Hubert Bals hands out funds

Jayasundara of Sri Lanka and Adolfo Alix Jr.

BRUSSELS — Vimukthi Jayasundara of Sri Lanka and Adolfo Alix Jr. of the Philippines are among the helmers receiving coin in the latest awards from the Hubert Bals Fund, part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Jayasundara, who got the nod for best first film at Cannes in 2005 with “The Forsaken Land,” receives support to complete “Fallen from the Sky.” Pic explores contemporary Sri Lanka through the eyes of a young man traveling from the city to the tropical countryside.

Prolific helmer Alix Jr. gets funding to complete “Aurora,” about a woman held hostage in the jungle. His latest feature, “Manila,” co-directed with Raya Martin, screens in the official selection at Cannes this month.

Thirty-one projects share €450,000 ($613,000) in the current round of awards, covering script and project development, digital production and distribution. The majority hail from Asia and Latin America.

The nine films helped with post-production and final financing are all expected to screen in Rotterdam’s next edition, from Jan. 27 to Feb. 7, 2010.

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