Hubert Bals Fund Plus awards cash

Four Dutch production banners each receive $70,000

LONDON -- A quartet of Dutch production banners will each receive €50,000 ($70,000) from the Hubert Bals Fund Plus cashpool, a fund from the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Netherlands Film Fund.

Circe Films, IDTV Motel Films, Volya Films and Waterland Film have been selected by fund managers to co-produce four films from filmmakers from Turkey, Mexico, Argentina and Uzbekistan.

Seyfi Teoman's project "Our Grand Despair" from Turkey, "Los ultimos cristeros" (The Last Cristeros) from filmmaker Matias Meyer in Mexico, Milagros Mumenthaler's "Ausencias" (Absences) from Argentina and "40 kun chilla" (40 days of silence) by Saodat Ismailova, Uzbekistan have been selected.

The Hubert Bals Fund manager Iwana Chronis said: "Looking back on the last four years, the HBF Plus program can be considered a great success and we are happy to see so many of the supported films doing so well at international festivals."

Previous Bals' beneficiaries have gone on to secure Silver Bears in Berlin and this year there was a Cannes bow for "Los Viajes del Viento."

Chronis said it was good the fund "is encouraging an increasing number of Dutch film producers to get involved into projects by filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and parts of Eastern Europe, thereby creating new opportunities for both parties."

The Hubert Bals Fund Plus program, initiated in 2006, promotes international involvement of Dutch producers with films already supported by Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund.