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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...

Dutch presence in Cannes

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The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, principal financier of the Hubert Bals Fund, wants the Rotterdam film festival’s fund to continue its activities. Initially the Ministry rejected the fund’s subsidy application for 2009-2012, causing a direct threat to the fund’s existence. Maintaining its strong presence in Cannes, the Rotterdam film festival has seven films linked to the Hubert Bals Fund and CineMart in Cannes festival sections. >From the Official Competition, 4 months, 3 Weeks a...

Sandra den Hamer leaves Rotterdam

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Sandra den Hamer leaves the International Film Festival Rotterdam to become, as of September 1, 2007 Director of the Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Den Hamer has been involved in the festival organisation since 1986. One of the best attended cultural events in The Netherlands, the festival is well known internationally for its selective programming and for its CineMart and Hubert Bals Fund. The Board of the Rotterdam Film Festival, chaired by Melle Daamen, director of the Stadssc...

New appointments in Rotterdam Film Festival staff

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam has appointed Bianca Taal to lead the festival’s Hubert Bals Fund as current fund manager Marianne Bhalotra steps down. Marit van den Elshout continues to head the festival’s CineMart. Bianca Taal started working for the Rotterdam festival in 2000 as CineMart and Hubert Bals Fund staff member. In 2005, Taal and Van den Elshout became co-heads of CineMart. The past years, Taal became increasingly involved in selecting projects for the Hubert Bals Fu...

Rotterdam Film Festival Winners

Friday, February 9----Four films shared the top Festival prizes at the Rotterdam Film Festival, which ended its 36th edition this past Sunday. Top winners of the VPRO Tiger Awards include: LOVE CONQUERS ALL (Tan Chui Mui, Malaysia), THE UNPOLISHED (Pia Marais, Germany), BOGS OF BEASTS (Baixo Des Bestas, Brazil) and AFR (Morten Hartz Kapler, Denmark). Each winner received a 10,000 Euro cash prize, as well as a guaranteed broadcast by Dutch public television network VPRO. In other prizes, FOURT...

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...

Impressive 358,000 visits to Rotterdam Festival

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The 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam attracted the same number of visitors as in 2005. The organisation registered 358,000 admissions to its films, exhibitions, debates, talkshows and other festival events. The festival closed on Sunday, 5 February 2006, with the Volkskrantdag. Together with the Holland Festival, the festival is organising a summer edition from Thursday 15 through Sunday 18 June 2006. The 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam will take place from Wednesday 24 Janu...

International Film Festival Rotterdam kicked off

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the International Film Festival Rotterdam has taken the initiative to create the Hubert Bals Fund Plus!, aimed at offering Dutch producers an opportunity to participate more in international film projects. The Netherlands Film Fund has made two hundred thousand euros available for the finance of co-productions with films awarded by the HBF for 2006. During the next Holland Festival (June 2-25, 2006 in Amsterdam), IFFR will be presenting a limited summer edition, June 15 – 18, of the film festi...

VPRO Tiger awards granted to first or second filmmakers

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During the IFFR 2005 Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 4, 2005 in Concert and Congress Centre 'de Doelen' in Rotterdam, the winning films of the 34th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three VPRO Tiger Awards were granted to Nemmeno il Destino (Changing Destiny) by Daniele Gaglianone from Italy, El Ciero Gira (The Sky Turns) by Mercedes Alvarez from Spain and the Hubert Bals Fund supported 4 by Ilya Khrzhanovsky from Russia. VPRO Tiger Awards Fourteen films by first or s...

Ilya Khrzhanovsky gets Golden Cactus

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VPRO Tiger Award candidate Ilya Khrzhanovsky gets Golden CactusThe Golden Cactus, the first Theo van Gogh Award for Maverick Film Makers, goes to Ilya Khrzhanovsky. The Russian filmmaker's feature film début 4 is selected in VPRO Tiger Awards Competition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. 4 is supported by the IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund. The Golden Cactus Award was handed over to the filmmaker, prior to the screen premiere of 06/05 by Theo van Gogh, by 06/05 principal actors Tara Elders...

14 selected for Rotterdam's VPRO Tiger Awards

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Fourteen films selected for Rotterdam's VPRO Tiger Awards CompetitionThe International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected fourteen films for the VPRO Tiger Awards Competition of its 34th edition which will open next January 26. The Competition line up counts four world premieres, four international premieres and four European premieres. Three titles were supported by the IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund and one title was previously selected as CineMart Project. Three competition titles have been acquir...

Belorussian censor interferes with Moscow fest

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Belarussian censors attempt to block Moscow Competition screenings of MYSTERIUM OCCUPATIONThe Belarussian Ministry of Culture has by official letter requested its Russian counterpart to remove MYSTERIUM OCCUPATION, a gripping Second World War film trilogy by Belarussian director Andrei Kudinenko, from the new 'Perspectives' Competition programme of the Moscow International Film Festival (June 18-27). MYSTERIUM OCCUPATION, up for its first Moscow festival screening June 23, is banned from cinemas...

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...

Rotterdam awards En Route, The Missing and Summer...

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33rd International Film Festival RotterdamWednesday, January 21 - Sunday, February 1, 2004During the IFFR 2004 Awards Ceremony on Friday, January 30, 2004 in Concert and Congress Centre 'de Doelen' in Rotterdam, the winning films of the 33rd International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three VPRO Tiger Awards were granted to BU JIAN (THE MISSING) by Lee Kang-sheng from Taiwan, UNTERWEGS (EN ROUTE) by Jan Krüger from Germany and the Hubert Bals Fund supported LJETO U ZLATNOJ DOLNINI...

Large French Filmmaker quota at Rotterdam

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The French cinema is represented at the 33st International Film Festival Rotterdam with a remarkable number of films. Catherine Breillat has chosen Rotterdam as the festival for the world premiere of ANATOMIE DE L'ENFER. This will take place on January 23rd.Breillat's ROMANCE also received its world premiere in Rotterdam. A selection of 'Photogrammes' from ANATOMIE DE L'ENFER by Breillat will be presented at the RAM Gallery in Rotterdam. Festival regular Raul Ruiz is a Filmmaker in Focus with m...

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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