The IDFA Bertha Fund has supported six new documentary projects with €40,000 each through the IBF Europe - International Co-Production funding scheme, and one new project with €50,000 through the NFF + IBF Co-production scheme. The two programs aim to boost collaboration between independent European producers and producers in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and parts of Eastern Europe.
IBF Europe selection: female directors and low-production countries take center stage
This year, the Fund saw a marked increase in applications to the IBF Europe category, building on the steady momentum of applicants seen in recent years. The Fund is also happy to see a sizeable number of submitted projects from smaller production countries such as Poland, Latvia, and Ireland. Selected projects from these regions include the Lithuanian-Ukrainian co-production The Earth is Blue as an Orange, directed by Iryna Tsilyk.
Other highlights from this IBF Europe selection round include the influx of up-and-coming female filmmakers. This year, five out of the six selected projects are directed by women.
In addition, the Fund is pleased to welcome two African projects in the new selection. From the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Fund selects The Billion Dollar Road by Dieudo Hamadi, whose previous work screened at IDFA in addition to receiving support from the Fund. Zinder, the new project from emerging Nigerien filmmaker Aicha Macky, builds on the success of Macky’s first film The Fruitless Tree, which has been met with critical acclaim.
The Fund received a total of 36 eligible applications in this category.
NFF + IBF Co-production Scheme kicks off with first selection
Alongside the IBF Europe selection, this round marks the first selection for the newly minted NFF + IBF Co-production Scheme. Launched last year in collaboration with the Netherlands Film Fund, this funding category offers contributions for internationally co-produced projects that have previously been supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund and that have a Dutch co-producer on board.
For the first time, the Fund supports a documentary project together with the NFF: Smog Director by Chinese director Han Ming. With the NFF + IBF Co-production Scheme opening up for applications again in 2020, the Fund looks forward to more applications in the coming year for this new funding category.
Selected projects: IBF Europe - International Co-production
The Billion Dollar Road, dir. Dieudo Hamadi. Co-production between Kiripifilms (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Les Films de l’Oeil Sauvage (France).
The Earth is Blue as an Orange, dir. Iryna Tsilyk. Co-production between Albatros Communicos (Ukraine) and Moonmakers (Lithuania).
The Golden Thread, dir. Nishtha Jain. Co-production between Raintree Films (India), Koleks doo DOKUDOM (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Taskovski Films London (United Kingdom).
Have a Nice Day!, dir. Tali Yankelevich. Co-production between Casa Redonda (Brazil), Good Company Pictures (Denmark), and Mão Direita (Brazil).
Radiograph of a Family, dir. Firouzeh Khosrovani. Co-production between Rainy Pictures (Iran) and Antipode Films (Norway).
Zinder, dir. Aicha Macky. Co-production between Tabous Production (Niger), Les films du Balibari (France) and Corso Films (Germany).
Selected project: NFF + IBF Co-production scheme
Smog Director, dir. Han Meng. Co-production between Hai Du (China), Muyi Salon (the Netherlands), NHK Enterprise (Japan), SonaFilm (South Korea).
Meet the jury
The IDFA Bertha Fund selection committee included Bianca Oana (Producer), Martha Orozco (Producer), Mikael Opstrup (Head of Studies, EDN), Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen (Head of Industry, IDFA) and Isabel Arrate Fernandez (Managing Director, IDFA Bertha Fund).
The IDFA Bertha Fund is accepting applications for the IBF Europe – Distribution of International Co-productions grant continuously until October 1. The IBF Europe – International Co-production grant and the IBF + NFF Co-production grant will open for entry again in 2020. Learn more about these funding categories here.
The IDFA Bertha Fund is supported by Bertha Foundation and Creative Europe Media.