IDFA Bertha Fund grants record amount in new IBF Classic selection

    The IDFA Bertha Fund is delighted to announce it has selected eleven projects for IBF Classic, the Fund’s flagship grant program for documentary projects in development, production, and post-production. Of the 268 eligible submissions this round, four are selected for development support and seven for (post-)production support, resulting in a total granted amount of €205,000. As announced late last year, the new amount marks the beginning of the Fund’s increased support for filmmakers, in which more projects will receive larger grants.

    Highlights of the selection include the much-anticipated new project by Nistha Jain (Gulabi Gang, Lakshmi and Me, City of Photos), sophomore features by rising filmmakers Alyx Ayn Arumpac (Aswang) and María Silvia Esteve (Silvia), and a slew of debut features from emerging talents worldwide.

    Notable themes include participatory filmmaking that blurs the lines between director and protagonist, as characters claim more agency over their own representation, even interrogating the medium of film itself (Mailin, Something there is that does not Love). Other projects tell inspirational, lesser-heard stories of political figures and activists (Matryoshka, Farming the Revolution), while still others turn to memory and witnessing as vehicles for making sense of the past (Monsoon, The Living Room War, Regarding Memory and Neglect).

    The selection also represents a wide regional spread, with projects coming out of Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

    Selected projects: IBF Classic – Development

    The Bamboo Family, dir. Sein Lyan Tun (Myanmar)
    Monsoon, dir. Alyx Ayn Arumpac (Philippines)
    The Living Room War, dir. Thy Nguyen (Vietnam)
    Something there is that does not Love, dir. Arya Amber Lalloo (South Africa)

    Selected projects: IBF Classic – Production & Post-production

    Farming the Revolution, dir. Nishtha Jain (India)
    Mailin, dir. María Silvia Esteve (Argentina)
    Matryoshka, dir. Maricarmen Merino (Costa Rica, Mexico)
    Ozogoche, dir. Joe H. Silva (Ecuador)
    Regarding Memory and Neglect, dir. Ricardo Martensen (Brazil)
    Queendom, dir. Agniia Galdanova (Russia)
    Anonymous project

    Selection committee

    The IBF Classic selection committee included María Campaña Ramia (Programmer, IDFA), Adrian Kawaley-Lathan (Creative Director, Bertha Foundation), Radu Stancu (Producer, deFilm), Rada Šešić (filmmaker, festival programmer, and documentary consultant) and Isabel Arrate Fernandez (Deputy Director, IDFA & Managing Director, IDFA Bertha Fund).

    Upcoming deadlines

    The IBF Classic grant will open for submissions again on May 1, with the next application deadline on June 10. Learn more about the funding category here.

    Pictured on top: Mailin by María Silvia Esteve.

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


    The IDFA Bertha Fund to support more projects with higher amounts through IBF Classic

    • News
    • November 10, 2021
    • The staff

    This website uses cookies.

    By using cookies we can measure how our site is used, how it can be further improved and to personalize the content of online advertisements.

     here everything about our cookie policy. If you choose to decline, we only place functional and analytical cookies