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DAILY NEWS: Hubert Bals Fund Projects and Ft. Lauderdale Winners

DAILY NEWS: Hubert Bals Fund Projects and Ft. Lauderdale Winners

DAILY NEWS: Hubert Bals Fund Projects and Ft. Lauderdale Winners

by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

>> Rotterdam’s Bals Fund Announces Fall Slate

(indieWIRE: 11.14.02) — The International Film Festival Rotterdam‘s Hubert
Bals Fund
has announced funding for its autumn round of projects. Twenty-three
films have been selected for support with a total of 330,000 Euros in grants
are being presented to non-Western filmmakers.

Selected for script and project development are: Esteban Sapir‘s “La Antena
(Argentina), Idrissou Mora Kpai‘s “Arlit” (Benin), Nacer Khemir‘s “Bab Aziz” (Tunisia), Gabriel Lichtmann‘s “Judios en el Espacio” (Argentina), Atef Hetata‘s “Al Manfah” (Egypt), Julian Giulianelli‘s “Puentes” (Argentina), Sadiq Barmak‘s “Rangin Kaman” (Afghanistan”), Carlos Morelli‘s “Set” (Peru), Diego Lerman‘s “Tal Vez” (Argentina), Alicia Scherson‘s “El Vestidor” (Chile), Bourlem Guerdjou‘s “Zaina” (France/Morocco), and Rafael Conde‘s
Ze” (Brazil).

Post-production projects are: Kiko Goifman‘s “33” (Brazil), Ilya
‘s “4” (Russia), Yu Lik-Wai‘s “Ah Ying” (China), Santiago Loza‘s “Grieta” (Argentina), Martin Rejtman‘s “Los Guantes Magicos” (Argentina), Zeka Laplaine‘s “Le Jardin de Papa” (Congo), Pen-ek Ratanaruang‘s “Last Life in the Universe” (Thailand), Andrei Kudinenko‘s “Mysterium Occupation” (Belarus), and Sulev Keedus‘ “Somnanbulance” (Estonia). Tanvir Mokammel‘s “Lalsalu” (Bangladesh) was selected in the distribution section and the Tanzania Short Film Project was chosen in the training and workshops category.

During the 2003 Interational Film Festival Rotterdam (January 22 – February 2)
the event will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the fund. Organizers have
announced plans to screen a number of new fund-supported projects, including
Divine Intervention,” “Madame Sata,” and others. Tributes to the fund,
including screenings, will be held next Spring at MoMA in New York and
the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. [Eugene Hernandez]

>> Italians and French Win in Ft. Lauderdale

(indieWIRE: 11.14.02) — Bertrand Tavernier‘s “Laissez-Passer,” about
artists who join the French Resistance during World War II, won three big
prizes over the weekend at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival,
taking the best film, best director, and best screenplay jury prizes. The
festival announced the winners of its long event, although festival
screenings continue for another two weeks. In the president’s awards
section, Italian director Alessandro D’ Alatri‘s marital trouble film,
Casomai” won both best drama and best foreign language awards while
Honeyboy” by Scott L. Taradash, about Mississippi Delta Blues musician
David “Honeyboy” Edwards, took the award for best documentary.

Best American indie went to “New Suit” by Francois Velle, about an aspiring screenwriter who dupes Hollywood into buzzing over a script. French
filmmaker Coline Serreau took the most original screenplay and the
president’s grand prize awards for “Chaos.” The film centers on a couple,
who ditch an injured Algerian prostitute but speed away with evidence of her
presence in their car. The Ft. Lauderdale fest is one of the world’s longest
film events, beginning this year on October 18 with screenings extending
through November 24. [Brian Brooks]

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