The World Cinema Fund (WCF), which celebrated its 10th anniversary in October 2014, is growing and expanding its funding capabilities. Last year, the WCF was able to put forth new initiatives and secure its continued existence for another three years.
The WCF was founded in 2004 as an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (KSB) and the Berlin International Film Festival, and quickly became one of the leading institutions in the area of international funding for ambitious film projects. The Goethe-Institut became a cooperation partner in 2005. In 2015, the German Federal Foreign Office is increasing its direct commitment and will join the KSB as a main partner of the WCF.
Since 2004, the WCF has granted funding for the production or distribution of 124 projects in total, selected from 2,364 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, the Caucasus region, and the countries Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. All WCF films produced to date have had a cinematic release and / or screened in the programmes of well-known international film festivals - achievements that document the initiative's international success.
WCF-funded films at the 2015 Berlinale
The 2015 Berlinale programme also attests to the WCF's success. Five WCF-funded films are in this year's festival programme.
Competition: Cha và con và (Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories) by Phan Dang Di from Vietnam
Forum: Abaabi ba boda boda (The Boda Boda Thieves) by the "Yes! That’s us" Collective (Uganda / South Africa / Kenya) and Al-wadi (The Valley) by Ghassan Salhab (Lebanon)
NATIVe: Hamaca Paraguaya (Paraguayan Hammock) by Paz Encina (Paraguay 2006) and Madeinusa by Claudia Llosa (Peru 2006)
The new WCF funding initiative WCF Europe will be made possible starting in 2015 through additional financing by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Commission. The new initiative will enable the WCF to expand its work beyond its current borders and directly involve European partners as well.
The new programme's objectives include the funding of artistically compelling projects created through co-productions by so-called "small players" - countries that have not been very active, or nearly inactive, until now. With WCF Europe, the WCF aims to actively contribute to the geographic and economic democratisation of the film production landscape.
WCF Europe will also supplement the WCF distribution funding programme, supporting the increased visibility of films from WCF regions and countries inside and outside of Europe, in addition to Germany.
WCF Day, Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 11.00 am
Filmmuseum Berlin – Deutsche Kinemathek, Potsdamerstr. 2, 4th floor
The WCF invites all friends of the WCF, as well as international trade professionals, press, and the festival audience to WCF Day on February 11, 2015. Following a greeting by festival director Dieter Kosslick and WCF project manager Vincenzo Bugno and Lutz Nitsche (German Federal Cultural Foundation), Antje Glawe (WCF) will present the new project WCF on Demand.
WCF on Demand
For WCF on Demand, the WCF is making a selection of ten funded films available to interested viewers worldwide via a video-on-demand platform. The cooperation partner and funding source for WCF on Demand is the German Federal Cultural Foundation (KSB).
Two WCF podium discussions (in English) will take place following the presentation.
Panel Discussion 1, 11.30 am
Not only about cinema / Accepting the challenge
Dealing with fundamentalism, tolerance, freedom of expression
With Viola Shafik (director, film theorist, Egypt – Germany), Sepideh Farsi (director, Iran - France), Ala Al-Hamarneh (Center for Research on the Arab World CERAW, Mainz University, Jordan - Germany); Cristina Nord (film critic, Die Tageszeitung, Germany), Alin Öjeni Tasçiyan (film critic, Turkey)
When can art be regarded as opposition? When a breaking of taboo? When a moral violation? Who decides, and under what circumstances? Art as transgression: A (historical) cinematic and non-cinematic exploration.
Panel Discussion 2, 1.00 pm
Visibility of cinema from Latin America, Africa, Middle East and other regions in Europe and outside of Europe
With Jan de Clercq (Lumière Films, Belgium), Alaa Karkouti (MAD Solutions, Egypt), Artur Liebhart (Planete + Docfilm Festival, Against Gravity, Poland), Leo Cordero (Mantarraya, Mexico)
How can the visibility of cultural and geographical diversity in film production be increased worldwide? Is additional networking and cooperation among committed distributors necessary?
Panel moderator: Vincenzo Bugno / World Cinema Fund
The World Cinema Fund is an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office and with further support by the Goethe Institute.