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IDFA Bertha Fund introduces European program


- The new program will support the production and distribution of documentaries realized through co-productions between European producers and producers from developing countries.

IDFA Bertha Fund introduces European program

The IDFA Bertha Fund, formerly known as the Jan Vrijman Fund, supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. This year, the program is launching a new program: IDFA Bertha Fund – Europe.

IDFA Bertha Fund – Europe will offer support through two different categories to feature-length creative documentaries by filmmakers from Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, Latin America and parts of Eastern Europe (Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine), that use a strong visual treatment to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience.

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In 2015 support for international co-productions will be offered to producers from EU countries that are coproducing with producers from countries on the DAC list. By bringing together the network and experience of IDFA Bertha Fund, IDFA and its markets, the program aims to create synergy between producers from different continents and backgrounds with mutual benefits.

In the second year of the program, 2016, support will be available for the distribution of documentaries from developing countries with international potential and that are made through European coproduction. By creating a space for innovative plans that will be carried out in addition to traditional distribution, the program wants to stimulate experiment, the implementation of new means of distribution and the exchange of best practices.

The new program has been made possible with the support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union. The program will run for two years. The deadline for International co-production is February 1, 2015 and for Distribution of International Co-production is February 1, 2016.  

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