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HBF+Europe 2020 selection announced

IFFR announces the recipients of the HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support grant of the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF). Out of 40 applications, five projects from Thailand, Columbia, Ukraine, Malaysia and Mexico have been awarded a contribution of €53,000 each through their European co-producers.

All recipients are making their feature-film debut, except for Mexican filmmaker Lila Avilés, who is selected with her second feature. Avilés’ film Totem follows a young girl as she navigates a world of adults and her relationship with her father.

Malaysian filmmaker Amanda Nell Eu, selected with Tiger Stripes, previously received HBF development support in 2018. The project, about a 12-year-old girl horrified with her body’s transformation upon hitting puberty, also participated in BoostNL in 2018/2019.

La jauría by Columbian filmmaker Andrés Ramírez Pulido is set in an experimental juvenile detention centre in the jungle, and received HBF development support in 2017.

In Arnold is a Model Student by Thai filmmaker Sorayos Prapapan, a high school student gets involved with cheating for a military-school entrance exam, changing his perception of morality. The project received development support from HBF in 2015 and NFF+HBF support in the spring of 2020. IFFR screened many of Prapapan’s short films in the past.

The final selection is Pamfir by Ukrainian filmmaker Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk. His film follows a decent family man who is forced to give up his honest ways to help his family.

HBF Spring selection 2020

From 380 applications, 11 projects were selected for a €9,000 HBF Script & Development grant in two categories

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All projects selected for HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support

  • Arnold is a Model Student, Sorayos Prapapan, Thailand/Singapore/Netherlands (applicant European co-producer: Volya Films, Netherlands)
  • La jauría, Andrés Ramírez Pulido, Columbia/France (applicant European co-producer: Alta Rocca Films, France)
  • Pamfir, Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, Ukraine/Poland/France/Chile (applicant European co-producer: Madants, Poland)
  • Tiger Stripes, Amanda Nell Eu, Malaysia/Germany/Singapore/France/Indonesia (applicant European co-producer: Weydemann Bros., Germany)
  • Totem, Lila Avilés, Mexico/France (applicant European co-producer: Alpha Violet, France)

HBF+Europe is the international co-production funding scheme of IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund. The programme is designed to provide financial support to European producers serving as minority co-producers on high-quality feature films by talented filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.

HBF+Europe is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union.