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Hubert Bals Fund Announces Fall 2015 and Second round NFF+ HBF Selections

Hubert Bals Fund Announces Fall 2015 and Second round NFF+ HBF Selections

The Hubert Bals Fund of the
International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected fourteen film
projects from countries across
Africa, Asia, Latin America and the
Middle East to receive grants in the categories HBF Script & Project
and HBF Postproduction, totalling €
175,000. The selected films include the latest project by acclaimed Iranian auteur Mohammad Rasoulof

Two film projects from Argentina,
produced by Viking Film and Topkapi Films, have been selected for the
second round of the
Netherlands Film Fund + Hubert Bals

Coproduction Scheme 2015.

HBF Script & Project Development selection
In its Fall 2015 selection round, the
HBF supported eight projects with a Script and Project Development
grant, selected from
259 applications. The selection includes
four first or second projects by filmmakers Sorayos Prapapan, Gym
Lumbera, Shahram
Mokri and Liu Shu, and new projects by
four award-winning filmmakers.

“Arnold Is a Model Student,” Sorayos Prapapan, Thailand

“Kékszakállú,” Gastón Solnicki, Argentina

“Lotus Position,” Liu Shu, China

“The Mysteries of Taal: A Philippine Volcano and Lake, Her Sea Life and Lost Towns,” Gym Lumbera, Philippines

“Over the City,” Emir Baigazin, Kazakhstan

“Wine Sediment,” Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran

“Yellow Apples,” Shahram Mokri, Iran

“Antigone,” Pedro González-Rubio, Mexico

HBF Postproduction selection

The Hubert Bals Fund supported six films
with a Postproduction grant, selected from 65 applications. Three
filmmakers’ first
fiction feature films were selected: “Hedi” by Mohamed Ben Attia, “Suspension” by Ala Eddine Slim
and Alba by Ana Cristina Barragan. Also awarded with a HBF Postproduction grant are: “La flor”
by Mariano Llinás, “Era o Hotel Cambridge” by Eliane Caffé and “Burning Birds” by former IFFR
Tiger Awards nominee Sanjeewa Pushkumara.

“Alba,” Ana Cristina Barragan, Ecuador

“Burning Birds,” Sanjeewa Pushpakumara, Sri Lanka

“Era o Hotel Cambridge,” Eliane Caffé, Brazil

“Hedi,” Mohamed Ben Attia, Tunisia

“La flor,” Mariano Llinás, Argentina

“Suspension,” Ala Eddine Slim, Tunisia

NFF+HBF Coproduction Scheme 2015 selection

The Netherlands Film Fund and the Hubert
Bals Fund have selected two Argentinian film projects in the Fall 2015
round of its
joint NFF+HBF Coproduction Scheme: “Rojo” by Benjamin Naishtat, coproduced by Dutch producer Viking Film and “La cama” by Mónica Lairana, coproduced by Dutch producer Topkapi Films. These two projects will receive a
production contribution of €50,000 from the Netherlands Film Fund.

Viking Film
will coproduce “Rojo,” Benjamin Naishtat’s third feature film. Earlier films of this filmmaker include ” Historia del miedo” (Competition Berlinale, 2014) and “El movimiento” (Competition Locarno,
Filmmakers of the Present, 2015). “Rojo
is set in Argentina in the 1970s, a country suffering from an
unprecedented wave of political
violence. In these dark times, an ordinary man sees his chances to hide a
very bad deed. The
film will be produced by Pucará Cine
(Argentina) and coproduced by Ecce Films (France), Sutor Kolonko
Filmproduktion (Germany)
, Desvia (Brazil) and Viking Film (The

Topkapi Films
will coproduce Mónica Lairana’s first feature film “La cama.” Laraina’s previous short films include “María” (2012), “Rosa” (2010), which both screened at IFFR. La cama
tells the story of Jorge (58) and Mabel (56) in the final day of their
relationship. We see them eat,
make love, cry and laugh, while
deconstructing their family home after 30 years of marriage. The film
will be produced by Rio
Abajo Producciones (Argentina) and
coproduced by Gema Films (Argentina), Adriana Yurkovich (Argentina) ,
Mónica Lairana
(Argentina) and Topkapi Films (The

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