Berlinale's World Cinema Fund Distributes $222,000

LONDON — The World Cinema Fund, which is backed by the Berlin Film Festival, has chosen five film projects to receive production funding and three to get distribution support.

The WCF jury, which selected from 121 submissions from 43 countries, has awarded funds totaling €164,357 ($222,000).

The following received production funding:

  • Oscar Ruiz Navia’s “Los Hongos” from Colombia received €30,000 ($41,000). It is produced by Burning Blue and Contravia Films.
  • Carlos Machado Quintela’s “Benjamin o el Planetario” (Cuba) took €35,000 ($47,000). The production company was Rizoma in Argentina. The German partner was M-Appeal.
  • Paz Encina’s documentary “Ejercicios de la Memoria” (Paraguay) also received €35,000 ($47,000). The producer was Autentika Film in Germany.
  • Julio Hernandez Cordon’s “Te Prometo Anarquia” (Guatemala) nabbed €30,000 ($41,000). The production shingle is Interior 13 from Mexico.
  • Documentary “In the Last Days of the City,” directed by Tamer El Said (Egypt), received €20,000 ($27,000). Zero Production of Egypt produces.

Distribution funding went to Hala Lofty’s “Coming Forth by Day,” Fernando Guzzoni’s “Carne de Perro” (Chile) and Jose Luis Valle’s “Workers” (Mexico).

The jury members were film scholar and curator Viola Shafik (Germany/Egypt), documentary producer Marta Andreu (Spain), distributor and producer Jan De Clercq (Belgium), and WCF project managers Sonja Heinen and Vincenzo Bugno.

Since it was set up in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to 119 projects chosen from 2,135 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, and the Caucasus.

Among the recent successes were festival winners at San Sebastian and Busan: German-Mongolian co-production “Remote Control” by Byamba Sakhya received the New Currents Award at Busan, and the Venezuelan film “Pelo Malo” by Marian Rondon was awarded the Golden Shell in San Sebastian.

The WCF is an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin Film Festival, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, with the support of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office.

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