Festival replaces Bhalotra

The Rotterdam Film Festival announced Monday it has upped Bianca Taal to manager of its Hubert Bals Fund, replacing outgoing head Marianne Bhalotra.

Taal, who has worked at the fest since 2000, was co-head of its CineMart co-production market, alongside Marit van den Elshout. Latter will become sole manager of the mart.

In recent years, Taal has been increasingly involved in selecting projects for the Hubert Bals Fund aimed at fostering filmmaking in developing countries.

Bhalotra will continue to work for the fund as a member of the selection committee.

The fund receives some 750 applications a year. It is due to publish its spring selection by May end.

The 37th Rotterdam Film Festival will unspool Jan. 23-Feb. 3. CineMart, which will celebrate its silver jubilee next year, will run Jan. 20-31.

Elshout arrived in Hong Kong on Monday; Rotterdam is a longstanding partner of the Hong Kong Asia Film Finance Forum and the Hubert Bals Fund, the cash pool that has become a regular source of coin for Asian art-house movies.

Filmart screenings feature a handful of Rotterdam titles including “The Other Half,” which received coin from Hubert Bals, and Shinya Tsukamoto’s “Nightmare Detective.”

(Patrick Frater in Hong Kong contributed to this report.)

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