Magazine article Screen International

"Healthier" Hubert Bals Fund Unveils Spring Selection

Magazine article Screen International

"Healthier" Hubert Bals Fund Unveils Spring Selection

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The Fund is geared toward supporting filmmakers from developing countries.

HBF will be investing in the script and project development of four titles from first-time feature filmmakers - Alice Furtado, Maya Da-Rin, Hugo Gimenez and Kaouther Ben Hania - and four projects directed by women.

The crop includes: Brief Story From The Green Planet, the latest feature by Santiago Loza; Three Missing Policemen, the new film by Chinese director Ju Anqi; and Alice Furtado's Sick Sick Sick.

Two international co-productions have also received support from HBF together with the Netherlands Film Fund: These are Something Useful by Pelin Esmer (Turkey), which is co-produced by Dutch outfit Topkapi, and White Sun by Deepak Rauniyar (Nepal), co-produced by another Dutch company, Waterland Film

HBF backed five titles in Cannes' official selection this year: Gurvinder Singh's Punjab-set drama Fourth Direction; Cemetery of Splendour by Apichatpong Weerasethakul; Arab & Tarzan Nasser's Degradé; Land And Shade by César Acevedo; and Embrace Of The Serpent by Ciro Guerra. …

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