Heidi Brandenburg & Mathew Orzel’s “When Two Worlds Collide” (ISA: Film Sales Company) is the story of an indigenous Peruvian man and his people, and of the fate of one of our
planet’s most valuable natural resources – the Amazon rain forest. The film, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is the
first-ever Peruvian recipient of a grant from the Institute.
It received a post-production grant from the Doha Film Institute following the Dubai International Film
Festival in the fall of 2015. The grants program is dedicated to supporting new cinematic talent, with a focus on first- and second-time filmmakers. And,
for the first time in its 11year history, filmmakers from Chile, Peru and Spain received funding from the program. Twenty-four of the projects
are from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, while six are from the rest of the world.
by Niles Atallah (Chile)
In 1860, a French lawyer dreamed of becoming the King of Patagonia – and he did just that. Or so it seemed.
As in several previous sessions of the grants program, powerful projects from Argentina secured funding. Milagros Mumenthaler’s Swiss/Argentinian film “The
Idea of a Lake” is about a photographer who undergoes a personal exploration of her past and the absence of her father while creating a book of her work,
while Maximiliano Schonfeld’s “The Black Frost” is a drama set on a plantation where a pernicious black frost threatens to devastate the countryside until
a mysterious woman arrives.
The 30 projects, comprising 16 feature-length narrative films, 10 feature documentaries and 4 short films –received funding for development, production or
The fund is primarily for first and second-time filmmakers. Post-production funding is available to established filmmakers from the MENA region.
For more information about eligibility and submissions, please visit
A full directory of past grant recipients is available to view at