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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.

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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.

Film stills from Diego Lerman's Refugiado and Lisandro Alonso's Jauja (aka Sin Título)

Two WCF supported films from Argentina will be presented at the Cannes Film Festival: Lisandro Alonso’s visionary Film Jauja (aka Sin Título) starring Danish actor Viggo Mortensen as main character will run in “Un certain Regard”; Diego Lerman’s Refugiado, which the director describes as “urban road movie and domestic thriller at the same time”, will premiere in the framework of the ”Director’s Fortnight”. Congratulations!

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

See: Programme and video recordings of the panels

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.


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