Asia grabs Rotterdam’s digital dough

Fest's new support program funds Asian pix

Asia’s filmmakers are the big winners in the Rotterdam film festival’s (IFFR) expanded support program, snaring all the grants in the first round of funding for digital projects.

Recipients are “At the End of the Daybreak” by Malaysia’s Ho Yuhang; “In What City Does it Live?” by fellow Malaysian Liew Seng Tat; “Mondomanila,” by Khavn De La Cruz of the Philippines; and “Weed” by China’s Wang Liren.

The grants are worth up to $25,000 apiece and are channeled through IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund,

IFFR says the fund, which hands out $1.5 million a year, “intends to be a main financier for low-budget, independent and creative, digital features.”

Last year it backed “Opera Jawa,” which screens in Pusan’s Window on Asian Cinema sidebar and is helmed by Pusan jury member Garin Nugruho.

Rotterdam has pioneered support for arthouse projects around the globe.

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