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Nader And Simin, A Separation by Asghar Farhadi

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This year’s Berlinale World Cinema Fund-Day will take place on February 17, 10.30 am - 3.00 pm.
Event location: Filmhaus, Potsdamer Str. 2, 10785 Berlin (4th Floor)
The programme can be found here.

Cemetery of Splendour by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

At the 23rd jury session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), the jury recommended contributing to the funding of ten film projects.

Four film projects – from Myanmar, Turkey, Chad and Senegal - were suggested for production funding. In addition, distribution funding was recommended for the German cinema release of a film from Venezuela.
Within the framework of the WCF Europe programme, production funding was proposed for projects from Brazil, Argentina and Chile. A distribution funding recommendation for cinema releases in Hungary, Portugal and Brazil went to a film from Thailand.

Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 140 projects chosen from 2,624 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, the Caucasus, as well as from the countries Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. All WCF-funded films produced to date have screened in cinemas and/or the programmes of renowned international film festivals, and are evidence of the initiative’s worldwide success.

Latest Funding Recommendations

The WCF jury made their selection based on 120 submissions from a total of 47 countries. Their funding recommendations amount to 314,000 euros. The jury members are film scholar and curator Viola Shafik (Germany / Egypt), documentary producer Marta Andreu (Spain), distributor and producer Jan De Clercq (Belgium), and WCF project manager Vincenzo Bugno.

WCF production funding:

The Road to Mandalay, director: Midi Z (Myanmar). Producer: Myanmar Montage Productions (Myanmar). Feature film. Funding: 30,000 euros.

Something Useful, director: Pelin Esmer (Turkey). Producer: Mars Production (Turkey) and Mitosfilm (Germany). Feature film. Funding: 40,000 euros.

The Waiting Bench, director: Suhaib Gasmelbari (Sudan). Producer: Goï Goï Productions (Chad). Documentary. Funding: 30,000 euros.

Felicity, director: Alain Gomis (Senegal). Producer: Cinekap (Senegal). Feature film. Funding: 40,000 euros.

WCF distribution funding:

Pelo Malo (Bad Hair), director: Mariana Rondón (Venezuela). German distributor: imFilm Agentur + Verleih. Feature film. Release in Germany: 2016. Funding: 9,000 euros.

WCF Europe

Within the framework of the WCF Europe programme, which has been made possible by additional financing from the European Commission’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme, the WCF recommends funding the production of the following projects:

Pendular, director: Julia Murat (Brazil). Producer: Still Moving (France) and Esquina (Brazil). Feature film. Funding: 20,000 euros.

Paintings in the Dark, director: Paula Markovitch (Argentina). Producer: Staron-Film (Poland) and Rizoma (Argentina). Feature film. Funding: 45,000 euros.

A cidade onde envelheço, director: Marilia Rocha (Brazil). Producer: Terratreme (Portugal) and Anavilhana (Brazil). Feature film. Funding: 30,000 euros.

Jesus, director: Fernando Guzzoni (Chile). Producer: unafilms (Germany) and Rampante Films (Chile). Feature film. Funding: 40,000 euros.

Distribution funding:

Cemetery of Splendour, director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand). Distributors: Cirko Film (Hungary), Mida Filmes (Portugal), Zeta Filmes Ltda. (Brazil). Feature film. Funding: 30,000 euros.
Release in Hungary: December 10, 2015; Portugal: March 10, 2016; Brazil: March 10, 2016.

At the 22nd jury session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), the jury suggested contributing to the production funding of four new film projects. Two more recommendations for funding in the category of production were announced within the scope of the supplementary WCF Europe programme.

Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 130 projects chosen from 2,500 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, the Caucasus, as well as from the countries Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. All WCF-funded films produced to date have screened in cinemas and / or the programmes of renowned international film festivals, and are evidence of the initiative’s worldwide success.

Latest Funding Recommendations

The WCF jury made their selection based on 131 submissions from a total of 48 countries. The recommendations for funding amount to 220,000 euros. The jury members are film scholar and curator Viola Shafik (Germany / Egypt), documentary producer Marta Andreu (Spain), distributor and producer Jan De Clercq (Belgium) and WCF project manager Vincenzo Bugno.

Production funding:

Madmen’s Fort, director: Narimane Mari (Algeria). Producer: Allers Retours Films (Algeria). Feature film. Funding: 40,000 euros.

The Eternals, director: Nader Takmil Homayoun (Iran). Producer: In Good Company GmbH (Germany). Feature film. Funding: 50,000 euros.

Time was Endless, director: Sérgio Andrade and Fabio Baldo (Brazil). Producer: Rio Tãruma Filmes (Brazil). Feature film. Funding: 30,000 euros.

Hunting Season, director: Natalia Garagiola (Argentina). Producer: Rei Cine (Argentina). Feature film. Funding: 30,000 euros.

WCF Europe

Within the framework of the WCF Europe programme, which has been made possible by additional financing from the European Commission’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme, the WCF recommends funding the production of the following projects:

Tramontane, director: Vatche Boulghoujian (Lebanon). Producer: Le Boureau Films (France) and Abbout Productions (Lebanon). Feature film. Funding: 40,000 euros.

Oscuro Animal, director: Felipe Guerrero (Colombia). Producer: Gema Films (Argentina), Boo Productions (Greece), Mutokino (Colombia), Viking Film (Netherlands), Sutor Kolonko (Germany). Feature film. Funding: 30,000 euros.

With WCF on Demand, the World Cinema Fund is making ten WCF funded films available to worldwide* audiences via video on demand for the first time.

The platform launches on February 11, 2015, during the WCF Day at the 65th Berlinale.

The World Cinema Fund hopes that this platform will bring greater visibility to the films they have supported, providing access to them in countries and regions where they might otherwise never be seen in theatres, on television or in other VOD services.

These films can be streamed for a small fee, and all proceeds go directly to the film rights holders of the film viewed.

The following films are available through WCF on Demand:

Enjoy the show on: wcf-on-demand.berlinale.de

*Due to licensing restrictions, unfortunately not all films can be streamed worldwide.

This project is a cooperation between the German Federal Foundation for Culture and the World Cinema Fund of the Berlin International Film Festival.

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Sonja Heinen

Vincenzo Bugno

Office Management
Isona Admetlla

Administration Assistant - Funded Projects
Antje Glawe

WCF Europe Programme
Linda Kirmse

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10785 Berlin
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