General

Can I apply for Project Development and Production with the same project at the same time?
You can not apply for Project Development and Production with the same project for the same selection round.

Can I apply for IBF Classic Production and IBF Europe Co-Production with the same project at the same time?
Yes, you can apply for both categories with the same project. The local director/producer can apply for production in the Classic scheme and the European co-producer can apply for co-production in the Europe scheme.

When should the application arrive?
All required documents and materials per category should be in our office on the day of the deadline at the latest.

How do I fill out the Entry Form?
• You can fill out the entry form in the MyIDFA section of our website. If you have registered before, you can login. If not, you first have to register. You will then receive a password by email. Go back to MyIDFA and login with your email address and password, then click on Accreditation & Entry forms. After that click on the brown box which says: create a new entry or accreditation. A list of possible entry forms will appear, please choose the IDFA Bertha Fund entry form.
• Once you have filled out the whole form, you can submit it at the bottom of the page.
• You can only submit the form if you have filled in all obligatory information.
• You can only submit the form once. If you find any inconsistencies in the form after submitting, please e-mail them to idfaberthafund@idfa.nl.

How do I send the requested materials?
• When you submit the entryform, we’ll receive it automatically.
• Links to Vimeo (with the password, if required) or Youtube can be filled out in the entryform OR can be send in an email to idfaberthafund@idfa.nl. If emailed separately, we still need the link on the day of the deadline at the latest.
• If you’re going to send a dvd, please send it to:
        IDFA Bertha Fund
        Att: Melanie de Vocht
        Frederiksplein 52
        1017 XN Amsterdam
        The Netherlands
• Additional documents for IBF Europe can be uploaded in MyIDFA through the ‘documents’ option.

What formats do you accept for a trailer, edited sequence, rough-cut or previous work?
• DVD (PAL or NTSC), NO HD DVD!
• A link to Vimeo or a link to Youtube. NO mov/avi or any other file which we have to download.
• NO Powerpoint presentations.
• NO mini-dv’s or dv-cams.
• DVD’s will not be returned.
• Please don’t send unedited rushes of your project. Most of the time they are not representative for the end result and are not helping your application. In the case you don’t have a trailer or rough-cut, make a selection of the material and try to make an edited sequence.
• For the category Project Development: please only send previous work or research material when it’s related to the project you’re applying with.

When will I receive confirmation?
• Once your application is complete, we’ll send you a confirmation. Please note that it takes a while to process all the projects we receive, especially around the time of the deadlines.
• If we have questions or if we are missing any information, we will contact you, but please make sure your application is complete.

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.

IDFA Bertha Fund - Europe

Who is eligible to apply?
This category is for documentary projects that have a director from a developing country and are realized through international co-productions in which at least one European producer from a MEDIA sub-program country and one non-European producer from a country on the DAC-list is involved. The application has to be submitted by the European co-producer and should involve a creative element, like a key crewmember or postproduction service, from Europe.

What possibilities are there for producers from countries that are on the DAC-list and also participate in Eurimages?
Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Georgia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey are on the DAC-list and also part of Eurimages. Therefore, they do not qualify as the coproduction partner from a country on the DAC-list.
Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro are non-EU member states that can participate in the Creative Europe Media Programme and therefore are eligible to apply for IDFA Bertha Fund – Europe (as the European co-producer). This also means that these countries do not qualify anymore to apply for IDFA Bertha Fund – Classic.
Georgia, Serbia and Turkey are non-EU member states that cannot participate in the Creative Europe Media Programme and therefore are not eligible for IDFA Bertha Fund – Europe. All three countries qualify to apply for IDFA Bertha Fund – Classic.
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia does qualify to apply for IDFA Bertha Fund – Classic.

If a project is by a director from Georgia, Former Yugoslav of Republic of Macedonia, Serbia or Turkey and is shot in one of these countries, this qualifies for IDFA Bertha Fund – Europe as long as the applicant is a producer based in the MEDIA sub-program countries and there is at least one producer in a country on the DAC-list that is not a member of Eurimages.

What kind of projects are eligible for IBF: Europe?
Eligible are:
• creative documentaries with a minimum length of 60 minutes with international distribution potential
• documentary projects in the production phase
• documentary projects finalized no later than in 2016
• documentary projects to be shot in one of the countries as defined on the DAC-list
• documentary projects with a global marketing and distribution strategy

Before applying, please check the regulations carefully.

What are the selection criteria for IBF: Europe?
For more information on the selection procedure and contracts download this PDF.

Which forms do I have to fill out?
An entry form. 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.
IBF Europe project form, containing a paragraph from applicant producer explaining involvement in the project; story outline, complementing the information sent in the entry form; distribution strategy; production schedule; track record of the applicant producers and co-producer(s); finance plan, indicating the status of other funding sources.
• A complete production budget (fill out tab 1 + 2), using the Excel sheet which is available here.

Before applying, please check Submit your project carefully to see what other additional materials you will have to send to complete your application.

In which language can I send the application?
We need all applications in English.

When will the results of the selection be known?
Two months after the deadline of the selection round we will publish the results on the website and you will receive an email about the result of your project.

Other Activities

Who is eligible to apply?
The festival needs to take place in a country on the DAC list and organized by an organization based in a country on that list.

What kind of festivals does the Fund support?
In the category Other Activities the IDFA Bertha Fund is looking for documentary festivals which stimulate the documentary film climate in developing countries. Festivals that stimulate the exhibition and distribution of documentaries, the audience participation and that give professional support to filmmakers.

What are the selection criteria for Other Activities?
• Quality of the content of the event.
• The importance of the event.
• The situation of documentary production in the region or country.
• Preference will be given to documentary festivals from countries from the two left columns of the DAC list (the Least Developed Countries and Other Low Income Countries) or countries in conflict areas.

Which forms do I have to fill out?
• You need to complete an entry form, which contains the basic contact and project details.
• You need to complete a project form, which contains an introduction/background, the objectives of the festival, programme, partners, festival locations, target groups, publicity plan, organisation, quantative expectations, the budget and a finance plan. (Project forms will be available on the website when the next deadline is confirmed.)

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?
Two months after the deadline of the selection round we will publish the results on the website and you will receive an email about the result of your project.
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