Script and Project Development Support

A Script and Project Development grant can be used for the further development of a script (e.g. research, writing, translation or hiring a coach or script consultant), but can also be used to present a project to financiers or other potential partners at (international) co-production meetings or film festivals. The maximum contribution for Script and Project Development is €10,000. For upcoming deadlines, please see here.

Sub Categories 

HBF Script and Project Development support works with two separate calls for proposals: 

  • HBF Script and Project Development Bright Future (max. €10,000 per project): A special call for filmmakers working on their first or second narrative feature film. Applications can be submitted twice a year, with deadlines on 1 March and 1 August.
  • HBF Script and Project Development Voices (max. €10,000 per project): A special scheme for feature films by filmmakers more advanced in their career. Selection criteria include verifiable interest from potential co-producers, sales agents and/or distributors. Deadlines: 1 March and 1 August.

Regulations & Selection Criteria

Although the fund has no rigid rules and individual projects are judged on their own merits, there are limits to the field in which the Hubert Bals Fund operates.

  • The HBF provides support to talented filmmakers who live and work in countries listed on the DAC-list of the OECD.
  • In addition, filmmakers living and working in certain countries that rank low on the World Free Press Index are eligible for support. These countries are Russia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar.
  • The HBF also provides support to feature films by filmmakers from DAC-listed countries, who are living in diaspora (e.g. dual nationality, refugee status or residency permit) in a non-DAC-listed country. Please note priority is given to films that are majority shot in a DAC-listed country. 
  • Information on the required information/materials can be found here.
  • Applications should be written in English.
  • The prime consideration of the selection committee are the artistic qualities of an application.
  • For the fund to participate in a project, there should be a strong possibility that the rest of the financing can be found.
  • The fund is restricted to the support of fiction feature films. Shorts, documentaries and films specially made for television are not taken in consideration.
  • Applications can only be submitted more than once when specifically invited to do so.
  • The selection committee's decisions cannot be appealed.


The selection procedure for Script and Project Development applications is divided into two phases, for a more efficient process and quicker answer.

Phase 1 

  • After you have read and understood the HBF Regulations, login to MyIFFR.
  • The application form will be available one week before the deadline in MyIFFR. This form will allow you to include detailed project information. You can save the form without submitting while filling it out. For an overview of what information is requested, see here.
  • It is not possible to edit the form after you have submitted it.
  • The HBF selection committee will reach a decision on all submitted forms about six weeks after the deadline. The pre-selection results will be announced via e-mail. It is not possible to appeal the committee’s pre-selection decisions. 

Phase 2

  • If your project has been pre-selected, you are given one week to submit your full dossier (PDF or Word) by email, including previous work (online streaming). It is not possible to extend this one week period. For more details please see here.

Commitment to Benelux distribution

To guarantee that HBF-supported films reach an audience within the Benelux territory, IFFR becomes the 'custodian' of the Benelux distribution rights of all films supported by the Hubert Bals Fund as of 2017. This means that the Benelux rights remain with the legal rights-holder, but IFFR will collaborate with Benelux distributors in the release of the film and/or release the film through its own channels (e.g.

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