At the 11th session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF) jury on November 7, three new film projects were selected for production funding, and four films for distribution funding.
Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 70 projects chosen from 1165 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and South East Asia, and the Caucasus. All of the WCF films completed so far have screened in cinemas and/or in the programmes of renowned international film festivals - proof of the international success of the initiative, most recently the winner of this year´s Berlinale The Milk of Sorrow (La teta asustada), released in German cinemas on November 5.
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The WCF jury – film scholar and curator Viola Shafik (Germany/Egypt), programme coordinator of Swiss Television Alberto Chollet (Switzerland), dramaturge Alby James (England), as well as WCF project managers Sonja Heinen and Vincenzo Bugno – made their selection from 87 submissions from a total of 31 countries. They awarded funds totalling 185,500 euros to:
40 Days of Silence, director: Saodat Ismailova (Uzbekistan), producer: Rohfilm, Berlin. Feature film. Funding: 70,000 euros
The Slut, director: Hagar Ben Asher (Israel), producer: Transfax Film. German partner: Rohfilm, Berlin. Feature film. Funding: 50,000 euros
Out of Place (fuera de lugar), director: Diego Mondaca (Bolivia), producer: Pucara Films. Documentary. Funding: 30,000 euros
The Milk of Sorrow (La teta asustada), director: Claudia Llosa (Peru), producer: Vela Film, Peru, Wanda Film, Spain. German distributor: Neue Visionen. Feature film, Release in German cinemas: 5 November 2009. Funding: 10,000 euros
Autumn/Herbst, director: Özcan Alper (Turkey), producer: Kuzey Film Production, Turkey. German distributor: Filmfabrik. Feature film, Release in German cinemas: January 2010. Funding: 7,500 euros
Pandora’s Box, director: Yesim Ustaoglu (Turkey), producer: Ustaoglu Films, Turkey. German distributor: Kairos Film. Feature film, Release in German cinemas: 26 November 2009. Funding: 8,000 euros
Ajami, directors: Yaron Shani (Israel) & Scandar Copti (Palestine), producer: Inosan Productions, Israel. German distributor: Neue Visionen. Feature film, Release in German cinemas: February 2010. Funding: 10,000 euros
The World Cinema Fund not only stands for innovative cinema, visual power, and the diversity of cinematic art in the regions funded by the WCF, but also for an ideal relationship between filmmakers from these regions and the film industry in Germany. Within a short period, the WCF has established itself as a cultural-political instrument for awarding funds, as a seal of quality for the supported projects, and as an initiative for making international contacts within the business.
The WCF-Spotlight, a presentation of selected films to celebrate the World Cinema Fund’s 5th anniversary from November 4 to 7 in Berlin, also draws a positive balance. Ten films, comprised under the title Infectious Films, were shown to give the audience an impression of the authentic stories and artistic excellence of WCF films.
Submission deadline for the next round of funding: March 11, 2010
For further information, go to: www.berlinale.de
The World Cinema Fund is an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival in cooperation with Goethe Institut.
November, 10 2009