The Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected fourteen film projects from countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to receive grants in the categories HBF Script & Project Development and HBF Postproduction, totalling € 175,000. Two film projects from Argentina, produced by Viking Film and Topkapi Films, have been selected for the second round of the Netherlands Film Fund + Hubert Bals Fund (NFF+HBF) Coproduction Scheme 2015.
HBF Script & Project Development selection
In its Fall 2015 selection round, the HBF supported eight projects with a Script and Project Development grant, selected from 259 applications. The selection includes four first or second projects by filmmakers Sorayos Prapapan, Gym Lumbera, Shahram Mokri and Liu Shu, and new projects by four award-winning filmmakers.
- Arnold Is a Model Student, Sorayos Prapapan, Thailand
- Kékszakállú, Gastón Solnicki, Argentina
- Lotus Position, Liu Shu, China
- The Mysteries of Taal: A Philippine Volcano and Lake, Her Sea Life and Lost Towns, Gym Lumbera, Philippines
- Over the City, Emir Baigazin, Kazakhstan
- Wine Sediment, Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran
- Yellow Apples, Shahram Mokri, Iran
- Antigone, Pedro González-Rubio, Mexico
HBF Post-production selection
The Hubert Bals Fund supported six films with a Post-production grant, selected from 65 applications. Three filmmakers' first fiction feature films were selected: Hedi by Mohamed Ben Attia, Suspension by Ala Eddine Slim and Alba by Ana Cristina Barragan. Also awarded with a HBF Post-production grant are: La flor by Mariano Llinás, Era o Hotel Cambridge by Eliane Caffé and Burning Birds by former Hivos Tiger Awards nominee Sanjeewa Pushpakumara.
- Alba, Ana Cristina Barragan, Ecuador
- Burning Birds, Sanjeewa Pushpakumara, Sri Lanka
- Era o Hotel Cambridge, Eliane Caffé, Brazil
- Hedi, Mohamed Ben Attia, Tunisia
- La flor, Mariano Llinás, Argentina
- Suspension, Ala Eddine Slim, Tunisia
NFF+HBF Coproduction Scheme 2015 selection
The Netherlands Film Fund and the Hubert Bals Fund have selected two Argentinian film projects in the Fall 2015 round of its joint NFF+HBF Coproduction Scheme: Rojo by Benjamin Naishtat, coproduced by Dutch producer Viking Film and La cama by Mónica Lairana, coproduced by Dutch producer Topkapi Films. These two projects will receive a production contribution of €50,000 from the Netherlands Film Fund.
Viking Film will coproduce Rojo, Benjamin Naishtat's third feature film. Earlier films of this filmmaker include Historia del miedo (Competition Berlinale, 2014) and El movimiento (Competition Locarno, Filmmakers of the Present, 2015). Rojo is set in Argentina in the 1970s, a country suffering from an unprecedented wave of political violence. In these dark times, an ordinary man sees his chances to hide a very bad deed. The film will be produced by Pucará Cine (Argentina) and coproduced by Ecce Films (France), Sutor Kolonko Filmproduktion (Germany), Desvia (Brazil) and Viking Film (The Netherlands).
Topkapi Films will coproduce Mónica Lairana’s first feature film La cama. Laraina's previous short films include María (2012), Rosa (2010), which both screened at IFFR. La cama tells the story of Jorge (58) and Mabel (56) in the final day of their relationship. We see them eat, make love, cry and laugh, while deconstructing their family home after 30 years of marriage. The film will be produced by Rio Abajo Producciones (Argentina) and coproduced by Gema Films (Argentina), Adriana Yurkovich (Argentina), Mónica Lairana (Argentina) and Topkapi Films (The Netherlands).