IDFA Bertha Fund Application Categories

    Applications to the IDFA Bertha Fund can be made in a variety of different funding categories. In all categories, the Fund is looking for films that use strong visual treatments to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience.

    IBF Classic offers development and production support to filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. IBF Europe aims to stimulate the collaboration between independent European producers and producers from the above regions.

    IBF Classic – Project Development

    Contributions for project development during the early phase play a crucial role in starting up a project. The maximum contribution for project development is €5,000. A contribution for project development can be spent on research, the development of the screenplay and/or the production of a trailer. Applications have to be submitted by a director or producer from a country on the IBF Classic Country List and the contribution must be spent in a country on this list as well.

    Next deadlines: December 10, 2019 & June 10, 2020. Read the regulations. The entry form for the next selection round will be available end of October.

    IBF Classic – Production & Post-production

    Financial support for production and post-production allows filmmakers to actual realize their projects. The maximum contribution for production & post-production is €17,500. These contributions can be spent on all forms of production and post-production, from filming and editing to making the documentaries suitable for screening in cinemas, on television and at international festivals. Applications have to be submitted by a director or producer from a country on the IBF Classic Country List and the contribution must be spent in a country on this list as well.

    Next deadlines: December 10, 2019 & June 10, 2020. Read the regulations. The entry form for the next selection round will be available end of October.

    IBF Europe – International Co-production

    This category caters to documentary projects in all stages of production that have a director from a country on the IBF Europe Country List that are realized through international co-productions between at least one European and one non-European producer. The maximum contribution per project is €40,000. The application has to be submitted by the European co-producer and should involve a creative element (i.e. a key crew member or post-production service) from Europe.

    Next deadline: April 1, 2020. Read the regulations.

    IBF Europe – Distribution of International Co-productions

    This category is designed to support innovative distribution plans for documentaries realized through international co-productions between at least one European and one non-European producer. The maximum contribution per project is €30,000. Distribution plans should seek to reach a broad global audience. Financing is made available for plans that make use of both innovative means of distribution and more traditional distribution forms.

    The Fund is accepting applications until December 1, 2019. Read the regulations.

    NFF + IBF Co-production Scheme

    Contributions for the realization of an international documentary co-production. Projects which have previously received a contribution for development or production from the IDFA Bertha Fund are eligible. The maximum contribution per project is €50,000. Applications must be submitted by the Dutch co-producer through the Netherlands Film Fund (NFF) website.

    Next deadline: March 3, 2020. To read more about the regulations, go directly to the NFF website.

    The IDFA Bertha Fund is supported by Bertha Foundation, Creative Europe Media, ASN Bank, and The Netherlands Film Fund.