Presenting IFFR-supported titles

18 January 2023

Film still: Arnold is a Model Student


Presenting IFFR-supported titles

18 January 2023

IFFR doesn’t just present groundbreaking cinema, it helps create it too. Through the Hubert Bals Fund and IFFR Pro’s co-production market CineMart, as well as plenty of talent development initiatives, the festival provides resources and a platform for filmmakers to realise their work. Take a look at the supported titles in the IFFR 2023 lineup.

The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) provides funding to filmmakers in every stage of the production process, from development through to post-production – working specifically with visionaries from regions where film infrastructures, cultural funding or freedom of speech are lacking or restrictive. CineMart is the festival’s co-production market where a specially curated lineup of projects in development present themselves to international industry, finding vital support, funding and collaborators. 

Five HBF-supported titles are presented across the programme with two world premieres, including in the Big Screen Competition. Two former CineMart titles are in the lineup too, one of which a world premiere in the Limelight programme. 

The Cinema Regained strand, dedicated to explorations in film history, presents Le taxi, le cinéma et moia portrait of Burkina Faso filmmaker Drissa Touré whose films Laada (1991) and Haramuya (1995) were supported by the Hubert Bals Fund and screen once again at IFFR 2023.

Arnold is a Model Student 

Thai students unite to reject the rigid societal norms and traditionalist values in their school.

Sorayos Prapapan, 2022, Thailand, Singapore, France, Netherlands, Philippines, presented in Harbour

HBF Development Support 2015, HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support 2020, NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme 2020

A House in Jerusalem

A heartfelt exploration of personal and historical memory through the perspective of a bereaved girl.

Muayad Alayan, 2023, Palestine, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Qatar, world premiere, presented in Limelight

CineMart 2019

Mudos testigos

An imaginary melodrama excerpted from twelve extant films from the silent period of Colombian cinema.

Jeronimo Atehortua Arteaga, Luis Ospina 2023, Colombia, France, world premiere, presented in Cinema Regained

HBF Development Support 2020

My Little Nighttime Secret

Fourteen-year-old Mira spends the night away from her family, but holds a terrible secret inside.

Natalya Meshchaninova, 2023, Russia, world premiere, presented in the Big Screen Competition

HBF Development Support 2021 


An ex-smuggler does one last job for his family in this simmering rural crime drama.

Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, 2022, Ukraine, France, Poland, Chile, Luxembourg, presented in Harbour

HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support 2020

Something You Said Last Night

In this tender debut feature, summer vacation is an exploration of millennial boredom, family love and trans identity.

Luis De Filippis, 2022, Canada, Switzerland, presented in Harbour

CineMart 2020

Trenque Lauquen

A woman investigating a real-life romance enigmatically vanishes in this mysterious, magic, ever-shifting tale.

Laura Citarella, 2022, Argentina, Germany, presented in Harbour

HBF Development Support 2016

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