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Hubert Bals Fund Announces Spring 2015 and NFF+HBF Selections

Hubert Bals Fund Announces Spring 2015 and NFF+HBF Selections

The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) of the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) has selected eight film projects from seven countries across Africa, Asia, Latin
America and the Middle East to receive script and project development grants totaling €80,000.

Two film projects from Turkey and Nepal, produced by Topkapi Films and Waterland Film have been selected for the first round of The Netherlands Film Fund +
Hubert Bals Fund Coproduction Scheme 2015.

Hubert Bals Fund Spring 2015 selection

In its Spring 2015 selection round, the HBF supports eight outstanding film projects with a contribution towards their script and project development,
among which four projects from first-time feature filmmakers (Alice Furtado, Maya Da-Rin, Hugo Gimenez and Kaouther Ben Hania) and four projects directed
by women: “Sick Sick Sick,” “The Fever,” “Beauty and the Dogs” and “Barzagh.”

Other highlights include a new project by Santiago Loza: “Brief Story from the Green Planet.”Loza’s debut film “Extraño” (2003) was supported by HBF and won a
Tiger Award at IFFR 2003. In 2006 he returned to IFFR with “4 Mujeres Descalzas,” which was also supported by HBF and presented at CineMart in 2004.

“Three Missing Policemen” is the new film by Chinese director Ju Anqi, whose film “Poet on a Business Trip” had its world premiere at IFFR 2015, winning the
NETPAC Award. Following the events in the lives of three policemen, the film shows the rapid changes in Chinese society within the last three decades.

Alice Furtado’s short “Duel Before Nightfall” was shown at IFFR in 2012. Now the HBF supports her first feature “Sick Sick Sick,” a physical and heartbreaking
genre defying love story between two teenagers.

Two international co-productions supported by HBF+NFF

Two film projects, coproduced by Topkapi Films and Waterland Film, have been selected for the first round of the NFF+HBF Coproduction Scheme 2015. The
projects will receive production grants of € 50.000, provided by the Netherlands Film Fund. Topkapi Films coproduces “Something Useful” by Pelin Esmer
(Turkey), Waterland Film coproduces “White Sun” by Deepak Rauniyar (Nepal).

“Something Useful is Pelin Esmer’s third feature film. The project received HBF Script & Project Development support in 2014. Her previous films “10 to
11″ and “Watchtower” both screened at IFFR.

“Something Useful”

is produced by Mars Prodüksiyon (Turkey) and coproduced by SinefilM (Turkey), Les Films de L’Après-Midi (France) and Topkapi Films (The Netherlands).

“White Sun,” Nepali director Deepak Rauniyar’s second feature film, was supported by HBF for Script & Project Development in 2013 and was subsequently
selected for the Boost! coaching trajectory, a joint initiative of IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund, CineMart, the Binger Filmlab and the National Film Development
Corporation of India.

“White Sun”

is produced by Aadi Production (Nepal), Louverture Films (USA) and is coproduced by Waterland Film (The Netherlands).

HBF Script & Project Development Spring 2015 Selection

“Barzagh” – Saodat Ismailova, Uzbekistan

“Beauty and the Dogs” – Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia

“Brief Story from the Green Planet” – Santiago Loza, Argentina

“The Fever” – Maya Da-Rin, Brazil

“Killing the Dead” – Hugo Gimenez, Paraguay

“Sick Sick Sick” – Alice Furtado, Brazil

“Tehran: City of Love” – Ali Jaberansari, Iran

“The Three Missing Policemen” – Ju Anqi, China

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.

Projects selected for The Netherlands Film Fund + Hubert Bals Fund Coproduction Scheme:

“White Sun” – Deepak Rauniyar, Nepal

“Something Useful” – Pelin Esmer, Turkey

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