Today the IDFA Bertha Fund (IBF) is pleased to publish its 2019 activity report. Freely available as an online publication, the report presents an interactive overview of the IBF’s undertakings in the past calendar year, including the complete selection of supported films, all talent development and industry initiatives, and the year’s harvest of IBF-supported films at IDFA.
“Through presenting 15 films at IDFA, supporting 30 new projects, and offering ongoing cooperation with filmmakers, in 2019 the Fund was able to continue fulfilling its mission to create a space for free artistic expression as well as supporting and safeguarding critical and relevant filmmaking,” said Isabel Arrate Fernandez, Managing Director of the IBF.
Highlights of the report include five interviews with IBF-supported filmmakers, including Alyx Ayn Arumpac, director of Aswang and winner of the FIPRESCI Award in the IDFA Competition for First Appearance. The report also explores the success of the IBF-supported films that screened at IDFA 2019, such as Mehrdad Ouskouei’s Sunless Shadows, the festival’s opening film.
Finally, the publication presents a few historical moments for the IBF. 2019 marked the fifth year of the IBF Europe funding scheme, which aims to stimulate collaboration between European producers and producers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. The year also saw the first results of the IBF’s new collaboration with the Netherlands Film Fund, the premiere of Smog Town by Meng Hang at IDFA 2019.
In addition to reading about the successful distribution and outreach stories of IBF-supported films in their home countries and abroad, you can also learn more about how the IBF works, its wide range of talent development activities, and its network of global support for filmmakers.