The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to bring remarkable or urgent feature films by innovative and talented filmmakers from developing countries closer to completion. The HBF provides grants that often turn out to play a crucial role in enabling these filmmakers to realize their projects.

Although the Fund looks closely at the financial aspects of a project, the decisive factors remain its content and artistic value. Since the Fund started in 1988, close to 900 projects from independent filmmakers in Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America have received support. Annually, the Hubert Bals Fund has close to €1.2 million at its disposal and is able to make individual grants of up to € 30.000 for script and project development, digital production, post-production, workshops, distribution.

The Fund can support training initiatives for filmmakers all over the world. Workshops have been supported in for instance Ethiopia, Vietnam and Costa Rica. In Armenia, India and the Philippines, the Hubert Bals Fund has participated in co-production meetings. Each edition, the International Film Festival Rotterdam screens a large part of the year's harvest of completed films supported by the fund. Hubert Bals Fund supported films may be selected in Competition or in the main sections Bright Future, Spectrum or Signals.

The Hubert Bals Fund is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch non-governmental development organisations Hivos-NCDO Culture Foundation, the DOEN Foundation, Dioraphte Foundation and Dutch public broadcasting network NPS.

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