IDFA Bertha Fund selects 12 projects for IBF Classic

    The fund has picked six projects in the development and production and post-production categories each, from 305 eligible applications. They will be awarded a total of €130,500. The selection includes six first feature-length films, as well as new projects by filmmakers who took part in IDFA programs in previous editions.

    A different perspective

    Overall, what stood out in the projects submitted for the June 2021 round is a younger generation of filmmakers who reflect on their societies from a different perspective. Among these are the extremely timely Palestinian project No Other Land by Basel El-Adara, Rachel Shor, Hamdan Balal and Yuval Abraham; Welded Together (pictured on top) by Belarus' Anastasiya Miroshnichenko, whose Debut world-premiered in IDFA's Competition for First Appearance in 2017; Paraguayan filmmaker Juan José Pereira's Under the Flags, the Sun; Attachment by Mamadou Khouma Gueye from Senegal; and Lana Daher's Do You Love Me from Lebanon which was selected for IDFA Project Space 2020 and IBF Classic - Development in 2019.

    Previously supported projects

    Other projects that were previously supported through the IBF Classic - Development scheme, all of them in 2020, include Where Are We Headed by Belarus director Ruslan Fedotow (Salamanca, Songs for Kit), Land of Women by Egypt's Nada Riyadh and Ayman El Amir (Happily Ever After), and Colombian directors Simon Hernandez Estrada and Liliana Andrade's Under Her Skin.

    Supporting experienced and early-career filmmakers

    Among the more experienced filmmakers, IBF Classic is supporting Manifest by Russia's Andrey Gryazev (The Foundation Pit), in addition to Miroshnichenko and Fedotow, who is back with his first feature after a number of successful shorts and mid-length films. Other selected first feature-length projects are Laure Basombrio's The Souls (Argentina), Alejandro Alonso's The Star (Cuba), as well as the aforementioned Attachment, Under the Flags, the Sun, and Do You Love Me.

    IBF Classic: the complete selection

    IBF Classic - Development

    IBF Classic - Production & Post-production

    Selection committee

    The IBF Classic selection committee included Jorge Caballero (Director & Producer, Gusano Films), Adrian Kawaley-Lathan (Creative Director, Bertha Foundation), Alex Szalat (President, Docs Up Fund), Jia Zhao (Producer, Muyi Film/Silk Road Film Salon) and Isabel Arrate Fernandez (Deputy Director, IDFA & Managing Director, IDFA Bertha Fund).

    The IDFA Bertha Fund

    Operating since 1998, the IBF Classic is the flagship grant program of the IDFA Bertha Fund, providing development and (post-)production support to filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

    The IBF Classic grant will open for entry again on October 29, with the next application deadline on December 10. Learn more about the funding category here.

    We are also continuously accepting applications for the IBF Europe – Distribution category until October 1. Learn more about the funding category here.

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

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