Hubert Bals Fund supports 25 films

Film projects from 19 countries get cash

AMSTERDAM -- The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF), part of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, announced Thursday financial contributions to 25 film projects in 19 countries for a total amount of 362,500 euros ($466,000).

The projects include new films by independent filmmakers Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pablo Larrain, Rodrigo Moreno, Raya Martin, Tariq Teguia and Sinisa Dragin as well as many projects by first time filmmakers.

About thirty new films supported by the HBF will be selected for the upcoming 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam, including those that picked up top prizes during the fall 2008 festival season. These have included: Venice, San Sebastian, Vancouver, Rio de Janeiro and Pusan, where Haile Gerima (“Teza”), Yesim Ustaoglu (“Pandora’s Box”), Emily Tang (“Perfect Life”), Matheus Nachtergaele (“The Dead Girl’s Feast”) and Yang Jin (“Er Dong”) took home awards or special mentions. All filmmakers are expected to present their works during the next Rotterdam edition.
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