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Institute of Documentary Film’s Activities

Founded in 2001, INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM (IDF) is a non-profit training and networking centre based in Prague, Czech Republic, focused on the support of Central and East European creative documentary film and its wider promotion.

We work closely with Central and East European film directors and producers and provide in-depth development support for their projects as well as international promotion.

We also work with key international festivals, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, markets, film institutions, film schools, MEDIA Desks, training programmes, national film centres and various film portals, and serve as the GATEWAY TO EAST EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY FILM – an indispensable source of documentary projects and films from Central and Eastern Europe.

Hubert Bals Fund

Countries: Netherlands

Administered by the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, the Hubert Bals Fund is designed to support feature and documentary films by talented filmmakers from developing countries. Since the Fund started in 1988, well over 530 projects from independent filmmakers in Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America have received support. Approximately 80% of these projects have been realised or are currently in production. Every year, the IFFR screens completed films supported by the Fund.

Support for filmmakers from developing countries. Application deadline for HBF+Europe Minority Co-production Support: September 1, 2015.

The Hubert Bals Fund grants support in different phases in the development of a film.

1 AUGUST 2015 for HBF: Script & Project Development Support and HBF: Postproduction support Application form will be available in MyIFFR 1 week before deadline

1 SEPTEMBER 2015 for HBF+Europe Minority Co-production Support Application form will be available in MyIFFR end of May

6 OCTOBER 2015 for NFF+HBF (previously HBF Plus) - Dutch producers only, application through Netherlands Film Fund

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions website for more information about these funding categories:

General rules
The Hubert Bals Fund gives financial support twice a year
The application form will be available in MyIFFR 1 week before the deadline
Next application deadline is 1 August 2015
The complete dossier for Script & Project development needs to be available for submission at the time of applying
Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration
It is essential that the filmmaker is a citizen and lives and works in a developing country mentioned on the DAC-list. Please note: the DAC-list has been updated!
Application materials and subtitles should be in English
Applications can only be submitted in the same category more than once when specifically invited to do so
The selection committee's decisions can not be appealed

Selection criteria
Although the Fund has no rigid rules and each individual project will be judged on its own merits, there are certain limits to the field in which the Hubert Bals Fund operates.
The prime consideration of the selection committee are the artistic qualities of an application
The country of development and production should be on the DAC-list
The entry should be original, authentic and rooted in the culture of the applicant's country
The Fund only participates in projects that have strong possibilities to succeed in gathering the rest of their financing. Applicants who approach the Fund should have other interested partners in place
The Fund is restricted to the support of feature fiction films and creative feature-length documentary projects with theatrical potential. Shorts, documentaries and films specially made for television will not be taken in consideration. Creative documentary applications are only accepted for the Post-production category. Possible support for documentaries should be addressed to the IDFA Bertha Fund of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

For more information about fund categories and regulations please visit:

Hubert Bals Fund
International Film Festival Rotterdam
P.O.Box 21696
3001 AR Rotterdam
+31 108 909 090
+31 108 909 091