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 moi: a 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
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
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