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Berlinale World Cinema Fund-Day 2014

This year’s Berlinale World Cinema Fund-Day took place on February 12, 11:45-15:00.
Event location: Filmhaus, Potsdamer Str. 2, 10785 Berlin (4th Floor)

Programme:

11.45 pm

  • Welcome and News about the World Cinema Fund
    Dieter Kosslick, Festival Director
    Sonja Heinen & Vincenzo Bugno, World Cinema Fund
  • Short presentation of the WCF–IMCINE Award
    Jorge Sanchez, IMCINE (Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía)

12.00 noon – 1.00 pm

  • Panel 1: Forever young / Argentinian Cinema of the XXI century
    Artistic profile, content, production and co-operation strategies

    Guests:
    Celina Murga (Director La tercera orilla, Competition 2014, Argentina)
    Benjamin Naishtat (Director Historia del miedo, Competition 2014, Argentina)
    Diego Lerer (Film critic, Argentina)
    Hernan Musaluppi (Producer, Argentina)
    Peter Rommel (Producer, Germany)

    Moderation: Vincenzo Bugno / World Cinema Fund

Video of Panel 1: Forever young / Argentinian Cinema of the XXI century

1.00 – 2.00 pm

  • Panel 2: History and Innovation fit Together
    Retrieving film history in WCF countries: conditions, needs, technical solutions

    Guests:
    Chalida Uabumrunjit (Thai Film Archive)
    Frédéric Maire (Cinemateque Suisse)
    Lorna Tee (Producer, Malaysia / Hong Kong)
    Tamer El Said (Director, Curator / Egypt)
    Viola Shafik (Director, Film scholar / Egypt – Germany)

    Moderation: Vincenzo Bugno / World Cinema Fund

Video Panel 2: History and Innovation fit Together

2.00 – 3.00

  • Get Together / Meet & Eat (Light buffet lunch)

Read here about news and recent activities of the World Cinema Fund:

For the World Cinema Fund (WCF), 2013 proved to be an exceedingly successful year: the WCF-funded film Uroki Garmonii (Harmony Lessons) by Emir Baigazin took home the Silver Bear at the last Berlinale.

Also the Berlinale 2014 could not have got off to a better start. For the first time two WCF-funded films will be screening in the Competition: Celina Murga’s La tercera orilla (The Third Side of the River, Argentina / Germany / Netherlands), and Benjamin Naishtat’s directorial debut, Historia del miedo (History of Fear, Argentina / Uruguay / Germany / France).

Showing in Panorama is the German-Turkish production Kuzu (The Lamb) by Kutluğ Ataman; and in Forum, Chilla (40 Days of Silence) by Saodat Ismailova, co-produced by Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Netherlands, Germany and France.

WCF films undergo the same selection process as all other Berlinale films. They are not given preferential treatment and are free to screen wherever they want, i.e., they are not obliged to have their international premieres at the Berlinale.

Festival winners: Pelo Malo by Mariana Rondón (top) and Remote Control by Byamba Sakhya (bottom)

At the 19th session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF) jury, five new film projects were recommended for production funding as well as three for distribution funding.

Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 119 projects chosen from 2,135 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, and the Caucasus. All of the WCF films completed to date have screened at cinemas and/or in the programmes of noted international film festivals, demonstrating the initiative's worldwide success.
Among the recent international successes were festival winners in San Sebastián and Busan: The German-Mongolian co-production Remote Control by Byamba Sakhya received the New Currents Award at the 18th Busan Film Festival 2013, and the Venezuelan film Pelo Malo by Mariana Rondón was awarded the Golden Shell at this year's festival in San Sebastián.

Latest Jury Decisions

The WCF jury made their selection from 121 submissions from a total of 43 countries and awarded funds totalling 164,357.50 €. 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 managers Sonja Heinen and Vincenzo Bugno.


Production funding:

Los Hongos, director: Óscar Ruiz Navia (Colombia). Production: Burning Blue & Contravia Films, Colombia. Feature film. Funding: 30,000 €.

Benjamín o el Planetario, director: Carlos Machado Quintela (Cuba). Production: Rizoma, Argentina. German partner: M-Appeal. Feature film. Funding: 35,000 €.

Ejercicios de la Memoria, Regie: Paz Encina (Paraguay). Production: Autentika Film, Germany. Documentary. Funding: 35,000 €.

Te Prometo Anarquía, director: Julio Hernández Cordón (Guatemala). Production: Interior 13, Mexico. Feature film. Funding: 30,000 €.

In the Last Days of the City, director: Tamer El Said (Egypt). Production: Zero Production (Egypt). Documentary. Funding: 20,000 €.


Distribution funding:

Coming Forth by Day, director: Hala Lotfy (Egypt). German distributor: Arsenal für Film und Videokunst e.V. Release in Germany: November 14, 2013. Funding: 4,357.50 €.

Carne de Perro, director: Fernando Guzzoni (Chile). German distributor: déjà-vu film UG. Release in Germany: January 23, 2014. Funding: 5,000 €.

Workers, director: José Luís Valle (Mexico). German distributor: Bildkraft. Release in Germany: December 12, 2013. Funding: 5,000 €.

The WCF jury made their selection out of 130 submissions from a total of 48 countries and awarded production funds totalling 154,300 €. The jury members are film scholar and curator Viola Shafik (Germany/Egypt), documentary film producer Marta Andreu (Spain), distributor and producer Jan De Clercq (Belgium), and WCF project managers Sonja Heinen and Vincenzo Bugno.

Production funding:

Sin Título, director: Lisandro Alonso (Argentina). Production: 4L, Argentina. Feature film. Funding: 50,000 €

Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories, director: Di Phan Dang (Vietnam). Production: VBlock Media, Vietnam. Feature film. Funding: 40,000 €

Pelo Malo, director: Mariana Rondón (Venezuela). Production: Sudaca Films, Venezuela. Feature film. Funding: 30,000 €

The Valley, director: Ghassan Salhab (Lebanon). Production: unafilms, Germany. Feature film. Funding: 30,000 €

Distribution funding:

Fidai, director: Damien Ounouri (Algeria). Distributor: mec film
Release in Germany: May 13, 2013. Funding: 4,300 €

After Minister of State for Cultural and Media Affairs Bernd Neumann came on board as a main sponsor of the World Cinema Fund for 2012 and 2013, the Executive Board of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (KSB) decided, in late 2012, it would continue funding the WCF for another five years, beginning in 2014. Thus the existence of the WCF – founded in October 2004 as a joint initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival and the KSB, in cooperation with the Goethe Institut and with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office – has now been secured until 2018.

Contact

Project Management
Sonja Heinen

Vincenzo Bugno

Office Management
Linda Kirmse

Potsdamer Str. 5
10785 Berlin
phone +49 30 25920-516
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