45th edition 27 January - 7 February 2016

Cinema Mondial Tour expands into MENA region

<strong>De jueves a domingo</strong>
<strong>Winter Vacation</strong>
<strong>Tilva Rosh</strong>

The travelling film programme Cinema Mondial Tour of the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) and the Jan Vrijman Fund (JVF) gets a third edition. For the first time the successful Tour will also travel to several Northern African and Middle Eastern countries next to touring Middle and Southern Africa. The funds of IFFR and IDFA contribute to the realization of film projects from developing countries and screen the finished films within The Netherlands. Since 2010, the Funds have joined forces in the Cinema Mondial Tour.

After two editions in sub-Saharan African countries, the Funds have decided to expand the scope of the Cinema Mondial Tour towards a new region: countries in the northern part of Africa and in the Middle East. To achieve this goal, the Funds collaborate with the Network of Arab Arthouse Screens (NAAS) that promotes art house film screenings in countries like Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Syria. Films from this region are included in the new Cinema Mondial Tour programme (see full list below) together with works from the other parts of the world where the HBF and the JVF are active.

Cinema Mondial Tour is very successful. The first two editions attracted tens of thousands of visitors from the eleven participating film festivals in Africa. Several films picked up awards at these film festivals such as Turkish film Pandora’s Box by Yesim Ustaoglu or Iranian film Be Calm and Count to Seven by Ramtin Lafavipour during the Quintessence Film Festival in Benin.

Cinema Mondial Tour 2012-2013

Hubert Bals Fund Films:
De jueves a domingo - Dominga Sotomayor, 2012, Chile
Goodbye - Mohammad Rasoulof, 2011, Iran
Qarantina - Oday Rasheed, 2010, Iraq
Winter Vacation - Li Hongqi, 2010, China
Tilva Rosh - Nikola Ležaic, 2010, Serbia

Jan Vrijman Fund Films:
Dolls, a Woman From Damascus - Diana El Jeiroudi, Syria, 2008
King Naki and the Thundering Hooves - Tim Wege, South Africa, 2011
Last Train Home - Lixin Fan, Canada, China, 2009
The City of Photographers - Sebastian Moreno, Chile, 2006
The Invisible Policeman - Laith El-Juneidi, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, 2011

Partner festivals: (tbc)

Partners included in the NAAS network:

The Hubert Bals Fund is supported by the ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hivos Culture Foundation, Dioraphte Foundation and DOEN Foundation.

The Jan Vrijman Fund is supported by the ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hivos Culture Foundation and DOEN Foundation.

Cinema Mondial Tour on the IDFA website

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