Berlinale’s WCF funds four pics

Projects come from Iran, Armenia, Indonesia, Israel

BERLIN — The Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund has agreed to back four films in its latest selection round, including projects from Armenia, Indonesia, Iran and Israel.

The pics include Armenian helmer Aram Shahbazyan’s “Chnchik,” co-produced by Yerevan-based Armna and Berlin’s Zero Fiction Film; Ravi Bharwani’s Indonesian drama “Jermal” from Jakarta’s Salto Films; “The Hunter” from Iranian filmmaker Rafi Pitts and Tehran-based AMA Media Prods.; and Palestinian filmmaker Tawfik Abu-Wael’s “Tanathor” from Tel Aviv-based Lama Films.

The WCF granted the projects between Euros 50,000 and Euros 65,000 ($74,000-$96,000) each. In its latest round, the seventh so far, the WCF selected the four projects from a total of 108 submissions from 40 countries.

The selection process is carried out by the WCF’s jury, whose new members include German-Egyptian film scholar and curator Viola Shafik; Swiss Television program coordinator Alberto Chollet; Alby James, script program director at the EON Screenwriters’ Workshop in London; and WCF managers Sonja Heinen and Vincenzo Bugno.

Since its founding in 2004, the WCF has provided production or distribution coin to 43 productions from a total of 710 projects submitted from 61 countries in the fund’s focus regions of Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia and the Caucasus.

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