About the IDFA Bertha Fund

    The IDFA Bertha Fund is the only fund in the world dedicated solely to stimulating and empowering the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.

    What we do

    By supporting both documentary filmmakers and organisations that promote documentaries, the IDFA Bertha Fund (formerly known as the Jan Vrijman Fund) enables documentary professionals to find their own unique voice. The Fund not only provides financial support to realize this endeavour, but also facilitates access to consultancies, training and the documentary industry.

    Since its inception in 1998, the IDFA Bertha Fund has supported more than 600 projects. Because the selection criteria are so rigorous, based as they are on a project’s originality, cinematic quality and market potential, the support of the Fund is generally considered to be a seal of approval. The Fund's involvement in a project often attracts additional finance.

    Documentaries supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund express the artistic vision of filmmakers and vary greatly in themes, narrative and visual style. Supported films range from a philosophical filmic essay to documentaries dealing with pressing social issues.

    IDFA Bertha Fund Harvest

    Each year, IDFA screens a large part of the year's harvest of completed films supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund. These may be selected in Competition or in the sections Panorama, Masters or Best of Fests. We also work with numerous international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlinale, Thessaloniki, Locarno, Toronto and Pusan, to screen the films that have received IDFA Bertha Fund support.

    The Bertha Foundation dreams of a more just world and supports forms of activism that aim to bring about change. They champion those using media, law and enterprise as tools to achieve their vision. By investing in the IDFA Bertha Fund the Foundation makes it possible for the fund to carry on supporting filmmakers and documentaries that make a difference.



    Department phone number:
    +31 (0)20 2620768  

    Managing director: 
    Isabel Arrate Fernandez  

    Project Manager: 
    Mélanie de Vocht 

    IDFA Bertha Fund / Stichting Jan Vrijman Fonds
    RSIN: 807966642

    Financial information can be found in the annual Activity Report. Read the 2017 Activity Report.