Hubert Bals Fund announces winners

Hubert Bals Fund Fall 2007 Selection Round

Rotterdam announces winners

'Wonderful Town' by Aditya Assarat (Thailand, 2007), supported by the Hubert Bals Fund

The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF), Rotterdam’s fund designed to support films from the South, has announced financial contributions to 28 film projects in 18 countries for a total amount of 435,000 Euro. These include new films by acclaimed independent filmmakers Wang Bing, Paz Encina, Bahman Ghobadi and Lisandro Alonso, as well as many projects by first time filmmakers. An expected twenty completed films supported by the HBF, will be selected for the upcoming 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam.

'Fujian Blue' by Weng Shou Ming (China, 2007), supported by the Hubert Bals FundAmong the eight projects in the post production category, two films have already been selected for the Rotterdam festival: FUJIAN BLUE by Weng Shou Ming (China) and WONDERFUL TOWN by Aditya Assarat (Thailand), a winner of the New Currents Award in Pusan 2007.
The Fund also supports I WANT TO SEE, a documentary on Lebanon by filmmakers Khalil Joreige & Joanna Hadjithomas, featuring Catherine Deneuve along with actor Rabih Mroué, as they are visiting Mroué’s childhood home in a destroyed village on the Lebanese-Israeli border. South Africa’s Darrell James Roodt receives support for his pivotal low budget drama ZIMBABWE.
Also included are the exciting feature débuts by Jose Luis Torres Leiva (Chili) and Matheus Nachtergaele (Brazil), now nearing their completion, and already supported for script development by the HBF in 2003.

Raya MartinIn its script development category, the Fund supports first fiction feature film projects by Michel Lipkes and Daniela Schneider (Mexico), Theó Jose Court (Chili) and Mitra Farahani (Iran). Georgian filmmaker Giorgi Chalauri’s first feature project SUSA received the Hubert Bals Fund Award, June 2007, on the occasion of the Directors Across Borders’ workshop of the Golden Apricot Film Festival (Armenia). Young Philippine filmmaker Raya Martin receives backing to develop INDEPENDENCIA, a CineMart Project 2007 awarded with the Prince Claus Fund Film Grant, set against the backdrop of the American occupation of the Philippines in the early 20th century.

Adapting to the changing needs of filmmakers, the Hubert Bals Fund since 2006 supports low budget digital film projects. The grants in this category are meant to cover a large part of a digital feature film. As announced earlier, the Fund has selected film projects by Mexican filmmaker Eugenio Polgovsky (TROPICO DE CANCER), Paz Encina (HAMACA PARAGUAYA) from Paraguay and two of the most creative filmmakers from China, Wang Bing and Liu Jiayin.

The line up of the IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund Fall 2007 Selection Round.