The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) of the International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected nineteen film projects that receive grants for script development, digital production, postproduction or workshops. In its spring 2012 selection round, the fund gives 260,000 to projects from fifteen Asian, African and Latin-American and Eastern European countries.
In this selection round, the fund welcomes promising first or second time feature films by Song Fang, Huang Ji (both China), Gurvinder Singh (India), Caroline Kamya (Uganda), Ognjen Glavonic (Serbia), Sebastián Hofmann (Mexico) and Eduardo Nunes (Brazil).
Supporting more experienced filmmakers, the fund is glad to select projects from, among others, Pablo Stoll (Uruguay), Aditya Assarat (Thailand) and Tariq Teguia (Algeria).
Furthermore, the selection round includes a €5,000 prize for the Hubert Bals Fund Award, to be handed out to the most promising fiction project at the upcoming Durban FilmMart
(20-23 July 2012), and a grant will be given to the next Colón Workshop for Latin American filmmakers, a partner organization of the Rotterdam Lab.
When finished in time, the films of directors mentioned below – receiving HBF postproduction grants – are expected to screen at the 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam.
After her short film Goodbye
(2009, awarded at Cannes' Cinefondation), Chinese filmmaker Song Fang makes her feature debut with Memories Look at Me, a strikingly observed portrait of her Chinese family life.
Short film maker, visual artist and distinguished film editor Sebastián Hofmann (Mexico) writes and directs his first feature film Halley, a contemporary gothic story that casts a compassionate look at the life of a zombie.
After Rome Rather Than You
(which premiered in 2006 in Venice) and Inland
, Tariq Teguia (Algeria) is working on his third feature film Ibn Battuta, that follows a journalist on his investigative journey throughout North Africa and the Middle East. The project previously received a script development grant from the Hubert Bals Fund.
This round, digital production support goes to acclaimed filmmakers Yang Heng (China) and Riri Riza (Indonesia).
Yang's previous works are Betelnut
(New Currents Award in Busan and Hivos Tiger Award competitor in 2010) and Sun Spots
(also supported by the Hubert Bals Fund). In his Lake August, he continues to portrait young adults' life in his home province.
Experienced film maker, producer and writer Riza (Eliana, Eliana
, 2002) situates his new film Atambua 39° Celcius among a family separated from their relatives following the independence of the state of Eastern Timor in 2002.
The ten grants for script development support both upcoming and experienced filmmakers. Huang Ji (China) works on Foolish Bird, the second installment of the trilogy she started with her feature debut and Hivos Tiger Award-winning Egg and Stone
Ognjen Glavonic (Serbia) writes his first feature film The Load. Set in Serbia during the NATO bombings in 1999, the film follows the driver of a freeze truck. He does not want to know what the load is, but the cargo slowly becomes his burden.
Alex Piperno (Uruguay) prepares his first feature project Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine, in which a ship crew member discovers a solitary girl behind a mysterious door.
Caroline Kamya (Uganda) works on her second feature film Hot Comb in which two school girls from different backgrounds become close. Her debut feature Imani
premiered in Berlin.
Furthermore, the fund supports the script development of new projects by two experienced filmmakers: Pablo Stoll (Uruguay) whose '3' was launched at CineMart and received its premiere this year in Cannes' Directors' Fortnight, writes and produces his next project Silver Shadow; Aditya Assarat (Thailand), Hivos Tiger Award winner for Wonderful Town
, prepares The White Buffalo, equally presented at this year's CineMart.
The line up of the IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund Spring 2012 Selection Round in full:
Post-production funding or final-financing
Halley; Sebastián Hofmann; Mexico
Ibn Battuta; Tariq Teguia; Algerije
Peculiar Vacations and Other Illnesses; Yosep Anggi Noen; Indonesië
Poor Folk; Midi Z; Myanmar
Memories Look at Me; Song Fang; China
Atambua 39° Celcius; Riri Riza; Indonesië
Lake August; Yang Heng; China
Script and projectdevelopment
Foolish Bird; Huang Ji; China
The Fourth Direction; Gurvinder Singh; India
A Happy Death; Eduardo Nunes; Brazilië
Hot Comb; Caroline Kamya; Oeganda
Leave it for Tomorrow, for Night has Fallen; Jet Leyco; Filipppijnen
The Load; Ognjen Glavonic; Servië
The Sigbin Chronicles; Joanna Vasquez Arong; Filippijnen
Silver Shadow; Pablo Stoll; Uruguay
The White Buffalo; Aditya Assarat; Thailand
Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine; Alex Piperno; Uruguay