Four pix picked for Rotterdam grant

Fund aimed to help low-budget prod'ns in developing countries

LONDON — The Rotterdam Film Festival’s Hubert Bals Fund, aimed at fostering filmmaking in developing countries, has launched a new grant aimed at low-budget digital video productions.

The grant, worth up to e20,000 ($25,000) per film, can be used to finance total production costs.

“Recent developments within film technology allow filmmakers to create films on ultra-low budgets. However, financing these independent and innovative feature projects remains very difficult,” said a statement from the fund.

Four productions were selected for the grant during the fund’s recent fall 2006 selection round.

They include Malaysian Ho Yuhang’s “At the End of the Daybreak,” about a cyber-romance that leads to murder, and compatriot Liew Seng Tat’s “In What City Does It Live?” about superstition and racism in a small Muslim village.

The other recipients are Khavn De La Cruz’s portrait of the Filipino capital, “Mondomanila: How I Fixed My Hair After Rather a Long Journey,” and Chinese Wang Liren’s Beijing-set “Weed” about a shy young man who tries to woo a prostitute.

Up until now, the fund administered just three grant categories aimed at script development, post-production and distribution in the country of origin.

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