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World Cinema Fund Grants Announced

World Cinema Fund Grants Announced

The World Cinema Fund has handed out coin from its annual budget of 500,000 € which includes operations!

At the 12th session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF) jury on July 4 selected three new film projects 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 €

The Prize, director: Paula Markovitch ♀ (Argentina), producer: Kung Works, Mexico. Feature film. Funding: 50,000 €

I’m Going To Change My Name, director: Mariya Saakyan ♀ (Armenia), producer: Anniko Films, Armenia. Feature film. Funding: 50,000 €

The Female Factor: 2 out of 3 = 66.6% Hooray! Interesting that the selection committee itself has 2 female members out of 5 members. Diversity is one of the goals of WCF. Its next spotlight will be in Durban, South Africa to encourage further diversification. I ♥ Berlin!

WCF-Spotlight in July on the Film Festival in Durban, South Africa

In 2007, the event series World Cinema Fund-Spotlight was created in cooperation with the Goethe Institute. Since the series’ inception, selected WCF-funded films have been presented at WCF-Spotlights in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Peru, Chile, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Armenia, Syria and the Philippines.

The next WCF-Spotlight will take place at the 31st Durban International Film Festival (July 22 – August 1, 2010). Films scheduled to be shown include the winner of the 2009 Berlinale Golden Bear, La teta asustada (The Milk of Sorrow) by Claudia Llosa and Gigante by Adrián Biniez. In addition to the film programme, there will be a WCF-Spotlight Case Study on Shirley Adams, the multiple award-winning film by South African director Oliver Hermanus.

The panel “Africa in Focus: Accessing the Funds” will provide the WCF and other international funding institutions an opportunity to introduce themselves to African filmmakers and producers in Durban.

WCF-funded film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives takes Palme d’or.

The Berlinale and World Cinema Fund (WCF) congratulate Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul on winning the Palme d’or in Cannes for his latest film.

Loong Boonmee Raleuk Chaat (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), which received support from the WCF, took home the top prize at the festival on May 23, 2010.
In the Semaine de la critique section, another WCF-funded film – Bi, Don’t Be Afraid by Vietnamese director Phan Dang Di – won the SACD Prize for Best Screenplay and the ACID/CCAS Support Award.

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