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Hubert Bals Fund announces winners Fall 2012 Selection Round

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      The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has selected twenty-five film projects that receive grants for script development, digital production, postproduction, distribution or workshops. In its Fall 2012 selection round, the Fund gives 330,000 Euro to projects from seventeen Asian, Eastern European, Latin-American and African countries. (See full list below)   From many strong applications for workshop initiatives, the Hubert Bals Fu...

First Curaçao IFFR opens 29 March with Marley

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Fundashon Bon Intenshon is proud to present the first edition of the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam (Curaçao IFFR). From Thursday 29 March until Sunday 1 April 2012, Curaçao IFFR presents a strong selection of twenty-seven feature length films (both documentary and fiction) as well as eleven short films from around the world in the new six-screen multiplex theatre The Cinemas, located in the Otrobanda district of Willemstad. The festival programme, made in collaboration with th...

Rotterdam fest will organise a new film festival on Curaçao

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On 7 June 2011, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and the Fundashon Bon Intenshon signed a partnership agreement sealing their organisation of a four-day film festival in Willemstad on Curaçao in 2012. The first edition of the new festival will take place from Thursday 29 March – Sunday 1 April 2012 under the name ‘Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam’. Curaçao IFFR’s main location will be The Cinemas, the new six-screen complex in the Otrobanda area of Willems...

Leaving Baghdad

Director: Koutaiba Al-Janabi.
Leaving Baghdad is a road movie that follows Sadik, the personal cameraman to the leader Saddam Hussein, at the end of the nineties. Sadik is trying to escape the grip of the regime, being pursued from country to country, encountering smugglers and crooks on his journey. Sadik suffers from paranoia and constant fear. The Iraqi secret police are after him because he is carrying evidence of the atrocities committed by the regime. Sadik is dreaming to go to London, to join his wife who is, however, unwilling to help. In his despair and loneliness, Sadik writes letters to his son, Semir. These letters turn into a confession and reveal Sadik's past and the real reason for his fleeing , the endless waiting and his paranoia.

World Cinema Amsterdam: new film festival dedicated to world cinema

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World Cinema Amsterdam is a new film festival based in Amsterdam, combining the best independently produced films from Latin America, Asia and Africa in a single festival. From 12 to 22 August, more than 60 short and feature-length films will screen in the Rialto cinema and at free outdoor screenings on Marie Heinekenplein square. The festival opens on 12 August with the screening of Un homme qui crie, a moving father & son drama from Chad which this year won the Cannes Jury Prize and was nomina...

Rotterdam Hubert Bals Fund selects 27 projects

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The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has selected twenty-seven film projects that receive grants for script development, digital production, postproduction, distribution or workshops. In its Fall 2009 selection, the Fund gives 385 thousand Euro to projects from nineteen countries. The selection includes new films by acclaimed filmmakers such as Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Edwin and many first time filmmakers. (See full list below)   Six of the eight projects select...

Iwana Chronis to lead Hubert Bals Fund

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  The International Film Festival Rotterdam has appointed Iwana Chronis to lead the festival's Hubert Bals Fund. Chronis will take the position of Fund Manager from June 1, 2009. She takes over from Bianca Taal, who led the fund from 2007 until March 2009, when she left the IFFR to work for the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam.   Iwana Chronis (1977) has extensive working experience in combining culture and international development. She studied Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the Uni...

Rotterdam Fest line up

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For its 38th edition, the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009 will present 43 world premieres as well as 35 international and 34 European premieres of feature length films. A strong year for Eastern European film is led by ROOM AND A HALF, a fictional biopic about poet Joseph Brodsky by Andrey Khrzhanovsky; MORPHIA, Alexei Balabanov’s latest film, based on a M. Bulgakov adaptation by the late Sergei Bodrov Jr. and acclaimed Armenian director Harutyun Khachatryan’s BORDER. Throughout t...

Hubert Bals Fund Award goes to WASHINGTON at Yerevan’s DAB Forum

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The Hubert Bals Fund Award has been given to WASHINGTON by Andro Sakvarelidze & Giga Chkheidze (Georgia) as Best Project out of twelve presented at the 2nd DAB Co-Production Forum (July 15-17). The Forum is part of the Yerevan International Film Festival (July 13-20) in Armenia. The Hubert Bals Fund Award, aimed to support the filmmakers in developing their project, comes with a prize money of Euro 5,000. The DAB Regional Co-Production Forum is organized by the Golden Apricot Fund for Cinema Dev...

