After an intensive selection round, the IDFA Bertha Fund (IBF) is delighted to announce the results of the IBF Classic grant program. The Fund has awarded a total of € 110,000 to nine documentary projects: two in the project development category, and seven in the production and post-production category. 220 applications from 70 different countries were submitted.
As the IDFA Bertha Fund’s longest running grant, the IBF Classic has offered development and production support to filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and parts of Eastern Europe since 1998. Now in its second decade, the Fund welcomes a new slate of international filmmakers into its roster with the latest IBF Classic selection.
The next generation of documentary talent has proved itself a force to be reckoned with in the new selection. Hassen Ferhani, Algerian director of The Kingdom of Malika, was previously supported by the Fund for his first feature-length film Roundabout in My Head, a title which also won the IDFA Special Jury Award for First Appearance in 2015. Argentinian filmmaker Manuel Abramovich emerges with the exciting new project Cowboy Love, his latest title since screening Soldado at IDFA 2017. Other emerging filmmakers to watch include Iryna Tsilyk from Ukraine, whose project The Earth Is Blue as an Orange participated in IDFAcademy Summer School last year, plus newcomers Venice C. Atienza from the Philippines and Asmae El Moudir from Morocco.
Supporting filmmakers' careers
The new IBF Classic selection also features several established filmmakers, many of whom have enjoyed a considerable history with IDFA and the IBF. Iranian director Mehrdad Oskouei pitched at IDFA Forum with his project Sunless Shadows (with the working title The Revisited) in 2018, adding to his long list of titles previously screened at IDFA and supported by the Fund. Congolese filmmaker Dieudo Hamadi is known to IDFA and the IBF for his film Mama Colonel, among others, which screened in IDFA 2017’s Best of Fests program after receiving production support from the IBF in 2014. Zhao Liang, the Chinese filmmaker behind the IBF-supported Behemoth (IDFA 2015 Masters program), also returns to the IBF selection now with his new project Pandora’s Box.
IBF Classic: the complete selection
The complete IBF Classic selection in this round is as follows:
IBF Classic - Development
- Cowboy Love, dir. Manuel Abramovich (Argentina)
- The Mother of All Lies, dir. Asmae El Moudir (Morocco)
IBF Classic - Production & Post-production
- The Earth Is Blue as an Orange, dir. Iryna Tsilyk (Ukraine)
- En route pour le milliard, dir. Dieudo Hamadi (Democractic Republic of the Congo)
- The Kingdom of Malika, dir. Hassen Ferhani (Algeria)
- Pandora's Box, dir. Zhao Liang (Hong Kong)
- Sunless Shadows, dir. Mehrdad Oskouei (Iran)
- Then They Would be Gone, dir. Maheen Zia (Pakistan)
- Under the Stars, dir. Venice C. Atienza (Philippines)
Meet the jury
The IBF Classic selection committee included jury members Alex Szalat (former CEO, ARTE France), Rebecca Lichtenfeld (Director, Social Impact Media at Bertha Philanthropies), María Campaña Ramia (Programmer, Ambulante Documentary Film Festival; Program Advisor, IDFA and Encuentros del Otro Cine 'EDOC'), Orwa Nyrabia (Artistic Director, IDFA) and Isabel Arrate Fernandez (Managing Director, IDFA Bertha Fund).
The IBF Classic grant will open for entry again on May 1, 2019, with the next application deadline on June 10. Learn more about the funding category here.
Film still: Cowboy Love, dir. Manuel Abramovich.