'Streets,' 'Abouna' among selected pix

JOHANNESBERG — South African films are major beneficiaries of the latest grants by Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund for promising film projects.

African pics selected are: script and project development — “On These Streets,” Khalo Matabane, South Africa; post-production — “Promised Land,” Jason Xenopoulos, South Africa; distribution — “Abouna,” Mahamat Saleh Haroun, Chad, and “Mama Africa,” Film Resource Unit, South Africa.

Aim of the 1988-founded Hubert Bals Fund is to provide grants that will enable filmmakers in developing countries to complete their film projects. In 2001, 47 projects received financial support totaling €558,350 ($514,687).

Fund is supported by the Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry, Hivos, NCDO, DOEN Foundation and Dutch public network NPS.

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