Hubert Bals Fund announces winning film projects

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The Hubert Bals Fund of the Rotterdam film festival announces financial contributions to 27 film projects for a total amount of 385,000 Euro. One of the winners, TONY MANERO by Pablo Larraín, is selected for the Directors’ Fortnight 2008. It brings the total of Rotterdam-backed titles in Cannes to sixteen. This Spring, Hubert Bals Fund contributions will go to filmmakers in seventeen countries. Among them are maestro Lav Diaz (Philippines), upcoming talent Edwin (Indonesia), about to make his...

Rotterdam Hubert Bals Fund Harvest;

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In its feature film selection, the 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam will include fifty world premieres, thirty international premieres and twenty-five European premieres. International sales agents to bring world and international premieres to Rotterdam include Fortissimo, Memento, Wide Management, Trust, Match Factory and newly formed Elle Driver. Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund adds an enticing harvest of 22 new films to the festival. All of these are nominated for the newly installed...

Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund announces winners

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The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF), Rotterdam’s fund designed to support films from the South, has announced financial contributions to 28 film projects in 18 countries for a total amount of 435,000 Euro. These include new films by acclaimed independent filmmakers Wang Bing, Paz Encina, Bahman Ghobadi and Lisandro Alonso, as well as many projects by first time filmmakers. An expected twenty completed films supported by the HBF, will be selected for the upcoming 37th International Film Festival Rotter...

Four digital film projects selected for Hubert Bals Fund support

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The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected four film projects to receive support in its ‘digital production’ category. Liu Jiayin and Wang Bing (both from China), Paz Encina (Paraguay) and Eugenio Polgovsky (Mexico) receive grants to produce their low budget digital projects. The other categories, including script development and postproduction grants, will be announced in two weeks. Wang Bing’s CAI YOU RI JI (THE JOURNEY OF CRUDE OIL) documents in non...

Goteborg International Film Festival CineLink award

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Göteborg International Film Festival Fund awards CineLink project in SarajevoOne of the awards handed out last Friday at the co-production market CineLink, at the Sarajevo Film Festival, carried the name Göteborg International Film Festival Fund. This is only one of many new international co-operations initiated by the film fund this autumn. Other new partners are the organisations Cinergia in Costa Rica, Arcadia in Guatemala, Sud Écriture in Tunisia, and Manana Youth Center in Armenia. Alrea...

Rotterdam Festival line up

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The world premiere of La antena by Esteban Sapir from Argentina opens, Wednesday January 24, the 36th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Sapir’s film, supported by Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund, is screening in the festival’s Tiger Awards Competition. La antena is one of nineteen new Hubert Bals Fund supported films, including eight world premieres, in Official Selection. Festival Director Sandra den Hamer: “La antena is one of next season's most lovingly crafted and st...

Next Hubert Bals Fund Spring Selection of 39 projects

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Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund Spring Selection 2004 supports 39 film projectsIn the Spring 2004 Selection Round, the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) grants a total of Euro 525,000 (USD 642,000) to thirty-nine non-Western film-makers. Among the films receiving distribution grants are Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll's WHISKY (a former CineMart Project) and IFFR 2004 Competition discovery DAYS OF SANTIAGO. VISITING UNCLE IDRIZ, the opening film of the Sarajevo...

Cinemart goes to Cannes

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CineMart and Hubert Bals Fund linked titles selected for Cannes 2004Eight films linked to either or both IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund and CineMart have made it into the various Cannes 2004 programmes. This Cannes edition seven CineMart Projects have been selected and four films supported by the Hubert Bals Fund. Rotterdam supported films in Official Competition are LA NINA SANTA by Lucrecia Martel, TROPICAL MALADY by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and NOBODY KNOWS by Kore-Eda Hirokazu. The International F...

Anatomy of hell selected premiere at Rotterdam

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IFFR 2004 will screen the world premiere of famous French director Catherine Breillat's ANATOMY OF HELL (ANATOMIE DE L'ENFER) just prior to its release in France. This film is one of the highlights in a series of premieres of the upcoming Rotterdam edition. IFFR also announces the first seven titles selected for the 2004 VPRO Tiger Awards Competition. Two more filmmakers are honoured with a 'Filmmaker in Focus' programme: Ken Jacobs (USA) and Tunde Kelani (Nigeria).The following seven titles are...

HBF funds half a million € for non-western projects

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The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to bring remarkable or urgent feature films and feature length creative documentaries by innovative and talented filmmakers from developing countries closer to fulfillment. The HBF provides grants that often turn out to play a crucial role in enabling these filmmakers to realize their projects. In its Fall 2003 Selection Round, Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) of the International Film Festival Rotterdam grants a total of Euro 467,000 to twenty-eight non-Western film-maker...
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