How HBF supports filmmakers in June

11 June 2020


How HBF supports filmmakers in June

11 June 2020

Spring selection revealed and online HBF panel on 25 June

Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) wants to stay in touch with its community of filmmakers. That’s why we’re hosting an online panel discussion during Marché du Film in Cannes to see how they’re doing. The festival also revealed its HBF Spring selection and new releases of HBF-supported films on IFFR Unleashed, including Nafi’s Father by Mamadou Dia and The Fever by Maya Da-Rin.

HBF panel during Marché du Film Online

On Thursday 25 June at 14:00 hours CEST, Jay Weissberg of Variety will interview Arun Karthick (Nasir), Shahrbanoo Sadat (Wolf and SheepThe Orphanage) and Alex Piperno (Window Boy Would also Like to Have a Submarine). This is an opportunity to check in with HBF-supported filmmakers and put their needs on the agenda. 

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Note: we will send you the event access details following your registration.

HBF Spring selection

From 380 applications, 11 projects were selected for a €9,000 HBF Script & Development grant in two categories: Voices, for experienced filmmakers, and Bright Future, for filmmakers early in their careers. 

Fay Breeman, manager of the HBF: “At a time when many film shoots are temporarily postponed, it feels extra important to support filmmakers working on new plans in development. Our selection includes two feature debuts, by Ali Cherri from Sudan and Ng'endo Mukii from Kenya. Directors like Shahrbanoo Sadat (Afghanistan) and José Luis Torres Leiva (Chile) have received HBF funding before, and we are proud to support exciting new steps in their careers.”

Two additional projects were selected for the NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme, a joint initiative by the HBF and the Netherlands Film Fund (NFF). Two grants of €50,000 are awarded to two projects with Dutch co-production partners.

HBF is thankful for the engagement of the Tiger Film Mecenaat and the Netherlands Film Fund who make these funding schemes possible. 

Projects selected for HBF Script & Development

Bright Future

¿Quién mató a Narciso?, Marcelo Martinessi Benza, Paraguay (supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme)
The Dam, Ali Cherri, Sudan/France/Serbia (supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme)
The Goat Sunday, Ng'endo Mukii, Kenya/South Africa (supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme)
Monólogo Colectivo, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Argentina
The Settlement, Mohamed Rashad, Egypt/France
Usud, Stefan Maleševic, Serbia/Netherlands/Luxembourg (supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme)


Cuando las nubes esconden la sombra, José Luis Torres Leiva, Chile (supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme)
If I Was Alive, André Novais Oliveira, Brazil (supported via NFF+HBF co-development scheme)
Kabul Jan, Shahrbanoo Sadat, Germany/Afghanistan
People of Solitude, Tariq Teguia, Algeria/France
Việt and Nam, Truong Minh Quý, Vietnam/Philippines

Projects selected for NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme

Arnold is a Model Student, Sorayos Prapapan, Thailand (Dutch co-producer: Volya Films)
Baby, Marcelo Caetano, Brazil (Dutch co-producer: Circe Films)

HBF on IFFR Unleashed

With IFFR Unleashed, IFFR continues to give a platform to HBF-supported films after their festival tours and cinema releases. In this special collection, you’ll find new additions such as Window Boy Would also to Have a Submarine by Alex Piperno (an exclusive online premiere, released 18 June and available in the Benelux), Nafi’s Father by Mamadou Dia, The Fever by Maya Da-Rin and the 2014 restoration of Mysterious Object at Noon by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Other available films include De jueves a domingo by Dominga Sotomayor, A Corner of Heaven by Zhang Miaoyan and El viento sabe que vuelvo a casa by José Luis Torres Leiva, whose latest project has been selected for the HBF spring selection.

Check out the collection here


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