Hubert Bals Fund announces winning film projects
Spring 2008 Selection
The Hubert Bals Fund of the Rotterdam film festival announces financial contributions to 27 film projects for a total amount of 385,000 Euro. One of the winners, TONY MANERO by Pablo Larraín, is selected for the Directors’ Fortnight 2008. It brings the total of Rotterdam-backed titles in Cannes to sixteen.
This Spring, Hubert Bals Fund contributions will go to filmmakers in seventeen countries. Among them are maestro Lav Diaz (Philippines), upcoming talent Edwin (Indonesia), about to make his feature film début, and Matias Meyer (Mexico) who writes and directs his second feature film following his remarkable WADLEY.
Selected for the Directors’ Fortnight 2008, TONY MANERO is set in 1978 during the Pinochet dictatorship period. While Raúl, a man in his fifties, tries to earn respect by imitating John Travolta’s character in Saturday Night Fever, members of his dance group are persecuted by the Chilean secret police.
Also Indonesian filmmaker Edwin is granted a Hubert Bals Fund contribution to finish his feature début. Larraín’s TONY MANERO, Edwin’s THE BLIND PIG WHO WANTS TO FLY as well as the other seven films now supported for post production are expected to screen during the 38th IFFR (January 21 – February 1, 2009).
Since 2006, the Hubert Bals Fund also supports low budget digital film projects. The grants in this category are meant to cover a large part of a digital feature film. This Spring Selection, Lav Diaz is one of the six filmmakers to receive support for digital production. His earlier work includes DEATH IN THE LAND OF ENCANTOS, selected for Venice, Toronto and Rotterdam.
The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam has a successful track record of discovering and supporting creative, independent filmmakers and stimulating filmculture in developing countries. Twice a year, the fund makes contributions to a total of sixty film projects.
About 80% of these projects are realized. The fund’s contributions act as seal of approval which helps to convince additional investors. Many Hubert Bals Fund supported films have been selected by the film festivals of Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, San Sebastian, Locarno, Pusan, Toronto and Rotterdam.
The line up of the IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund Spring 2008 Selection Round in full:
BE CALM AND COUNT TO 7 ; Ramtin Lavafipour - Iran
THE BLIND PIG WHO WANTS TO FLY ; Edwin - Indonesia
BAKSY ; Guka Omarova - Kazakhstan
GREEN ROCKING CHAIR ; Roxlee - Philippines
TONY MANERO ; Pablo Larraín - Chile
MOON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL ; Nguyen Vinh Son - Vietnam
TURISTAS ; Alicia Scherson - Chile
ER DONG ; Yang Jin – China
PANDORA’S BOX ; Yesim Ustaoglu – Turkey
OUR GRAND DESPAIR ; Seyfi Teoman - Turkey
GIRIMUNHO ; Helvécio Marins Jr. - Brazil
ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA ; Cui Zi’en - China
JEAN GENTIL ; Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas - Dominican Republic / Mexico
KALAYAAN ; Adolfo Alix Jr. - Philippines
KOSMOS ; Ihor Podolchak - Ukraine
CIRCUMSTANCE ; Maryam Keshavarz - Iran
SUR LA PLANCHE ; Leila Kilani – Morocco
TANTA AGUA ; Ana Guevara & Leticia Jorge - Uruguay
LOS ULTIMOS CRISTEROS ; Matias Meyer - Mexico
THE GREAT DESAPARECIDO ; Lav Diaz - Phillippines
LUCÍA ; Niles Atallah - Chile
THAT YEAR WHEN WE WERE YOUNG ; Tao Peng - China
ONE DAY WHEN THE RAIN FALLS ; Ifa Isfansyah - Indonesia
WOMAN ON FIRE LOOKS FOR WATER ; Woo Ming Jin - Malaysia
Distribution and special projects
WAR, LOVE, GOD AND MADNESS ; Mohamed Al-Daradji - Iraq
Directors Across Borders (DAB Forum), Yerevan - Armenia