The IDFA Bertha Fund (IBF) is overjoyed to announce that 12 new documentary projects have been selected to receive funding through the IBF Classic scheme. From nearly 300 submissions, six projects have been selected for development support, and six for production or post-production support. A total amount of €129,600 has been granted to the 12 projects, together making up 15 different countries. Operating since 1998, the IBF Classic is the Fund’s largest program for supporting documentary filmmakers in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and parts of Eastern Europe.
The recent selection round has revealed a new generation of filmmaking talent from around the world, with many supported directors working on their first or second feature film. Fresh from the international success of Theatre of War (2018), Argentinian director Lola Arias is back with Reas, a new hybrid docufiction film project about the women and trans inmates at a Buenos Aires prison. Russian filmmaker Aleksandr Elkan follows the IDFA-screened Hey, Bro! (2018) with new title The Shubert Effect, centering on a group of passionate amateur filmmakers from Siberia who fight against today’s harsh Russian reality, led by an eccentric and unpredictable protagonist. Known from this year’s IDFAcademy Summer School, Malian filmmaker Ousmane Samassekou’s project Witnesses from the Shadows documents a migrants’ shelter in Gao, Mali, and the powerful stories that unfold inside.
The complete list of selected projects is:
IBF Classic – Project Development
- Airborne, dir. Shaunak Sen (India)
- Do You Love Me, dir. Lana Y Daher (Lebanon/Qatar/Germany)
- I, Poppy, dir. Vivek Chaudhary (India)
- Reas, dir. Lola Arias (Argentina)
- The Shubert Effect, dir. Aleksandr Elkan (Russia)
- Witnesses from the Shadows, dir. Ousmane Samassekou, (Mali/France)
IBF Classic – Production & Post-production
- Children of the Mist, dir. Diem Ha Le (Vietnam)
- Kamay, dir. Sharokh Bikaran (Afghanistan)
- The Other Side, dir. Iván Guarnizo (Colombia/Spain)
- Roma, dir. Olga Zhurba (Ukraine/The Netherlands)
The IBF Classic selection committee included Maite Alberdi (Filmmaker, Producer, Micromundo Producciones), Rebecca Lichtenfeld (Director of Social Impact Media at Bertha Philantropies), Mohamed Siam (Filmmaker, Artkhana), Henrik Underbjerg (Producer, Stray Dog Productions), and Isabel Arrate Fernandez (Managing Director, IDFA Bertha Fund).