IDFA Bertha Fund - Classic
Who is eligible to apply?
A producer or filmmaker attached to the project. Projects without a producer will also be accepted. The filmmaker and the producer must meet the requirements stated below.
Requirements for the filmmaker:
• The filmmaker must have the nationality of a developing country and must also live and work in a developing country by which we mean a country on the DAC-list
• The fund supports both starting and experienced filmmakers.
Requirements for the producer/organiser:
• The producer must be based in a developing country
• If a producer from a non-DAC country is attached to the project, it is also necessary for a producer from a developing country to be involved. (In this case, we need a co-production agreement after being pre-selected.)
• The application to the fund should be made by the producer in the developing country.
What kind of projects does the Fund support?
The IDFA Bertha Fund is looking for creative documentaries. In a creative documentary, the director gives form to his or her subjective vision of reality in a creative manner. Please read more about creative documentaries in IDFA’s Mission Statement
. We do not apply rigid criteria, but judge each project on its own merits.
What are the selection criteria for documentary projects?
• Quality of the content of the documentary
• Cinematic qualities of the project
• Originality of the idea, the subject, the story, or the perspective towards the subject or story
• Importance of the subject
• Quality of the visual material sent with the project
• The situation of documentary production in the region or country
• Previous work of the director
Which forms do I have to fill out?
For the IBF Classic categories it will only be necessary to complete an entry form on MyIDFA
for the deadline. In addition to basic contact and project details, the entry form includes a synopsis (max. 400 words), a biography and a project description (max. 1,100 words). A project description can include background information, details about protagonists, information about access to protagonists and locations, visual approach, director’s statement, etc.
Only after being preselected, it will be necessary to complete an extra form, which will be sent by email after the pre-selection. This form includes the following:
• production plan (What are you going to do with the contribution and a time schedule for the whole production of the planned documentary)
• extensive budget
• finance plan (how are you going to finance the total budget)
• On which items are you going to spend the contribution
• How can the fund give extra support to improve the project? (contacts, advice, mentors etcetera)
• Co-production agreement (only when a production company of a non-DAC list country is attached to the project)
• Optional: max 1 page with extra information about the content of the project if not yet provided in the entryform. (for example more information on characters or background etcetera)
In which language can I send the application?
We need all applications in English, except applications from francophone Africa and Haïti, which can be in French.
When will the results of the selection be known?
A pre-selection committee will evaluate all submissions and will make a pre-selection within 20 days after the deadline. The applicants of the pre-selected projects will receive a more extensive application form, which must be completed and returned within a week! If applicants do not comply with this requirement, projects will be automatically rejected. The pre-selection form includes among others an extensive budget, finance plan and production schedule. These applications will then be sent to the final selection committee, whose findings will be announced two months after the deadline.