Did you know that every year a lot of films that originated at IFFR find their way to Cannes? Yes, that’s right – originated, because as well as showing lots of films (many of them for the first time), IFFR is also where many film projects are born – thanks in part to our Hubert Bals Fund (HBF). This year is no exception, as the Cannes film festival – which starts today – is screening three film productions developed with support from the HBF
In his award-winning film Hedi, Tunisian filmmaker Mohamed Ben Attia subtly allows a love story to reflect on that country's 2010 Jasmin Revolution. "Hedi's love story with Rim is comparable to the revolution. At times like this, you believe everything is going to be alright." Hedi received support from the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Fesitval Rotterdam, and will be screened during World Cinema Amsterdam.
The audience of IFFR 2013 has voted: Diederik Ebbinge's debut film Matterhorn takes home the UPC Audience Award for the highest rating, while runner-up Wadjda by Haifaa Al Mansour wins the Dioraphte Award for best Hubert Bals Fund-supported film.
On 30 January, Lions Club L'Esprit du Temps will give the Lions Film Award to a promising filmmaker whose film has been supported by IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund and show clear involvement in societal and political issues.
On its YouTube channel, IFFR closes the year with feature film Cornelia frente al espejo, directed by Argentinean filmmaker Daniel Rosenfeld. The film was supported by the Hubert Bals Fund and shown at the festival of 2012.