Country Focus: Belgium
The Hubert Bals Fund supports ten new projects
by Vitor Pinto
- In its spring 2015 round, the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) of the International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected eight projects to receive script and project development grants up to an amount of €80,000. In addition, two projects from Turkey and Nepal, respectively co-produced by Dutch companies Topkapi Films and Waterland Film, have also been selected for the first round of the Netherlands Film Fund + HBF Co-Production Scheme 2015.
The eight projects selected for script and development support are Saodat Ismailova’s Barzagh (Uzbekistan), Kaouther Ben Hania’s Beauty and the Dogs (Tunisia), Santiago Loza’s Brief Story from the Green Planet (Argentina), Maya Da-Rin’s The Fever (Brazil), Hugo Gimenez’s Killing the Dead (Paraguay), Alice Furtado’s Sick Sick Sick (Brazil), Ali Jaberansari’s Tehran: City of Love (Iran) and Ju Anqi’s The Three Missing Policemen (China).
Furthermore, two Dutch co-productions will receive production grants of €50,000, provided by the Netherlands Film Fund. White Sun [+see also:
film profile], the second film by Nepalese director Deepak Rauniyar, is a co-production between Aadi Production (Nepal), Louverture Films (USA) and Waterland Film (the Netherlands). Something Useful is the third feature by Istanbul-born director Pelin Esmer, whose previous films, 10 to 11 [+see also:
film profile] and Watchtower [+see also:
film profile], were shown at the IFFR. The Dutch outfit Topkapi Films is co-producing it, along with Mars Prodüksiyon (Turkey), Sinefilm (Turkey) and Les Films de L'Après-Midi (France).
Established in 1989, the HBF aims to offer financial support to feature-length projects originating from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe. Over 1,000 films have been supported so far.