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IDFA Bertha Fund launches new Europe programme

idfaIDFA’s new Bertha Fund for European filmmakers who are looking to co-produce documentaries with producers from developing countries, is now calling for entries.

The new programme supports the production and distribution of documentaries realised through co-productions between European producers based in a MEDIA sub-program country and producers from developing countries. For this category the applicant has to be the European producer.

The ‘classic’ IDFA Bertha Fund – now also open to entries – supports documentary filmmakers in and from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe (see here which countries are eligible) by offering them financial contributions to develop and realise their projects.

The fund is looking for new creative documentary projects, which can be submitted in the following categories:
IBF – Classic: Project Development (max. contribution € 5.000);
IBF – Classic: Production and post-production (max. contribution € 17.500);
IBF – Europe: International Co-Production (contribution € 40.000).

The deadline to submit a project is 1 February 2015. For the two IBF Classic categories there will be a second deadline in May. There are different regulations for every category. For the regulations, the online entry form and submission questions, please visit the IDFA website.


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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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