Rotterdam: IFFR 2017 — Hubert Bals Fund, Europe Summer selection announced
Hubert Bals Fund backs four projects with HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support this summer.
HBF is proud to announce its 2017 selection for its HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support scheme. Represented by co-producers from Sweden, Germany, France and the Netherlands, four promising projects from Colombia, South-Africa, Palestine and Brazil have been awarded a contribution of €55,000 each. The selection includes projects from both first and second time filmmakers.
Head of IFFR PRO, Marit van den Elshout, on the selection: “The HBF+Europe programme – supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union – gives the Hubert Bals Fund the opportunity to step into projects that are well-developed and will go into production soon. With the help of a selection committee consisting of great experts from the field, we were able to select four very interesting projects by talents from different parts of the world, each offering us a distinct story and style of its own. We look forward to seeing the results in the near future and are proud to contribute to such remarkable and promising projects.”
The 2017 selection includes the following projects:
Nathalie Álvarez Mésens first feature film Clara Sola, is a powerful coming-of-age story of a woman, Clara, and her journey to break free from social and religious oppression. Ciudad Lunar (Colombia), the award winning production company of Oscar nominated El Abrazo de la Serpiente, produces the film in co-production with the Swedish producer Hob AB, who receives the HBF+Europe grant, and the Danish production company Snowglobe Film.
With Flatland South-African talent Jenna Cato Bass makes a Western on three women who embark on a journey of self-discovery in the Karoo semi-desert. Bass is known for her short film The Tunnel, which screened at more than 30 film festivals (a.o. Sundance and the Berlinale), and for her debut feature film Love the One You Love, which impressed at festivals world wide. With her producer David Horler of Proper Film she participated in the Rotterdam Lab 2016.
Memory House is the debut feature film of the successful Brazilian short filmmaker João Paulo Miranda Maria. It tells the story of a Brazilian factory worker from the rural Northeast who works in the cold and inhospitable South. When he discovers a mysterious abandoned house, he reconnects with his primitive roots. Memory House is produced by Bossa Nova Films (Brazil) in co-production with Maneki Films (Bang Gang, A modern Love Story) from France.
In The Reports on Sarah and Saleem the affaire of a married Palestinian man and a married Israeli woman in Jerusalem takes a dangerous political dimension when they are spotted in the wrong place at the wrong time leaving them to deal with more than their broken marriages. It is the second feature by Palestinian filmmaker Muayad Alayan, whose earlier film Love, Theft and Other Entanglements screened at the Berlinale in 2015. The promising project previously received HBF Script and Project Development support and was selected for the Netherlands Film Fund+Hubert Bals Fund Coproduction scheme. PalCine Productions (Palestine), produces the film in co-production with KeyFilm (the Netherlands), Still Moving Films (France), Manderley Films (Germany), Storm Films (Norway) and Mono Films (Mexico). Dutch producer KeyFilm receives the HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production support for this project.