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Ana Brun and Margarita Irún in Las herederas (The Heiresses; Berlinale Competition 2018) by Marcelo Martinessi

Application Deadlines

  • Production funding: shortly after the Berlinale 2019
  • Distribution funding: from January 2018
  • Applications for WCF and WCF Europe distribution funding support can be submitted continually.

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At the 28th jury session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries recommended contributing to the funding of 13 film projects.

Five film projects - from Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Syria and Vietnam - have been proposed for production funding. Within the framework of the additional funding programme, WCF Europe, three recommendations were also announced for the production of projects from Egypt, Costa Rica and Cambodia. For the special programme WCF Africa, two more projects have been recommended for funding: one from South Africa and one from Somalia.

Three recommendations have been made for distribution funding: WCF Europe distribution funding for the Argentinian film Zama by Lucrecia Martel, for its release to cinemas in Germany, Poland, Portugal and Turkey; as well as WCF distribution funding for the German cinema release of Candelaria by Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza (Colombia / Cuba) and Las herederas by Marcelo Martinessi (Paraguay), which received the Silver Bear for Best Actress and the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the last Berlinale.
Among the funding recommendations are two projects by Berlinale Talents alumni, as well as a film that in the search for co-producers once participated in the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 196 projects chosen from 3,448 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.

Production and Distribution Funding

The WCF jury made their selection based on 203 submissions from a total of 51 countries. Their funding recommendations amount to 416,000 euros.
The jury members are producer and distributor Hania Mroué (Lebanon), documentary producer Marta Andreu (Spain), distributor and producer Jan De Clercq (Belgium), and WCF project manager Vincenzo Bugno. For WCF Africa, they are joined by the additional jurors Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo (Nigeria), a journalist, film critic, author and actor; and Dorothee Wenner (Germany), the Berlinale delegate to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Production Funding WCF

Al Sahra, a 1000 Days, director: Saeed Al Batal and Ghiath Al Haddad (Syria). Production: Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts (Lebanon).
Documentary. Funding: 25,000 €

La vaca que cantó una canción de futuro (The Cow that Sang a Song About the Future), director: Francisca Alegría (Chile). Production: Jirafa Films (Chile). Feature film. Funding: 40,000 €

Noche de fuego, director: Tatiana Huezo (Mexico). Production: Pimienta Films (Mexico) and The Match Factory (Germany).
Feature film. Funding: 30,000 €

Querência, director: Helvecio Marins Jr. (Brazil). Production: Muiraquitã Filmes e Produçoes Artísticas (Brazil). Feature film. Funding: 25,000 €

Taste, director: Le Bao (Vietnam). Production: Le Bien Pictures (Vietnam). Feature film.
Funding: 30,000 €

WCF Europe

WCF Europe has been made possible with the support of the European Commission’s Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme. Production funding has been recommended for:

Ceniza negra, director: Sofía Quirós (Costa Rica). Production: Sputnik Films (Costa Rica) and Promenades Films (France). Feature film. Funding: 30,000 €

Feathers of a Father, director: Omar El Zohairy (Egypt). Production: Synergy Films (Egypt) and Heretic (Greece). Feature film. Funding: 40,000 €

White Building, director: Kavich Neang (Cambodia). Production: Anti-Archive (Cambodia) and Apsara Films (France). Feature film. Funding: 60,000 €

WCF Africa

WCF Africa, which grants funding for projects from Sub-Saharan Africa, was launched in 2016 thanks to additional funding from the German Federal Foreign Office. Recommendations for production funding:

The Grave Digger, director: Khadar Ahmed (Somalia). Production: Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion GmbH (Germany).
Feature film. Funding: 40,000 €

The Night Outside, director: Elan Gamaker (South Africa). Production: Fireworxx Media (South Africa). Feature film. Funding: 49,000 €
Director Elan Gamaker is Berlinale Talents alumnus.

Distribution Funding WCF

Candelaria, director: Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza (Colombia)
Distribution: DCM Filmdistribution GmbH (Germany),
Feature film. Funding: 10,000 €. German release: July 5, 2018

Las herederas (The Heiresses), director: Marcelo Martinessi (Paraguay)
Distribution: Grandfilm (Germany), Feature film. Funding: 10,000 €
German release: November 29, 2018
Director Marcello Martinessi is Berlinale Talents alumnus.

Distribution Funding WCF Europe

Zama, director: Lucrecia Martel (Argentina)
World Sales: The Match Factory (Germany).
Distribution: Desforra Apache Unipessoal LDA (Portugal), Yeni Bir Film Ltd (Turkey), Grandfilm (Germany) and Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty (Poland). Feature film. Funding: 27,000 €
Zama participated in the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2013.

The 68th Berlinale will be screening five powerful but very different films, all of which were subsidised by the WCF. Three of them are documentaries and three were made by women directors. All five works will have their world premieres at the Berlinale.

WCF films have to go through the same selection procedure as all other works submitted to the Berlinale. They do not receive preferential treatment for having been supported by the WCF.

“When we founded the WCF in 2004, we had no idea how extraordinarily successful this rather unusual form of international film funding would be. Many WCF-funded films have screened not only at the Berlinale, but also at other prestigious international film festivals,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.

Current examples include I Am Not a Witch (directed by Rungano Nyoni), which ran in Cannes in the “Un Certain Regard” section; Cocote (directed by Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias), which won the Signs of Life Award electronic-art.foundation for Best Film in Locarno; as well as Félicité (directed by Alain Gomis), winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize in 2017, and the first Senegalese film to be shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The South African production The Wound (directed by John Trengove), which was selected to open the 2017 edition of Panorama, also made it onto the Oscar shortlist.

WCF-funded films at the 2018 Berlinale:

Competition:
Las herederas (The Heiresses) by Marcelo Martinessi (Paraguay / Germany / Uruguay / Norway / Brazil / France) – Debut film

Panorama:
O Processo (The Trial) by Maria Augusta Ramos (Brazil / Germany / Netherlands) - Documentary

Panorama:
Kinshasa Makambo by Dieudo Hamadi (Democratic Republic of the Congo / France / Switzerland / Germany / Qatar / Norway) - Documentary

Forum:
Teatro de guerra (Theatre of War) by Lola Arias (Argentina / Spain) – Documentary, debut film

Forum:
La cama (The Bed) by Mónica Lairana (Argentina / Germany / Netherlands / Brazil)

The World Cinema Fund’s successful cooperation with the European Film Market (EFM) will not just be continued, but intensified. Within the framework of the “Berlinale Africa Hub”, the WCF is giving a presentation on WCF Africa: so far this programme has funded seven films. At the “DocSalon”, the WCF will also come out strongly in favour of funding documentaries. Last but not least, the WCF is presenting six films it funded at the WCF Market Screenings” for buyers and festival programmers. EFM website: efm-berlinale.de

At the 27th jury session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries recommended contributing to the funding of 10 film projects.

Six films from Chile, Argentina, Vietnam, Brazil and Paraguay have been nominated for production funding. In the additional WCF Europe funding programme, the jury has recommended funding the production of a project from Morocco. In the special programme WCF Africa, they have recommended funding a Sudanese project.

Two films have received recommendations for distribution funding: WCF Europe distribution funding for the Chilean film Los Perros by Marcela Said for its release to cinemas in France, Chile and Argentina; as well as WCF distribution funding for the theatrical release of the film The Woman Who Left by Lav Diaz (Philippines) in Germany.

The latest funding recommendations again include projects by Berlinale Talents alumni, as well as projects that were once in search of co-producers and so participated in the “Talent Project Market”.

Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 183 projects chosen from 3,241 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.

Production and Distribution Funding

The WCF jury made their selection based on 171 submissions from a total of 49 countries. Their funding recommendations amount to 317,000 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 manager Vincenzo Bugno. For WCF Africa, they are joined by the additional jurors Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo (Nigeria), a journalist, film critic, author and actor; and Dorothee Wenner (Germany), the Berlinale delegate to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Production Funding WCF

Blanco en blanco (White on White), director: Theo Court (Chile). Production: Don Quijote Films (Chile) and Kundschafter Filmproduktion (Germany). Feature film. Funding: 45,000 €

Matar a un muerto (Killing the Dead), director: Hugo Giménez (Paraguay). Production: Sabaté Films (Paraguay). Feature film. Funding: 40,000 €

Nhà Cây (The Tree House), director: Truong Minh Quý (Vietnam). Production: JK Film (Vietnam). Documentary. Funding: 25,000 €
Director Truong Minh Quý is Berlinale Talents alumnus.

O Processo (The Process), director: Maria Augusta Ramos (Brazil). Production: Nofoco Filmes (Brazil). Documentary. Funding: 25,000 €

Vendrá la muerte y tendrá tus ojos (Death will Come and Shall Have Your Eyes), director: José Luís Torres Leiva (Chile). Production: Globo Rojo Producciones (Chile). Feature film. Funding: 40,000 €

Veteranos, director: Lola Arias (Argentina). Production: Gema Films (Argentina) and Sutor Kolonko (Germany). Documentary. Funding: 25,000 €

WCF Europe

WCF Europe has been made possible with the support of the European Commission’s Creative Europe MEDIA Programme.
Production funding has been recommended for:

Joint Possession, director: Leila Kilani (Morocco). Production: Socco Chico Films (Morocco) and DKB Productions (France). Feature film. Funding: 35,000 €

WCF Africa

WCF Africa, which grants funding for projects from Sub-Saharan Africa, was launched in 2016 thanks to additional funding from the German Federal Foreign Office. Recommendations for production funding:

You Will Die at Twenty, director: Amjad Abu Alala (Sudan). Production: Transit Films (Egypt) and Die Gesellschafft DGS (Germany). Feature film. Funding: 49,000 €
This project was chosen for the “Talent Project Market” 2017.

Distribution Funding WCF

Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left), director: Lav Diaz (Philippines)
Distribution: Grandfilm (Germany), Feature film. Funding: 6,000 €
German release: February 4, 2018

Distribution Funding WCF Europe

Los Perros, director: Marcela Said (Chile).
Distribution: Nour Films (France), Jirafa (Chile) and Compañía de Cine (Argentina). Feature film. Funding: 27,000 €

At the 26th jury session of the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries recommended contributing to the funding of 13 film projects.

Five film projects from Bangladesh, Palestine, Brazil, Afghanistan and Uruguay were nominated for production funding. In the additional WCF Europe funding programme, four projects from Tunisia, Brazil, Argentina and Egypt were nominated for production funding. In the special programme WCF Africa, two projects from South Africa and Sudan / South Africa were nominated for funding.

Two films were nominated for distribution funding in Germany, including Felicité by Alain Gomis, which was awarded the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prix at the Berlinale 2017.
The latest funding recommendations also include projects by Berlinale Talents alumni, as well as projects that were once in search of co-producers and so participated in the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 173 projects chosen from 3,070 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, the Caucasus, as well as from the countries Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan 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.

Production and Distribution Funding

The WCF jury made their selection based on 182 submissions from a total of 47 countries. Their funding recommendations amount to 524,000 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 manager Vincenzo Bugno. For WCF Africa, they are joined by the additional jurors Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo (Nigeria), a journalist, film critic, author and actor; and Dorothee Wenner (Germany), the Berlinale delegate to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Production Funding WCF

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, director: Muayad Alayan (Palestine), Production: PalCine Productions (Palestine) and Manderley Films GmbH (Germany). Feature film. Funding: 50.000 euros.
Director Muayad Alayan is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents (2016).

Iron Stream, director: Kamar Ahmad Simon (Bangladesh), Production: Beginning Film (Bangladesh) and Weydemann Bros. (Germany). Feature Film. Funding: 40.000 euros.
Director Kamar Ahmad Simon is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents (2012).

The Fever, director: Maya da Rin (Brazil). Production: Enquadramento Produçoes (Brazil), Still Moving (France) and Komplizen Film (Germany). Feature film. Funding: 48.500 euros.

Thus Spoke the Money Changer, director: Federico Veiroj (Uruguay). Production: Oriental Features (Uruguay), Pandora Filmproduktion GmbH (Germany). Feature film. Funding: 40.000 euros.

The Orphanage, director: Shahrbanoo Sadat (Afghanistan). Production: Wolf Pictures (Afghanistan) and Adomeit Films (Germany / Denmark). Feature Film. Funding: 60.000 euros.

WCF Europe

WCF Europe has been made possible with the support of the European Commission’s Creative Europe MEDIA Programme. Production funding has been recommended for:

Weldi, director: Mohamed Ben Attia (Tunisia), Production: Nomadis Images (Tunisia) and Les Films du Fleuve (Belgium). Feature film. Funding: 40.000 euros.
Director Mohamed Ben Attia received the GWFF Best First Feature Award for his feature debut Inhebbek Hedi which was shown in competition at the Berlinale 2016.

Overgod, director: Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil). Production: Desvia (Brazil) and Snowglobe (Denmark). Feature film. Funding: 60.000 euros.
The project was chosen for Berlinale Co-Production Market (2017).

Muere, Monstruo, Muere!, director: Alejandro Fadel (Argentina). Production: La Unión de los Ríos (Argentina) and Rouge International (France). Feature film. Funding: 40.000 euros.
The project was chosen for Berlinale Co-Production Market (2015).

Amal, director: Mohamed Siam (Egypt), Production: Artkhana (Egypt) and Andolfi Films (France). Documentary. Funding: 30.000 €.
Director Mohamed Siam is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents (2012).

WCF Africa

WCF Africa, which grants funding for projects from Sub-Saharan Africa, was launched in 2016 thanks to additional funding from the German Federal Foreign Office.
Recommendations for production funding:

A Kasha, director: Hajooj Kuka (Sudan) Production: Big World Cinema (South Africa). Feature film. Funding: 40.000 €.
Director Hajooj Kuka is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents (2016).

Sew the Winter to my Skin, director: Jahmil X.T (South Africa). Production: Spier Moving (South Africa). Feature film. Funding: 60.000 €.

WCF Distribution Funding in Germany

Felicité
Director: Alain Gomis (Senegal / France). Distribution: Grandfilm (Germany). Feature film. Funding: 10.000 €.
Silver Bear Grand Jury Prix at Berlinale 2017

German release: August 31, 2017

Frenzy (original title: Abluka)
Director: Emin Alper (Turkey). Distribution: Grandfilm (Germany). Feature film. Funding: 5.500 €.

German release: October 18, 2017


The World Cinema Fund is an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival, in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office, with further support by the Goethe-Institut.

The special WCF Europe programme was launched with the support of the European Commission’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme.
Thanks to additional funding from the German Federal Foreign Office, the special programme WCF Africa was started in 2016.

Contact

Project Manager
Vincenzo Bugno

Assistance Project Management
Isona Admetlla

Assistance – Funded Projects
Antje Glawe

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