This spring the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected 7 projects, all receiving a fund for script development. Two other projects will receive production grants provided by the Netherlands Film Fund in the NFF+HBF programme. The 9 promising film plans are from 7 different countries across Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
New projects by established filmmakers José Luis Torres Leiva from Chile (The Winds Know That I'm Coming Back Home, IFFR 2016) and Oliver Hermanus (The Endless River, IFFR 2016) are part of the script development selection. Hermanus’ new project White Widow tells the story of how a small town widow is pushed to the point of breakage by the inhabitants of her home town. The topical project promises to be a heart wrenching fourth film.
Three other projects are by female filmmakers, amongst which Octopus Skin, the second feature film project by Ana Cristina Barragán whose debut film Alba had its world premiere at IFFR 2016. Also new projects by Egyptian Hala Lotfy and Laura Citarella from Argentina (La mujer de los perros, Hivos Tiger Awards Competition IFFR 2015). Highly anticipated second films within the selection are: Almost In Love by Leonardo Brzezicki (Noche, Hivos Tiger Awards Competition IFFR 2013) and Muayad Alayan’s new film The Reports on Sarah and Saleem. In Alayan’s project a love affair of a married Palestinian man and a married Israeli woman takes a sudden political turn. The fund for script development is € 9.000 for each individual project.
For the NFF+HBF coproduction scheme, two film projects co-produced by Dutch producers BALDR Film and Volya Films were selected. BALDR Film, with producers Frank Hoeve and Katja Draaijer, is involved in the exciting new project by Alex Piperno from Uruguay, Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine (HBF Script & Project Development 2012). As a producer Piperno was part of the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition at IFFR 2015 with the film Parabellum by director Lukas Valenta Rinner. Denis Vaslin of Volya Films co-produces The Omission by Argentinian Sebastian Schjaer. This realistic story of a young woman in crisis received HBF script development support in 2014. Both projects receive a production grant of € 50.000.
Selection Script Development:
- Almost In Love, Leonardo Brzezicki – Argentina
- Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes, José Luis Torres Leiva – Chile
- Octopus Skin, Ana Cristina Barragán – Ecuador
- The Bridge, Hala Lotfy - Egypt
- The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, Muayad Alayan – Palestine
- Trenque Lauquen, Laura Citarella – Argentina
- White Widow, Oliver Hermanus - South Africa
- Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine, Alex Piperno – Uruguay (co-producer BALDR Film – NL)
- The Omission, Sebastian Schjaer – Argentina (co-producer Volya Films – NL