For the new HBF+Europe Minority Coproduction Support scheme, HBF selects four projects, represented by co-producers from Greece, France and the Netherlands. The selection includes three feature films by emerging female directors (Rungano Nyoni, Soudade Kaadan and Bani Khoshnoudi) and a third film by Benjamin Naishtat from Argentina. Each project has received a contribution of €55.000. The HBF+Europe programme is supported by the Creative Europe-MEDIA programme of the European Union.
Fireflies tells the story of Ali, a young homosexual who escaped the repression in Iran by fleeing to Veracruz, Mexico, where he tries to move forward with his life. Director Bani Khoshnoudi’s first feature, Ziba, and two of her shorts, screened at previous editions of IFFR. Fireflies will be produced in Mexico, as a coproduction between Zensky Cine (Mexico) and Haos Film (Greece).
Rungano Nyoni’s successful short Mwanza the Great screened at IFFR 2012. Her new project, I Am Not a Witch was supported for HBF Script and Project Development. The film follows Shula, a young girl who is accused by her community of witchcraft and exiled to a witch-camp in the middle of the desert. The film will be a coproduction between ICREATE FILM (Zambia), Clandestine Films (France), Soda Pictures (UK) and OAK Motion Pictures (The Netherlands).
Rojo by Benjamin Naishtat was previously supported by HBF Script and Project Development and NFF+HBF. The film looks at a small town on the edge of the desert, where a series of strange, vaguely connected events illustrate the violent times of the mid 1970s in Argentina. Rojo will be made in coproduction with Pucará Cine (Argentina), Desvia (Brazil), Viking Film (The Netherlands), Ecce Films (France) and Sutor Kolonko (Germany).
The Day I Lost My Shadow by first-time filmmaker Soudade Kaadan, portrays Syria during the Arab Spring in 2011. Between water outages and power cuts, Sana is determined to obtain cooking gas to prepare a meal for her son. When the country is hit by a gas crisis, she takes a day off from work to search for a gas cylinder. The film will be shot in Lebanon and produced by KAF Productions (Lebanon), in coproduction with Acrobates Films (France).