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Jul 07, 2011:
Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Latest jury decisions and start of WCF-Factories

At the 14th session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF) jury on July 3, four new film projects were selected for production funding as well as four films for distribution funding.

Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 88 projects chosen from 1,538 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 and are proof of the international success of the initiative.

Through the support of new cooperation partners - the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Deutsche Welle/DW AKADEMIE - the WCF will be able to launch a new programme in a number of African countries starting this August: WCF-Factories will be set up to promote the creative and structural autonomy of African cinema.

Latest Funding Decisions

The WCF jury made their selection from 135 submissions from a total of 41 countries. They awarded production funds totalling 140,000 euros as well as distribution funds totalling 22,500 euros. Jury members are film scholar and curator Viola Shafik (Germany/Egypt), dramaturge Alby James (Great Britain), distributor and producer Jan De Clercq (Belgium) and WCF project managers Sonja Heinen and Vincenzo Bugno.

Production funding:

In What City Does it Live?, director: Seng Tat Liew (Malaysia), Producer: Everything Films, Malaysia. Feature film. Funding: 50,000 €

Round Trip, director: Meyar Al Roumi (Syria), Producer: Maranto Films GmbH, Deutschland. Feature film. Funding: 30,000 €

Polvo (Dust), director: Julio Hernández Cordón (Guatemala), Producer: Melindrosa Films, Guatemala. Feature film. Funding: 30,000 €

Girimunho (Swirl), director: Clarissa Campolina & Helvecio Marins Jr. (Brasilien), Producer: Teia Filmes, Brazil. German Co-Producer: Autentika Films. Feature film. Funding: 30,000 €

Distribution funding:

Un homme qui crie, director: Haroun Mahamat-Saleh (Tschad), German distributor: Cine Global. Funding: 5,000 €. Release date: April 7, 2011

The Light Thief, director: Aktan Arym Kubat (Kyzgyztan), German distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih. Funding: 5,000 €. Release date: April 14, 2011

Nader and Simin, A Separation, director: Asghar Farhadi (Iran), German distributor: Alamode Films. Funding: 7,500 €. Release date: July 14, 2011

Huacho, director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras (Chile), German distributor: Kairos Filmverleih. Funding: 5,000 €. Release date: July 21, 2011

Submission deadline for the next round of production funding: August 4, 2011

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WCF-Factories Ready to Start

In August, the first WCF-Factory will be held in Burundi. Together with its local partner CoProDac, the WCF has selected the feature film Plainte contre le Burundi by Rolland Rugero. During its shoot, training will be provided for sound techniques. Most likely in October, the second WCF-Factory will be held in Burkina Faso. Imagine film institute in Ouagadougou is the WCF’s local partner for the production that has been selected there: Appoline Traoré’s Moi, Zaphira.

The World Cinema Fund is an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival in cooperation with the Goethe Institute.

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July 7, 2011

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