Give a voice to filmmakers in developing countries

A temperamental character, the eternal search for finance, an unexpected turn of events or footage that turns out to be unusable during editing. All problems that will be agonisingly familiar to every documentary maker. But what if you also have to deal with censorship, lack of equipment, characters that simply disappear, seizure of your camera and footage, or even putting your own life on the line simply by filming? Filmmakers in developing countries have even more mountains to move before they can get a documentary project off the ground.

For over 15 years now, the IDFA Bertha Fund (previously known as the Jan Vrijman Fund) has been supporting filmmakers from developing countries, helping their films to be made and screened and their stories to be heard, both in their own countries and abroad. Filmmakers with powerful and urgent stories to tell from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

You can support with a donation of any amount
All donations will go directly to filmmakers in Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East, so they can do research, start filming, hire equipment for editing or put the finishing touches of their documentaries.

The IDFA Bertha Fund really needs the support of international documentary lovers
From 2013, the finance received from the Dutch government has gradually disappeared. For this reason, the Fund is seeking international businesses and private individuals willing to support the Fund because they believe in the power of documentaries and documentary makers in developing countries.

Read more about the IDFA Bertha Fund and the supported projects here.

Please fill out the form below to give your support to documentaries in developing countries.

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