IBF Europe: up to €30,000 available for distributing international co-productions

    There’s still time to apply for IBF Europe – Distribution of International Co-productions before the IDFA Bertha Fund sits for its April selection round. Get your applications in by March 15 to be considered.

    As the IDFA Bertha Fund ramps up for its spring selection meeting, the IBF Europe – Distribution of International Co-productions grant remains open for entry, anticipating a flood of promising applications by mid-March.

    Designed to support innovative distribution plans for documentaries realized through international co-productions, IBF Europe – Distribution of International Co-productions is open to films with at least one European and one non-European producer. Contributions range up to €30,000 per project. Plans that make use of both innovative and more traditional distribution means are welcome to apply, however, all applicants should seek to reach a broad global audience. Proposals should include at least 3 territories where the film will be screened.

    The ongoing call for applications builds on a slew of recent and upcoming cinema releases by IBF Europe-funded films across Europe and abroad. Amal (dir. Mohamed Siam, Egypt, Lebanon, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Qatar, 2017) is set to be released in France on February 20, with cinema releases in Lebanon and Switzerland to follow later this year. Dreamaway (dir. Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke, Germany, Egypt, 2018), having screened in Egyptian cinemas in January, will be released in Germany at the end of this week before hitting cinemas in France and Macedonia in the coming months. Both films were funded by IBF Europe – Distribution of International Co-productions with contributions of €30,000 each.

    In addition to the above, several films supported by the IBF Europe – International Co-production grant were met with critical acclaim following cinema releases in early 2019. Kabul, City in the Wind (dir. Aboozar Amini, Netherlands, Afghanistan, Japan, Germany, 2018) is currently showing in the Netherlands amidst overwhelmingly positive review from the Dutch press. Oscar contender Of Fathers and Sons (dir. Talal Derki, Germany, Syria, Lebanon, 2017) will see its German cinema release in March, having won the Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary in 2018.

    With these four IBF Europe-granted films meeting such success so early into the year, the IDFA Bertha Fund would like to extend its sincere congratulations to the filmmakers. Fund representatives hope the good news can serve to inspire qualifying documentary co-productions to apply for IBF Europe – Distribution of International Co-productions in the coming month.

    Read more about the funding category and start your application here. The Fund is accepting applications continuously until October 1, 2019.