At the 12th session of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF) jury on July 4, three new film projects were selected for production funding.
The WCF jury – film scholar and curator Viola Shafik (Germany/Egypt), programme coordinator of Swiss Television Alberto Chollet (Switzerland), dramaturge Alby James (England), as well as WCF project managers Sonja Heinen and Vincenzo Bugno – made their selection from 110 submissions from a total of 42 countries. They awarded funds totalling 130,000 euros to:
Death for Sale, director: Faouzi Ben Saidi (Morocco), producer: Agora Film, Morocco. Feature film. Funding: 30,000 O
The Prize, director: Paula Markovitch (Argentina), producer: Kung Works, Mexico. Feature film. Funding: 50,000 O
I’am Going To Change My Name, director: Maria Saakyan (Armenia), producer: Anniko Films, Armenia. Feature film. Funding: 50,000 O
Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 73 projects chosen from 1275 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and South East Asia, and the Caucasus. All of the WCF films completed so far have screened in cinemas and/or in the programmes of renowned international film festivals.
Submission deadline for the next round of funding is August 5, 2010.