Shine a light
This year, all 22 Hubert Bals Fund-supported films will compete for the newly created Dioraphte Award, valued at €10,000 and donated by the Fund’s new sponsor, the Dioraphte Foundation. The other Fund sponsors are Dutch broadcaster NPS, the Doen! Foundation, Hivos/NCDO Cultuurfonds and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The new award jury consists of former HBF manager Marianne Bhalotra, Amra Baksic Camo (Sarajevo Cinelink programme manager) and Malaysian filmmaker Ho Yuhang, whose As I Lay Dying competes this year in the Tiger Shorts competition. Yuhang’s Sanctuary also competed in the Tiger Competition in 2005.
‘We are very excited that the Dioraphte Foundation is partnering with the Hubert Bals Fund this year,’ commented HBF manager Bianca Taal. ‘In addition to their contribution directly to the Fund, the Dioraphte Award for one of the HBF titles screening at the festival will enable us to shine a special spotlight on this year’s harvest.’