Global Film Picks 9 for Spring '05 Funding
by Eugene Hernandez
Nine filmmakers have been selected by Global Film Initiative to receive completion funds as part of the 2005 spring grant program. The non-profit film distribution outfit supports filmmakers from the developing world, this spring recognizing recipients in nine countries on four continents. The bi-annual grant program provides money for post-production costs, including lab fees, sound mixing and blow-up costs. Twenty-three filmmakers have been supported so far by the organization.
"Every corner of the world has a story to tell," said Susan Weeks Coulter, Chair of Global Film Initiative, in a statement. "As the gap between rich and poor becomes wider, The Global Film Initiative has emerged to promote cross-cultural understanding through the universal language of cinema. By offering grants, we not only support filmmakers, but also help to stimulate the local film community."
The Spring 2005 grant recipients are:
"99% Murdered," Esteban Schroeder (Chile/Uruguay)
"Asleep in the Sun," Alejandro Chomski (Argentina)
"Dark Legend," Zhang Ming (China)
"The Gaze," Sepideh Farsi (Iran)
"To Get To Heaven First You To Die," Djamshed Usmonov (Tajikistan)
"I Am From Titov Veles," Teona Mitevska (Macedonia)
"Nasreen," Sabine El Gemayel (Lebanon)
"The Scared Lake," Zéka Laplaine (Congo/Senegal)
"Waiting," Rashid Masharawi (Palestine)
"I am honored to be recognized by The Global Film Initiative. As a filmmaker in Argentina, we face deepening challenges to bring our films to a wider audience, not to speak of the everyday struggle of just getting a film done," said Alejandro Chomski (pictured), director of "Asleep In The Sun," in a statement. "Support such as this is paramount for us independent film makers."
The next submission deadline for funding is September 15, 2005.
[ For more information, please visit: http://www.globalfilm.org. ]