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Hubert Bals Fund Announces Fall 2014 and HBF Plus Selections

Hubert Bals Fund Announces Fall 2014 and HBF Plus Selections

The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has selected fourteen film projects from nine countries across Asia, Eastern
Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East to receive post-production, script and project development grants totaling €180,000. In its Fall 2014 selection
round, the HBF provides financial support to outstanding projects from nine established filmmakers, which this year includes award winning Ukrainian
filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s, and five first-time feature filmmakers. In addition, €100,000 has been awarded to OAK Motion Pictures and Viking Film
through Hubert Bals Fund Plus, whereby the Netherlands Film Fund provides the funding to Dutch producers who are co-producing a HBF supported film.

Script and project development

A script and project development grant can be used for the further development of the script or presentation of the project to financiers or other
potential partners at (international) co-production meetings or film festivals. Based on his 2012 short “Nuclear Waste,” Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s new feature film project
“The Luxembourg”
was selected for a grant in this category and tells a gripping tale of love and revenge set against the backdrop of Chernobyl’s nuclear wasteland.
Slaboshpytskiy’s previous film, The Tribe,” winner of the Grand Prix, Semaine de la Critique 2014, was also supported by the HBF and will screen in the Limelight section of IFFR 2015.

HBF has selected several projects by new and promising filmmakers in the script and project development category, including two debut feature films by
filmmakers who previously screened their short films at IFFR. Julia De Simone (Brazil), presented

in the IFFR 2014 Spectrum Shorts section and HBF is now providing financing for her debut feature,
“Corte Real,” a layered hybrid story of the history of slavery in Brazil. Argentinean director Mónica Lairana presented her short films at IFFR in 2010 (ROSA) and 2013
(MARIA) and her HBF-supported debut feature
La Cama

is an intimate and touching portrait of an aging married couple.

Fall 2014 projects selected for script and project development support:

  • A Young Executioner,” Li Luo, China
  • Corte Real,” Julia De Simone, Brazil
  • Diamond Island,” Davy Chou, Cambodia
  • La Cama,” Mónica Lairana, Argentina
  • Neonboy,” Marcio Reolon & Filipe Matzembacher, Brazil
  • Shanghai Youth,” Wang Bing, China
  • The Center of the Earth,” Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil
  • The Luxembourg,” Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine
  • The Uunfound (UFO),” Sattha Saengthon, Thailand
  • To All Naked Men” Bassam Chekhes, Syria


A post-production grant can be used for different activities in the post-production process varying from editing to sound mixing. Promising Peruvian
director and 2010 alumni of IFFR’s Trainee Project for Young Film Critics, Juan Daniel Fernández Molero, has been awarded a post-production grant for his
second feature Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes),” a modern and visually psychedelic take on youth culture in Lima. In total
four film projects have been selected to receive post-production grants and all are expected to join the recently completed HBF-supported films that have
been selected for IFFR 2015.

Fall 2014 projects selected for post-production support:

  • La Mujer de los Perros,” Laura Citarella & Verónica Llinás, Argentina
  • La Obra del Siglo,” Carlos Quintela, Cuba
  • Vanishing Point,” Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Thailand
  • Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes),” Juan Daniel Fernández Molero, Peru

Hubert Bals Fund Plus

Now in its ninth year, the successful Hubert Bals Fund Plus programme of The Netherlands Film Fund and IFFR gets Dutch producers involved in HBF-supported,
international co-productions. This Fall HBF Plus support is granted to OAK Motion Pictures for the realisation of “The Wound,” John
Trengove’s first feature film on the ritual circumcision of a teenage gay Xhosa boy in South Africa. The second grant goes to Viking Film for “Oscuro Animal” by Colombian filmmaker Felipe Guerrero, on the journey of three women forced to flee their homes following the
violent conflict in their region. HBF Plus has now supported five projects this year, including the three projects announced last May.

Fall 2014 projects selected for HBF Plus support:

  • The Wound,” John Trengove, South Africa. Produced by OAK Motion Pictures (The Netherlands), Urucu Media (South Africa), Sampek (France), and Salzgeber
  • Oscuro Animal,” Felipe Guerrero, Colombia. Produced by Viking Film (The Netherlands) mutokino (Colombia), GEMA Films (Argentina), and
    filmproduktion (Germany)

About the Hubert Bals Fund
: HBF is an initiative of International Film Festival Rotterdam. The Fund has been designed to offer financial support to remarkable and unique feature
films by talented filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe. Since its creation 25 years ago, over 1,000
projects from over 100 countries have received support from the HBF. As of 2015, the HBF provides support in the following funding categories:

  • HBF Script and Project Development (max. €10,000) – next deadline 1 March 2015
  • HBF Post-production (max. € 20,000) – next deadline 1 August 2015
  • HBF Plus – A minority co-production programme for Dutch producers- in collaboration with the Netherlands Film Fund (€ 50,000) – next deadline 1 April 2015
  • HBF+Europe – Minority co-production support (€ 55,000) – next deadline 1 April 2015
  • HBF+Europe – Distribution support for international co-productions (€ 20,000) – next deadline 1 September 2015

The HBF is funded by the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hivos, the Dioraphte Foundation,
the Tiger Friends Foundation and the Lions Club Rotterdam: L’Esprit du Temps.

Information about the Fund and the application procedures can be found via


International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival’s Tiger Awards
Competitions, Bright Future, Spectrum and Limelight sections contain new work by auteurs from all over the world including many World Premieres. In the
Signals section, IFFR presents retrospectives and themed programmes. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through numerous industry
initiatives including co-production market CineMart, its Hubert Bals Fund and Rotterdam Lab.

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