IDFA Bertha Fund supports 8 new projects through IBF Classic

    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

    IBF Classic - Production & Post-production

    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.

    The IDFA Bertha Fund is supported by Bertha Foundation and Creative Europe Media.

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