With the closing chapter of the festival’s 50th edition only a few days away, we’re warming up with an announcement that we’re much more used to at this time of year: the Hubert Bals Fund’s Spring selection. Ten filmmakers from countries including Lesotho, Brazil, Thailand and Kazakhstan were selected for a Script and Project Development grant of €10,000 whilst two more, from Indonesia and Yemen, receive €75,000 under the Netherlands Film Fund + HBF Co-production Scheme.
Deaf Love 1500 by Grace Passô, a Brazilian renowned for her work as an actress and award-winning playwright, is one of many projects to be excited about. She previously appeared at IFFR in 2019 when she starred in Temporada by André Novais Oliveira, a role that won her best actress awards at the Turin and Brasília film festivals. Her feature directorial debut is adapted from her own theatre play and tells a family story of grief and affection.
Another familiar name in the selection is director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese from Lesotho, whose This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection screened at IFFR 2020. The film premiered at Venice and won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award at Sundance. Most recently, Mosese gave a Big Talk at IFFR 2021 in February, where he was also a member of the Tiger Jury. His latest project The Chattering of Teeth is set in Lesotho in 1852 in a village of outcasts escaping the heat and the cruelty of warfare.
New names are also found in the selection. Filipino filmmaker and alumni of the Résidence de la Cinéfondation du Festival de Cannes, Rafael Manuel, is supported for his debut feature Patrimonio. His golf course-set short Filipiñana won the Berlinale Silver Bear Jury Prize in 2020. There are also new selections for debut features by Jirassaya Wongsutin from Thailand with Flat Girls and Zhannat Alshanova from Kazakhstan for A Winner is Seen at the Start.
Five projects from the Script and Project Development selection – those with plans for Dutch collaboration – will be given extra support by the Netherlands Film Fund. Selected Brazilian projects can also benefit from our new partnership with Projeto Paradiso.
Supported filmmakers by HBF in Spring 2021
Script and Project Development full selection
- The Chattering of Teeth, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, Lesotho/South Africa
- Deaf Love 1500, Grace Passô, Brazil
- Flat Girls, Jirassaya Wongsutin, Thailand/Singapore
- Guras, Saurav Rai, India/Nepal
- In the Shadow of the Horns, Ognjen Glavonić, Serbia
- My Little Nighttime Secret, Natalya Meshchaninova, Russia
- Nightsong, Maya Da-Rin, Brazil
- Patrimonio, Rafael Manuel, Philippines/Singapore
- Te veré mañana, Santiago Loza, Argentina
- A Winner is Seen at the Start, Zhannat Alshanova, Kazakhstan
NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme
The NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme is a joint initiative with the Netherlands Film Fund to support projects with Dutch co-production partners that were previously supported by the HBF in the development phase. Indonesian director Mouly Surya’s project The City is a Battlefield is supported after it won development support in Fall 2019, whilst Yemenite filmmaker Sara Ishaq’s project The Station finds renewed support after a development grant in 2018. The two projects selected are the first to receive the increased award of €75,000.
- The City is a Battlefield, Mouly Surya, Indonesia
- The Station, Sara Ishaq, Yemen/Jordan
The HBF is thankful for the engagement of the Tiger Film Mecenaat and the Netherlands Film Fund who make these funding schemes possible.