IDFA Bertha Fund supports six European co-production projects

    The IDFA Bertha Fund has supported six new documentary projects with €40,000 each through the IBF Europe - International Co-Production funding scheme, aimed at boosting collaboration between independent European producers and producers in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and parts of Eastern Europe.

    The latest crop of IBF Europe-supported projects represents a rich and varied selection of documentaries made through a collaboration of partners around the world. The stories from Colombia, Argentina, Mali, Iran, Lebanon, and Syria, often told from a controversial standpoint, deal with topics of social relevance, fight for equality and justice, explore the power of media and art, reinterpret cultural phenomena, and give voice to the disadvantaged. Many of the projects are works by young and bold filmmakers who are not afraid to push formal boundaries and experiment with film language.

    Even though most of the awarded projects are the first or second feature-length documentaries by their directors, some of the filmmakers are well-acquainted with IDFA and the IBF.

    Argentina’s Manuel Abramovich, director of Pornomelancholia (pictured), took part in IDFA programs with Soldier in 2017 and The Queen in 2013. His project Cowboy Love was supported through the IBF Classic - Development scheme in 2019.

    Rami Farah, the Syrian filmmaker, actor, performer and director of On Screen Off Record, world-premiered his first feature-length film A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy in IDFA's Luminous section last year.

    Two of the selected projects took part in IDFAcademy Summer School 2019, and were also supported through the IBF Classic Project Development scheme: Embodied Chorus by Danielle Davie and Mohamad Sabbah, and Witnesses from the Shadows by Ousmane Samassekou.

    Selected projects: IBF Europe - International Co-production

    • Anhell69, dir. Theo Montoya. Co-production between Monogram Films (Romania), Desvio Visual (Colombia) and 996 Films (Argentina).
    • Cutting Through Rocks, dir. Sara Khaki and Mohammad Reza Eyni. Co-production between Inselfilm (Germany) and Gandom Production (Iran).
    • Embodied Chorus, dir. Mohamad Sabbah and Danielle Davie. Co-production between HEARTWAKE films (Germany), Madame Le Tapis (Lebanon) and Wildfang Films (Luxembourg).
    • On Screen Off Record, dir. Rami Farah. Co-production between Final Cut For Real (Denmark), OSOR (France), OSOR Palestine (Palestine).
    • Pornomelancholia, dir. Manuel Abramovich. Co-production between Dublin Films (France), Gema Films (Argentina), Desvia (Brazil) and Martfilms (Mexico).
    • Witnesses from the Shadows, dir. Ousmane Samassekou. Co-production between Les Films du Balibari (France), DS Productions (Mali) and STEPS (South Africa).

    Meet the jury

    The IDFA Bertha Fund selection committee for the IBF Europe - International Co-production scheme consisted of Steven Markowitz (Producer, Big World Cinema), Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen (Head of Industry, IDFA), Mikael Opstrup (Doc Developer), Liselot Verbrugge (Sales and Acquisitions, Deckert Distribution), 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, 2020. The IBF Europe – International Co-production grant will open for entry again in 2021. Learn more about these funding categories here.

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

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