Two additional projects receive funding through IDFA Bertha Fund Classic – Ukraine Support

    Thanks to extra funding from the Open Society Foundations, the IDFA Bertha Fund is delighted to select two additional projects for IBF Classic – Ukraine Support: The Elf’s Tower by Polina Kelm and Displaced by Olha Zhurba will receive a total amount of 45,000 euros in production and post-production support.

    Selected as part of the temporary funding scheme launched by the Fund last year, the two projects mark an important addition to the initial selection of seven Ukrainian titles. Both The Elf’s Tower and Displaced were submitted in response to the original call for projects.

    “Making the selection for IBF Classic – Ukraine Support was a difficult task because of the strength of many proposals that made it to the last stage. The selection committee felt strongly that more than seven should be supported, and we approached the Open Society Foundations to discuss the possibility of additional funding. Now, with a total of nine projects supported from this call, we look forward to supporting these filmmakers in bringing their films to light. We expect to see some of the films presented to an international audience already in 2023,” said Isabel Arrate Fernandez, Deputy Director of IDFA and Managing Director of the IDFA Bertha Fund.

    The selection committee members were Audrius Stonys, Yulia Serdyukova, Anna Gawlita, and Isabel Arrate Fernandez.

    Read more about the IBF Classic – Ukraine Support selection here.

    The Elf's Tower

    • Polina Kelm
    • 2021
    • 110 min

      Those who get into a mental health hospital strive to leave it as soon as possible. Having come here, Serhiy not only stays - he starts his own theatre, where patients play on the stage with amateur teens and even Serhiy's children. They all work together at staging the play written by one of the patients - The Elf’s Tower, with the protagonist - an elf.Entering the hospital, Serhiy saw there not just patients, but unique persons. His aim is to return them to the world, but firstly - to return them to themselves. But is it easy to be an elf in real life?

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      • Olha Zhurba
      • 2023
      • 90 min

        Displaced captures a collective portrait of Ukrainians fleeing the grindstones of war, and those who stayed and are forced to adapt to life under constant shelling.

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        The IBF is funding a groundbreaking 21 projects, including 7 from Ukraine

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        • September 26, 2022
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