The fund is looking for documentaries that use strong visual treatments to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience.
Through IBF Europe Minority Co-production support, the IDFA Bertha Fund aims to encourage European producers (see MEDIA sub-program countries) to participate as co-producer in high-quality documentary projects by filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and Oceania (see IBF Europe Country List).
Specific attention will be paid to applications of European producers from countries with limited national co-production funding schemes, or from countries that are not yet fully involved in international co-productions.
IBF Europe is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union.
Changes since 2022:
Please read the Regulations below carefully to see if your project meets the basic criteria before filling out the entry form, which will be available through MyIDFA from February 17, 2023.
Applications to the IBF Europe Minority Co-production support should correspond to the following criteria:
The memo-deal needs to contain detailed provisions on the following aspects:
All submissions will be evaluated within 3 months after the deadline. The end of May, a selection committee will meet to decide on the final selection and the complete selection will be announced shortly thereafter. Please note that within six months of selection of a project, 50% of the financing should be in place.
Once a project is selected the applicant has the obligation to mention the IDFA Bertha Fund Europe by means of a logo provided by the fund in the credits of the documentary and all publicity material.
For more information on the selection procedure, assessments and contracts, click here.
The IDFA Bertha Fund is supported by Bertha Foundation, Creative Europe Media, JustFilms / Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Netherlands Film Fund, ASN Foundation and Special Friends+.