Our spring announcement is here! Each year the Hubert Bals Fund selects filmmakers for its Script and Project Development Support scheme in two rounds. Selected from 308 submissions by a committee of global industry experts, the spring lineup is made entirely of female filmmakers. Each receives a grant of €10,000 to be spent on project development.
Recurring themes in this selection are re-written histories from filmmakers who delve into national pasts to uncover forgotten or alternative narratives. Marina Stepanska does so with Consider Vera, framing 40 years of Ukrainian history through the life of her protagonist. Siyou Tan’s AMOEBA follows three rebellious classmates at an all-girls school who discover the erased stories of mythical gangsters who ruled the streets of colonial Singapore. With two previous features supported by the HBF, and three IFFR selections, Jazmín López presents her latest project Presidente which confronts the controversial history of the first female president of Argentina – third wife and widow of Juan Perón.
Portraits: selected filmmakers
Everlane Moraes, whose Pattaki appeared in the Soul in the Eye programme at IFFR 2019, retells the fantastical century spanning myth of a Nigerian princess in The Secret of Sikán. Her compatriot Maíra Bühler takes inspiration from a 1950s Brazilian photonovel that depicted the marriage of an indigenous girl to a much older white man, offering a radical alternative narrative in The Marriage. Her previous short Diz a Ela que me Viu Chorar won the Special Jury Award at Havana and the Prix des Bibliothèques at Cinéma Du Réel in 2019. The HBF’s partner Projeto Paradiso further strengthens the support offered to these Brazilian projects.
"Our fund is committed to defending artistic vision"
Manager of the Hubert Bals Fund, Jeske van der Slikke: “Our fund is committed to defending artistic vision from courageous filmmakers across the globe who may otherwise find it more difficult to access funding, particularly during such a fragile moment as a project’s development.”
Festival Director, Vanja Kaludjercic: “The festival’s mission is to give a platform to distinctive cinematic voices and this latest HBF selection, full of vital, challenging perspectives from a wealth of global talent, does just that. We can’t wait to see these projects come to life and hope our support can make that happen.”
Script and Project Development Support full selection:
- AMOEBA, Siyou Tan, Singapore*
- Consider Vera, Marina Stepanska, Ukraine*
- Haven of Hope, Seemab Gul, Pakistan
- Home, Archana Phadke, India*
- Little War, Barbara Sarasola Day, Argentina*
- The Marriage, Maíra Bühler, Brazil
- Presidente, Jazmín López, Argentina
- The Secret of Sikán, Everlane Moraes, Brazil
- Red Mist Descending, Rakhshan Banietemad, Iran
- Vika, Tamar Shavgulidze, Georgia*
*Supported via the NFF+HBF Co-development scheme
The selection follows the news that IFFR welcomes Bianca Taal as the new Head of the Hubert Bals Fund alongside the fund’s manager Jeske van der Slikke. The festival has announced a restructured team and new hires to deliver the 2023 edition.
About the Hubert Bals Fund
Read more about the history of the Hubert Bals Fund, critically acclaimed HBF-supported films and the impact of Hubert Bals Fund-support.