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IDFA Launches New Fund to Support Documentaries From Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Asia

IDFA Launches New Fund to Support Documentaries From Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Asia

The IDFA Bertha Fund [of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam] is launching a new program: IDFA Bertha Fund – Europe. The new program will support the production and distribution of documentaries realized thru co-productions between European producers and producers from developing countries.

The new program will run next to the classic support program, which has been providing filmmakers in Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, Latin America and parts of Eastern Europe with funding for project development, production and post-production since 1998.

IDFA Bertha Fund – Europe will offer support through two different categories to feature-length creative documentaries from Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, Latin America and parts of Eastern Europe, that use a strong visual treatment to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience.

In 2015 support for international co-productions will be offered to producers from EU countries that are coproducing with producers from countries on the DAC list. By bringing together the network and experience of IDFA Bertha Fund, IDFA and its markets, the program aims to create synergy between producers from different continents and backgrounds with mutual benefits.

In the second year of the program, 2016, support will be available for the distribution of documentaries from developing countries with international potential and that are made through European coproduction. By creating a space for innovative plans that will be carried out in addition to traditional distribution, the program wants to stimulate experiment, the implementation of new means of distribution and the exchange of best practices.

This new program has been made possible with the support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union. The program will run for two years. The deadline for International co-production is February 1, 2015 and for Distribution of International Co-production is February 1, 2016. 

Full regulations and guidelines are available here. For questions please contact Isabel Arrate Fernandez at isabel@idfa.nl. 

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