development and projects that will certainly find European co-production partners in a next phase.
Script and Project Development
The fund supports nine debut, second and third time filmmakers within the HBF Bright Future scheme. Two projects are supported in the HBF Voices section, which supports feature films by filmmakers more advanced in their careers. Worth noting, the eleven backed projects feature work by award winning filmmakers such as Hivos Tiger Award winner Jakrawal Nilthamrong (Vanishing Point, IFFR ‘15), Bright Future Award winner Melisa Liebenthal (Las lindas, IFFR ‘16) and Paz Encina (FIPRESCI Award at Cannes Un Certain Regard ’06 for Hamaca paraguaya) – currently developing a 3D-project. The selection also features five unique and promising debut projects, including Lei Lei’s Ningdu, which won the Wouter Barendrecht Award at CineMart 2017.
Van den Elshout continues: "I'm happy that from 343 applicants we were able to select eleven promising projects with such great geographic spread: from Vietnam, to Syria and Georgia, all the way to Colombia and Paraguay."
HBF+Europe: Distribution Support
Through HBF+Europe: Distribution Support, the Hubert Bals Fund aims to offer financial support to the distribution of feature films by filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and parts of Eastern Europe, and to stimulate the promotion and circulation of international co-productions in Europe and beyond. Through this scheme, the HBF expects to boost the selected films' potential to find their audiences in Europe and beyond.
HBF Fall selection
Script & Project Development: Bright Future
- Anatomy of Time, Jakrawal Nilthamrong – Thailand (Supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme.)
- Cu Li Never Cries, Lan Pham Ngoc – Vietnam, Germany
- El rostro de la medusa, Melisa Liebenthal – Argentina
- La jauría, Andrés Ramírez Pulido – Colombia (Supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme.)
- Naked Sky, Dea Kulumbegashvili – Georgia (Supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme.)
- Ningdu, Lei Lei – Hong Kong (Supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme.)
- The French Teacher, Ricardo Alves Jr. – Brazil (Supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme.)
- The Whole-Timers, Pooja Gurung, Bibhusan Basnet – Nepal, France (Supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme.)
- Yashar, Elvin Adigozel – Azerbaijan, France
Script & Project Development: Voices
- Érami: El monte que es el mundo, Paz Encina – Paraguay
- Zero One One, Mohamad Malas – Syria
Selection HBF+Europe: Distribution Support Scheme
- The Wound, John Trengove – South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France. Selected for a contribution of €30,000 to the distribution of the film in Brazil, Norway and the United Kingdom.
- Los decentes, Lukas Valenta Rinner – Argentina, Austria. Selected for a contribution of €30,000 to the distribution of the film in Latvia, Argentina, Germany and Austria.