Today the IDFA Bertha Fund is happy to present the latest IBF Classic selection. Concluding its winter selection round, the Fund has granted a total of €115,000 to eight documentary projects in development or (post-)production. Highlights include six female-directed projects, and two projects from Venezuela and Brazil.
The flagship grant program of the IDFA Bertha Fund (IBF), the IBF Classic offers development, production, and post-production support to filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
Support goes to eight production countries, including Brazil and Venezuela
In this round, the IBF is delighted to support eight creative documentary projects from eight different countries—14 different co-production countries—out of a total 232 applications. Particularly notable are Regarding Memory and Neglect (dir. Ricardo Martensen, Brazil) and Casas Muertas (dir. Rosana Matecki, Venezuela), two projects from countries with recently increased barriers to artistic freedom.
The new selection round marks the first time Martensen will receive funding from the IBF. Conversely, Matecki is well known to the IBF, having previously received funding for Los Viejos (2018) and Story of a Day (2009), among other titles.
IBF Classic: the complete selection
The complete IBF Classic selection in this round is as follows:
IBF Classic - Development
- Land of Women, dir. Nada Riyadh (Egypt)
- Regarding Memory and Neglect, dir. Ricardo Martensen (Brazil)
IBF Classic - Production & Post-production
- Between Two Wars, dir. Alina Gorlova (Ukraine, Latvia, Germany)
- Casas Muertas, dir. Rosana Matecki (Venezuela, Ecuador)
- How to Save a Dead Friend, dir. Marusya Syroechkovskaya (Russia, Sweden)
- The Mother of All Lies, dir. Asmae El Moudir (Morocco, France)
- Rising up at Night, dir. Nelson Makengo (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Belgium)
- Anonymous project
Meet the jury
The IBF Classic selection committee included jury members María Campaña Ramia (Programmer, Ambulante Documentary Film Festival; Associate programmer, IDFA; Program Advisor, Encuentros del Otro Cine 'EDOC'), Katja Draaijer (Producer, BALDR Film), Orwa Nyrabia (Artistic Director, IDFA) Alex Szalat (President, Docs Up Fund), and Isabel Arrate Fernandez (Managing Director, IDFA Bertha Fund).
Submit your documentary project to the IBF
The IDFA Bertha Fund is currently accepting applications for the IBF Europe – International Co-production funding category. The application deadline is April 1, 2020. Go to the call for submissions.
The IBF Classic funding category will open for entry again on May 1, 2020, with the next application deadline on June 10. Learn more about the category here.
Film still: Casas Muertas, dir. Rosana Matecki.