IDFA Announces Bertha Fund to Support Documentary Filmmakers in Developing Countries


The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has announced the Bertha Fund to support documentary filmmakers in developing countries.

Bertha Fund is designed to stimulate and empower the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe by supporting innovative documentary projects by talented filmmakers from these regions.

The Fund provides development, production and distribution grants through two funding schemes. Filmmakers from and living in the mentioned regions can apply for IBF Classic. European co-producers of documentaries from these regions can apply for IBF Europe.

In addition to financing, the Fund offers filmmakers tailor-made consultancies and training programmes to support them in their creative and production process. Additionally, filmmakers are invited to participate in the different industry events that IDFA has to offer and broaden their international network and knowledge of the documentary industry.

Applications to the IDFA Bertha Fund can be made in a variety of different funding categories. IBF Classic offers development and production support to filmmakers in developing countries. IBF Europe aims to stimulate the collaboration between independent European producers and producers from developing countries.
In all categories, the fund is looking for films that use strong visual treatments to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience. The Director of all applying projects should be a citizen of a country on the IBF Country List, living and working in that country.

Financial support for production and post-production allows filmmakers to realize their projects. The maximum contribution for production & post-production is €17,500. These contributions can be spent on all forms of production and post-production, from filming and editing to making the documentaries suitable for screening in cinemas, on television and at international festivals. Applications have to be submitted by a director or producer from a country on the IBF Country List and the contribution must be spent in a country on this list as well.

Application deadline is May 15, 2017.

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