IDFA Bertha Fund supports 13 new projects

    The IDFA Bertha Fund has concluded its May 2017 selection round. Seven documentary projects from countries like Rwanda, Syria and India will be supported through the fund's classic scheme. For the IBF Europe category another six projects are selected, among which are The Last Guardian, an Hungarian-Bhutanese co-production and Obstinate, a co-production between Afghanistan and France which was pitched at IDFA Forum last year.

    For the May 2017 IBF Classic selection round, the fund considered 321 projects from over 60 different countries. In total, an amount of €75.000 was granted to 7 projects. The committee selected three projects for script and project development and four projects for production and post-production.

    For IBF Europe, the fund held a selection round for the International Co-production Support category. The fund considered 22 projects from 11 different MEDIA sub-program countries. All projects in these categories have a director in a developing country and are realized through international co-productions in which at least one European and one non-European producer is involved. In total, an amount of €240.000 was granted to 6 projects.

    For the May selection round of 2017, the selection committee for IBF Europe: International Co-production support consisted of Peter Jaeger (CEO, Jaeger Creative), Gema Juarez Allen (producer Gema Films, Argentina), Uldis Cekulis (producer VFS Films, Latvia), Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen (Head of Industry IDFA, the Netherlands) and Isabel Arrate Fernandez (manager IDFA Bertha Fund, the Netherlands).

    The selection committee for IBF Classic consisted of Don Edkins (producer Steps International, South Africa), Stefan Kloos (producer Kloos & Co. Medien, Germany), Palmyre Badinier (producer Les Films de Zayna, France) and Isabel Arrate Fernandez.

    Selected projects

    IBF Classic: Project Development

    • Topsoil by Amelia Umuhire, Rwanda

    • Slave Garden by Abhra Aich, India

    • A New Dawn by Priscila Padilla Farfan, Colombia

    IBF Classic: Production and Postproduction

    • Past, Continuous by Nishtha Jain, India

    • Behind Closed Doors by Yakout Elhababi, Morocco

    • Testament by Zippy Kimundu & Meena Nanji, Kenya

    • Anonymous project, Syria

    IBF Europe: International Co-production

    • A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy by Rami Farah, co-production between SHASHAT Multimedia Productions (Jordan), Final Cut for Real (Denmark) and OSOR (France).

    • The Last Guardian by Arun Bhattarai & Dorottya Zurbo, co-production between Sound Pictures (Bhutan) and Éclipse Film (Hungary)

    • Obstinate by Sahra Mosawi, co-production between Afghanistan Doc House (Afghanistan) and Les Films du Tambour de Soie (France)

    • Dream Away by Marouan Omara & Johanna Domke, co-production between Fig Leaf Studios (Egypt) and Monokel (Germany)

    • Buddha in Africa by Nicole Schafer, co-production between Thinking Strings Media (South Africa) and Momento Film (Sweden)

    • The Elves’ Tower by Polina Kelm, co-production between MaGiKa Film Company (Ukraine) and Filmstudio Everest (Poland)


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