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 practitioners in developing countries to find their own unique voice. The Fund not only provides financial support to realize this endeavour, but plays a crucial advisory role as well.
Since its inception in 1998, the IDFA Bertha Fund has supported more than 500 projects. Because the selection criteria are so rigorous, based as they are on a project’s originality, cinematic quality and market potential, Fund support 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 often tackle controversial issues in developing countries, dealing with themes like social and economic justice (or injustice), freedom of expression, human rights, poverty and education.
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
Isabel Arrate Fernandez
Mélanie de Vocht
Marloes den Hoed
IDFA Bertha Fund / Stichting Jan Vrijman Fonds
Financial information can be found in the annual Activity Report. Read the 2015 Activity Report.