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At the 21st jury session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), the jury recommended four new film projects for production funding and one work for distribution funding.

Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 124 projects chosen from 2,364 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 103 submissions from a total of 41 countries. They have awarded funding amounting to 157,000 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 managers Sonja Heinen and Vincenzo Bugno.

Production funding:

Samui Song, director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Thailand). Producer: Bluering Company Limited, Thailand. Feature film. Funding: 45,000 euros.

Flatland, director: Jenna Bass (South Africa). Producer: Proper Film, South Africa. Feature film. German partner: Flying Moon. Funding: 45,000 euros.

Siembra, director: Santiago Lozano and Ángela María Osorio (Colombia). Producer: Contravia Films, Colombia. Feature film. Funding: 30,000 euros.

Cocote, director: Nelson Carlos de los Santos (Dominican Republic). Producer: Guasabara Cine, Dominican Republic. Feature film. Funding: 30,000 euros.

Distribution funding:

Norte, director: Lav Díaz (The Philippines). German distributor: Grandfilm. Release in Germany: December 25, 2014. Funding: 7,000 euros.

Next Jury Session to Include WCF Europe

Thanks to the support of the European Commission’s Creative Europe sub-programme MEDIA, the World Cinema Fund launched the special funding project WCF Europe in October 2014. For the next two years, WCF Europe will supplement the existing programme of the World Cinema Fund and back further co-productions between European producers, and directors and producers from WCF regions and countries. The next deadline for submissions, which for the first time will include applications for WFC Europe, is February 26, 2015.

On its 10th anniversary, the World Cinema Fund (WCF) looks back at a successful and productive decade. Since its establishment, it has backed a total of 119 projects from 41 countries: it has granted production funds 84 times and given distribution funds to 35 films for release in German cinemas. In 2015, the WCF will expand its funding programme to include a special project: WCF Europe.

Founded in 2004, the WCF was initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin international Film Festival. It quickly established itself as one of the leading institutions in the field of international film funding for high-quality productions. In 2005, the Goethe-Institut came on board as cooperation partner and the German Federal Foreign Office stepped in to help cover administrative costs. As of 2015, the Foreign Office will increase its commitment and so become an additional main partner.

“When the German Federal Cultural Foundation launched the World Cinema Fund with the Berlin International Film Festival ten years ago, it quickly became clear that we would not be alone for long with our idea. And that’s exactly what happened: not only do the many outstanding international awards attest to the WCF’s high standards in production funding, but German cinema has also profited from its distribution funding programme. The World Cinema Fund is a success story: over the years it has grown and extended its reach. And for the time being, the Federal Cultural Foundation has secured its financing of the World Cinema Fund until 2018. The terms are good and will allow us to continue our work successfully,” says Hortensia Völckers, Artistic Director of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Alongside its funding activities, the WCF annually organises a “WCF Day” during the Berlinale. In panel discussions, film cultures and infrastructures in individual countries or regions are debated. Moreover, since 2007, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, there have been “Spotlights” with WCF-funded films and workshops in the funding regions. In 2011, the WCF also implemented two training courses in the field of sound and editing for contemporary film productions at so-called “WCF Factories” in Burundi and Burkina Faso.

Thanks to the support of the European Commission’s MEDIA sub-programme Creative Europe, the World Cinema Fund is expanding its portfolio and launching a special project for its 10th anniversary, titled WCF Europe.

In 2015 and 2016, WCF Europe will supplement the existing programme of the World Cinema Fund and back further co-productions between European producers, and directors and producers from WCF regions and countries. Applications may be submitted by European producers from MEDIA sub-programme countries and production firms in WCF Europe regions (WCF regions and countries, as well as the Ukraine, Belarus and Moldavia), that can document that they are already collaborating on their current project with a European partner.

Distribution funds will be granted to films that are being released jointly by three distributors: at least one must be from Europe and one from a WCF region or country. Funding for the coming two years will total 300,000 euros.

The Berlinale and its World Cinema Fund are also delighted that the German Federal Foreign has increased its commitment and is now involved as additional main partner.

“The WCF’s success is proof of its topicality, and commitment to world cinema and cultural diversity. We thank Hortensia Völckers and the Federal Cultural Foundation for backing us all these years. I would also like to welcome the German Federal Foreign Office on board as another important partner. Funds from the Foreign Office allow us to pursue the goal of contributing internationally to partner-based cooperations and co-productions. Many thanks to the Foreign Office for this,” comments Berlinale Director Berlinale Dieter Kosslick.

At the 20th jury session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), the jury recommended four new film projects for production funding and one work 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 2,261 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, and the Caucasus. 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. This past May two WCF-funded films were premiered at the international film festival in Cannes. Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja was shown in the “Un Certain Regard” section and won the FIPRESCI Prize. Diego Lerman’s Refugiado, also from Argentina, screened in the “Directors’ Fortnight” programme.

Latest Funding Recommendations

The WCF jury made their selection based on 126 submissions from a total of 43 countries. They have awarded funding amounting to 145,000 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 managers Sonja Heinen and Vincenzo Bugno.

Production funding:

Cemetery of Kings, director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand). Producer: Kick the Machine Films, Thailand. Feature film. German partner: The Match Factory. Funding: 30,000 euros.

Kalo Pothi, director: Min Bahadur Bham (Nepal). Producer: Mila Productions, Nepal. Feature film. Funding: 30,000 euros.

Black Sunshine, director: Akosua Adoma Owusu (Ghana). Producer: Piano, Mexico. Feature film. Funding: 40,000 euros.

Monos, director: Alejandro Landes/Alexis Dos Santos (Colombia /Argentina). Producer: No Franja S.A.S., Colombia. Feature film. German partner: Pandora Film. Funding: 40,000 euros.


Distribution funding:

The Amazing Catfish, director: Claudia Sainte-Luce (Mexico). German distributor: arsenal distribution. Release in Germany: July 10, 2014. Funding: 5,000 euros.

The Berlinale World Cinema Fund Day 2014 took place on February 12, 11:45-15:00.

See: Programme and video recordings of the panels

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