NFF+HBF Co-Production Fall 2019 Selection
The NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme is a joint initiative by the Netherlands Film Fund (NFF) and the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF). The selected projects have received HBF development support in the past and originate from countries that are not yet strongly represented in the film world – Paraguay and Nicaragua, respectively.
La Memoria del Monte by Paraguayan director Paz Encina will be co-produced by Revolver Amsterdam. The film, which touches on the urgent issues surrounding indigenous groups in Paraguay, received the HBF Script and Project Development grant in 2017. Encina pitched first feature film Hamaca Paraguaya at CineMart 2005 and the film saw its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2006 – where it received the FIPRESCI Award.
La Hija de Todas las Rabias by Nicaraguan director Laura Baumeister, co-produced with the Dutch production company Halal, follows a neglected eight-year-old child called Maria in Nicaragua. The film was selected for the HBF Script and Project Development grant in 2018. Baumeister’s short film Isabel Im Winter (2014) was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and her recent short film Ombligo de auga had its world premiere at IFFR 2019. Representing Nicaraguan film, La Hija de Todas las Rabias will be the first-ever female-directed film and the fifth feature-film to be released from Nicaragua
Still: La Memoria del Monte