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30 Jan – 9 Feb 2025

HBF+Europe: Post-production Support

Through HBF+Europe: Post-production support, the Hubert Bals Fund aims to encourage European producers to participate as a minority co-producer in high-quality film projects by filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe. HBF+Europe is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union.

Autumn 2024 round

Deadline: 9 September 2024
Application form available online from two weeks before the deadline

The latest HBF+EU Post-production Support call is intended to support European minority co-productions that are in late post-production stages and do not have any world premiere confirmed until November 2024. 

The projects should be aimed for their festival premiere and/or theatrical release from year 2025 and onwards.

Time restrictions

The report of expenditure of HBF+EU grant must be submitted to the HBF at the latest by 1 March 2025. The cost for the required auditor’s certificate can be part of the budget. Entitlement to funding will be revoked and the funding reclaimed in case of failure to observe the time-limits. Any exceptions on behalf of the funding applicant must be applied for in writing to the HBF and are subject to an internal evaluation and discussion with Creative Europe. 

Payment

  1. 50% upon signing the funding agreement and upon positive review of the total  financing. The latter includes the verification of the total European share and signed co-production agreement.
  2. Remaining 50% upon submission of the rough cut of the film and HBF approval of the final financing plan (inclusive of audited report of HBF+EU grant). 

Addition to eligibility criteria

  1. The project is ineligible if it has a confirmed world premiere before the end of the HBF+EU selection period, therefore until November 2024 . 
  2. A maximum of two projects will be selected for funding.
  • About the scheme

    The scheme has a special spotlight on first and second feature films, but is also open to films by filmmakers more advanced in their career. The funding is designed for international co-productions, in which at least one European and one non-European producer is involved.
    The European producer should be the applicant and will conclude the funding agreement. Only 25% of the HBF+Europe funding has to be spent in Europe, the other 75% can be spent elsewhere.

    The scheme is specially designed to encourage European producers from countries with limited co-production schemes to participate.

  • Key facts

    • A maximum of 2 projects can be selected per round.
    • The maximum amount awarded per project is €60,000.
    • The selection will be announced around two months after the deadline.
    • It is compulsory to share a rough cut as part of the application. Rushes will not be accepted.
    • The contract should be finalised by 1 March 2025.
  • Requirements for submission

    Only complete and eligible applications will be taken into consideration. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully.

    Eligibility criteria and regulations

    HBF List of eligible countries

    All applications for the HBF+Europe: Post-production Support scheme should be submitted by the application deadline. Applications should be submitted in digital form. The application consists of three components: a completed application form, a completed eligibility form and a project dossier. The full project dossier and eligibility form can be uploaded as an attachment to the application form in your personal account environment. Incomplete applications are not taken into consideration.

    Required documentation

  • Selection procedure

    The selection process will take a maximum of 10 weeks. The selection procedure consists of two steps: a formal assessment and a committee assessment.

    Formal assessment

    The HBF staff will take in all applications and assess their eligibility by formal criteria, as mentioned under eligible projects and applicants, and financial eligibility. Only complete applications that meet the formal criteria are taken into further consideration.

    Committee assessment

    After the formal assessment, the selection committee will assess the remaining applications. The assessment is made based on the rough cut, entry form, full project dossier, additional documents and visual material and will be done using an assessment form based on pre-formulated criteria (see below).

    Scores will be given on each main selection criteria, and the maximum score will be 100 points. A final selection is made based on the highest average scores granted to applications by the committee in the assessment process.

    Award criteria

  • Selection announcement

    The selection will be announced by email first, followed by a formal letter of confirmation. All projects not selected will be informed by e-mail about their rejection. Upon request and internal evaluation, an overview of the average scores can be provided, as well as feedback form the HBF staff, however it is not possible to reconsider a decision made by the committee. Submitted projects can only be considered once under this scheme. Resubmission of the same project is therefore not possible.

  • Contracts and payment

    The payments in the scheme for HBF+Europe: Post-production Support are transferred in two instalments:

      • 50% upon signing the contract, a positive verification of the total film financing and a positive verification of the eligible division of shares in the final co-production agreement.

      • The final 50% upon reception and approval of the narrative and financial report and a preview copy of the final version of the film.

    Detailed information about the financial instalments will be included in the contract between HBF and fund recipients.

    Please note: the confirmation of the HBF+Europe funding expires when the complete financing of a project cannot be affirmed within 1 March 2025.

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